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 Shelby criminal 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.
The law office of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is located in Shelby, N.C. approximately 40 miles west of Charlotte, N.C. Our mission is to provide aggressive, innovative, and passionate representation for people who are often in the midst of stress and anxiety associated with legal problems.
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 mandatory 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.
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.
Our North Carolina traffic lawyers may be able to help you obtain limited driving privileges so you can drive to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
A driving privilege can be given out to those with a suspended license. These privileges have strict rules and require the driver to only use their car when going to and from work.
Here is what is needed to be awarded one: