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Raleigh, NC Attorneys for Repeat DWI Charges

North Carolina Multiple DWI Defense Lawyers

Lawyers in Wake County for Second and Third DWI Offenses

If you are facing driving while impaired (DWI) charges, and you already have a DWI conviction on your record, you probably know that the consequences of another conviction could change your life. The laws that address DWI in North Carolina are among the strictest in the nation, even for a first offense, but not all first offenders are required to participate in alcohol treatment programs. This means that many first-time offenders are likely to drink and drive again, and things only get harder for repeat offenders.

At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys understand what is at stake when you are facing charges for a second, third, or other repeat DWI offense. We are resourceful legal professionals who will be honest with you, explore every possible angle, and work diligently to get you the best possible outcome for your case. With over 35 years of combined criminal law experience, we know how to get results, and we are prepared to put our proven, client-first approach to work for you.

Repeat DWI Laws in North Carolina

In many states, the laws that prohibit intoxicated driving provide a specific level of charge and predetermined consequences for second, third, and subsequent drunk driving offenses. North Carolina, however, handles things a little differently. Under North Carolina law, any drunk driving offense is classified into one of five levels based on the circumstances of the case. The level of a particular offense will depend on the consideration of both aggravating factors and mitigating factors. One of the most important aggravating factors is the driver's previous DWI history. If you already have a DWI conviction on your record, you are likely to face more severe penalties if you are convicted again.

There are, however, other consequences that are specific to a repeat offense and will apply in addition to the penalties prescribed by the North Carolina DWI level. For example, a second conviction will result in:

  • A suspension of your driving privileges for four years if your first offense was within the last three years
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device upon restoration of your license
  • Required substance abuse assessment

A third conviction in ten years will lead to:

  • A permanent suspension of your driving privileges if your most recent prior conviction was within the last five years
  • Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device if you are eligible for license restoration
  • Possible forfeiture of your vehicle
  • Substance abuse assessment

If you are convicted a fourth time, you could also be convicted of a separate charge of habitual impaired driving. Habitual impaired driving is a felony, and mandatory punishments include a minimum of one year in jail, a permanent license revocation, and the forfeiture of your vehicle.

Protecting Your Future in Wake County

At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, we know that facing a repeat DWI charge can be frightening, as the penalties for a second or third conviction are severe. It is important to understand, however, that you are not alone, and we are here to help. When you choose our firm to help with your case, we will do everything we can to increase your chances of a favorable outcome. We will carefully review the circumstances of your case, looking for any and all details that could be useful in building your defense.

Depending on the situation, our lawyers understand that negotiating a deal with prosecutors may be in your best interests, and we will work hard to get you the best possible plea bargain. If a plea deal is not the best course of action, our attorneys are also skilled litigators who will advocate tenaciously on your behalf at trial.

Schedule a Free Consultation

For more information about our law firm and our approach to repeat or multiple DWI charges, contact us today. Call 1-844-YO-PELEO or 919-989-3000 for a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation. The Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC serves clients in Raleigh, Charlotte, Smithfield, Johnston County, Mecklenburg County, Wake County, and the surrounding communities. Hablamos Espanol.

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