Driving While Impaired

Driving While Impaired

If you were charged with the offense of Driving While Impaired (DWI) it is crucial that you immediately hire an experienced attorney to help you.

The legal landscape of DWI law shifted dramatically over the last several years. Now, first time offenders may be fined up to $10,000.00 and could serve a mandatory prison sentence of 12 months. If you are convicted of DWI and a child under the age of 18, a person with a physical disability preventing unaided exit from your vehicle or a person with the mental development of a child under the age of 18 was a passenger in your car, you may spend 7 days up to 12 months in jail for your first offense.

The North Carolina General Assembly, Law Enforcement, Local Prosecutors and District and Superior Court Judges all take DWI cases very seriously. You should too.

The legal maxim that you are innocent until proven guilty remains true. However, if you are charged with DWI, you immediately lose your civil driving privilege for 30 days. If you refuse to blow into the INTOX EC/IR II and/or fail to provide a blood sample, you will lose your driving privilege for 1 year and 30 days.

We can help you get a limited privilege in either case.

DWI Defense is a very specialized field. With the legal market flooded with attorneys, it’s critical that you choose someone who will fight for your rights, not just collect a fee.

Even if there is no defense to your case, we will do everything in our power to mitigate your exposure to excessive fines and jail time. We will also help you take steps to address your substance abuse issues should that apply to your situation.

Both Jim and Wade Carpenter have won jury trials for clients charged with DWI. They also won a number of DWIs for clients at the District Court level. The facts of every case are different. We will take the time to analyze your case and develop a defense that works best for you.

Please contact us at 704-861-8100 or by email so that we can discuss your options.