A conviction of driving while impaired in North Carolina can have a serious impact on your life, your finances, and your reputation. A DWI conviction may result in a sizable fine, loss of your driver’s license, and even the loss of your freedom if you have prior convictions. If you or a loved one has been charged with DWI, or driving under the influence (DUI) as it’s often called, you need to speak with one of our knowledgeable DWI defense lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, attorneys David Teddy and Daniel Talbert are both Board-Certified Specialists in Criminal Law, an elite level of certification recognized by the North Carolina Bar. Less than 4 percent of lawyers in the state are board certified. In addition, Mr. Teddy has received special training in the defense of people charged with driving while impaired. He is also the author of “A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Defending a DWI Case in North Carolina,” which teaches other attorneys how to handle DWI cases.
If you are facing a DWI charge, you need a highly qualified Shelby DWI attorney who will map out a strong defense strategy and fight aggressively for your rights. Contact us today to discuss your options for moving past this stressful incident and on with your life.
North Carolina DWI laws indicate that motorists may be charged with driving while impaired if they are under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs. Drivers who register .08 or higher on a blood alcohol test or breath test may be charged with DWI.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety outlines five levels of misdemeanors for a DWI, as well as a felony charge. Punishments for DWI in North Carolina include:
Felony DWI: Drivers who have three DWI convictions within the past seven years can face a felony DWI charge. They face a mandator minimum jail term of one year, as well as completion of a substance abuse program.
Drivers who are younger than 21 face penalties if there is any amount of alcohol in their system or on their breath.
In addition to fines and jail time, DWI convictions will result in a revoked driver’s license. Additional punishments may include mandatory substance abuse treatment and forfeiture of vehicles.
Schedule a consultation with our experienced North Carolina DWI attorneys today to discuss your case and learn how we will fight the charges you are facing.
The factors a judge may take into consideration when determining a DWI punishment include:
A first-time DWI conviction typically does not carry jail time if there are no aggravating factors. However, the court will consider all these factors in determining the sentence.
As with any criminal charge, you are innocent until proven otherwise, and there may be many opportunities to poke holes in the prosecution’s case against you. Some of the common DWI defenses we will explore in your case are:
Our dedicated Shelby DWI lawyers will seize every opportunity to chip away at the prosecution’s case with the goal of having the charges against you dropped or reduced. Contact us today to discuss what DWI defense strategies could be used in your case.
If you have been convicted of a DWI in North Carolina, your driver’s license will be revoked for one year. Our North Carolina traffic lawyers may be able to help you obtain limited driving privileges so you can drive to work, school, church, community service assignments, and court-ordered treatments and assessments.
Limited driving privileges are issued at the discretion of the court. Our Shelby DWI attorneys will review with you whether you may be eligible for limited driving privileges and discuss what steps you need to take to request these privileges.
A DWI conviction can hang heavy over your head and haunt you into the future, affecting your personal relationships and employment opportunities. That’s why it is extremely important to work with a highly qualified North Carolina DWI lawyer who will fight fiercely to have the charges against you dropped or reduced.
At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, our dedicated attorneys believe in the presumption of innocence, and we treat every client with the sensitivity and respect you deserve. Schedule a consultation with our seasoned legal team today to review the details of your case and learn how we can help. Call or fill out our online form to get started.
Our firm is proud to represent clients throughout Shelby, Rutherfordton, Lincolnton, Gastonia, and surrounding counties.