North Carolina’s laws regarding driving while impaired (DWI) are among the strictest in the nation, and recent updates to this body of legislation have strengthened the sentencing guidelines for DWI convictions. Currently, if you are arrested for and convicted of a DWI anywhere in North Carolina, you may:
• Not be allowed to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.04 during your probation
• Not be allowed to have a BAC that exceeds 0.00, nor will you be able to get your license reinstated, if you have been convicted of your second DWI
• Be required to have an ignition interlock system installed in your car if you are convicted of a DWI with a BAC of 0.16 or greater
In addition to these consequences, people convicted of DWI may also have to:
• Pay costly court fines and restitution fees
• Spend some time in jail
• Perform a number of days of community service
• Attend state-mandated education classes
Following a DWI arrest, victims will likely be overwhelmed, anxious, stressed out and humiliated. While their personal reputation and self-esteem may suffer, in the worst cases, DWI arrests can cause people to lose their jobs and loved ones.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DWI in Lee County or anywhere in the state of North Carolina, the esteemed DWI attorneys in Lee County at Kelly & West welcome you to attend an evaluation to learn more about your legal rights. We will fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected at every stage of the process.