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North Carolina DWI Attorney

Drunk or drugged driving, commonly referred to as “Driving While Impaired,” is considered a very serious offense in North Carolina. Committing such an offense will drain you of time, energy, and money. Additionally, driving while impaired can cause serious injury or death to another person and/or yourself. North Carolina places all drinking and drugged driving laws under the general offense category of DWI. Identifying a person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) at any relevant time after driving is the most common way North Carolina law enforcement officials determines if someone is impaired. Whether someone is impaired under the North Carolina DWI laws depends on several factors and is not the same for everyone. Generally, the law sets the standards for allowable BAC while operating a vehicle based on age and the type of vehicle being driven. The general limits for BAC at relevant times after driving is as follows:

  • 21 years or older: 0.08%
  • Commercial Drivers: 0.04%
  • Younger than 21: no alcohol concentration
  • Prior DWI: 0.04% (this depends on whether you were previously convicted of DWI and when the DWI conviction occurred)

Officers will also look for aggravating factors like physical or mental fitness to determine if you are appreciably impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both.

A DWI conviction in North Carolina is not take lightly. Your punishment for a DWI conviction will be determined by many factors including the presence of mitigating or aggravating factors, your actual BAC, your age, your number of prior convictions for DWI, your driving record, your license type. An experienced North Carolina DWI attorney will help you to understand your possible punishments and work with you to receive the lightest punishment available under the law.

Possible penalties include:

  • Fines
  • Suspended or revoked license
  • Jail time
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Required use of Ignition Interlock Systems for your vehicle
  • Required periods of Complete Abstinence from Alcohol
  • Increased car insurance rates


Hire A DWI Attorney

If you are arrested for DWI, you should find a North Carolina DWI attorney immediately. A DWI attorney, like Chad Brown, will be familiar with state rules and will assess your case with knowledge of the legal proceedings to come. Persons charged with DWI will have to appear before a judge and should hire a lawyer as soon as possible.

A competent North Carolina DWI attorney can work to help you receive the minimum penalties for the charge. They will also be able to work with the judge and prosecutor about limited driving privileges and penalty alternatives like community service. If needed, an attorney will know how DWI charges are established and proved and will be able to challenge the arresting officer and the state if evidence was obtained improperly, if you were arrested without probable cause, or if the evidence does not support a DWI conviction. In short, a North Carolina DWI attorney will have the experience and resources that their client likely will not have to help them obtain the best possible sentence or have the charges dismissed altogether.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DWI, contact Chad Brown Law right away. He will give you the legal representation you deserve, giving your case the best chance for a positive outcome.

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NC 28687

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104 Broad St

Wilkesboro, NC 28697

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