When a person is pulled over and charged for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI), they can face a host of serious consequences. For almost all drivers who are found guilty of DWI or DUI offenses, there are hefty fines to pay, license suspensions, mandatory DWI or DUI classes, and sometimes even jail time. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is serious business, and it should be, since statistically speaking there are about 10,000 deaths each year attributed to DUI or DWI, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Still, sometimes people make mistakes, and although they would never dream of driving under the influence while they are sober, alcohol and drugs can cloud their judgement. The Beaver Law Firm understands this, and is here to represent you if you find yourself charged with a DUI or DWI.
Once you are charged with a DWI or DUI, you have a right to a court appointed lawyer or you can hire one yourself. Many people believe that as long as someone is a lawyer that they can help them in a DUI or DWI case. We want to encourage you to give us a call because as serious as the consequences of a DUI or DWI conviction are, you need someone in your corner who not only understands DUI and DWI cases, but also is highly knowledgeable in North Carolina laws concerning Driving Under the Influence and Driving While Impaired offenses.
You also need to understand how the Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) works in North Carolina. You may believe that you are fine as long as you have a BAC lower than the state limit of 0.08 percent. However, that only applies to those over the age of 21, and it doesn’t apply to commercial drivers or those with a prior DWI or DUI conviction. Those limits are lower, and if you are under 21, any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream means you are legally impaired.
Many people believe that they have to take a Breathalyzer test if pulled over on a suspicion of a Driving While Impaired or Driving Under the Influence. That is not true. You do have the right to refuse the Breathalyzer test, but you should know that doing so may result in greater penalties in the end.
Some people are under the understanding that a conviction for a DWI or DUI means that they will face jail time. It is true that jail time is a real possibility, but for most first time offenders who are simply pulled over for a DWI or DUI, they shouldn’t see any jail time other than the time they will spend possibly in jail at the time of their arrest.
You also may be under the impression that once convicted of a DUI or DWI you will lose your license indefinitely. That is not true in most cases, although suspended license times could range from a year to a few years.
At the Beaver Law Firm we understand what it will take to get you the fairest sentence possible in your Driving While Impaired or Driving Under the Influence case. We are here to help you make the best out of a bad situation. Are you facing a DWI or DUI charge? Give us a call at (919) 578-8551 and let us go to work for you!