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Charlotte Traffic Offenses & DWI Attorneys

Legal Counsel for Driving Offenses in Raleigh & Smithfield

If you are facing a traffic violation or a DWI charge, you need a confident ally on your side you can help seek the appropriate justice for you and your case. Vásquez Law Firm, PLLC, is a criminal defense law firm that understands the anxiety traffic offense cases cause and seeks to provide the compassionate guidance you need to navigate your case a satisfying conclusion.

Our Charlotte criminal defense attorneys assist with traffic violations including:

  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Open container violations

    If you are facing a traffic violation, contact our office at (704) 271-5597 to learn about how we can help you. You always have options, and Vásquez Law Firm, PLLC, is here to help you understand them.

    Penalties for DWI in North Carolina

    North Carolina has strict laws and penalties regarding operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The repercussions for driving under the influence can be extensive. In addition to the criminal charge you’ll face, you may also have to answer to the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles.

    Under their campaign, “Booze It and Lose It,” you may lose your license if there is proof that you were driving under the influence or you willfully refused to take a breath or blood test. The Court may suspend your license for 30 days if your test result is .08 or higher under North Carolina General Statute §20-16.5(e).

    The Department of Transportation will immediately suspend your driver’s license if you refuse to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test. This is due to North Carolina’s Implied Consent law, which requires all licensed drivers to submit to a chemical test if police believe they are driving while intoxicated. In addition to losing your driver’s license, you can also face harsh penalties in criminal court for violating the Implied Consent law.

    Is DWI in NC a Felony or Misdemeanor?

    There is a special statute for sentencing impaired driving in North Carolina. Impaired driving is not truly a misdemeanor or felony, except in the case of Habitual Impaired Driving. For simplicity's sake, DWI cases are more similar to misdemeanors than felonies.

    What to Expect After a DWI Charge

    Prior to sentencing, the judge will take into account whether or not you had any aggravated or grossly aggravating factors associated with your DWI charge. For example, the judge will look to see if your breath test was well above the legal limit or if you had a minor in your vehicle. You will be sentenced based on one of five levels, with Level One being the most serious.

    There is quite a difference in penalties based on your sentencing level. In certain circumstances, it is also possible that your vehicle can be impounded and sold at auction; during which time you can be responsible for the impoundment fees. Depending on your case, you may also be required to complete community service and can even be put on probation. Under North Carolina law, a DWI first offense conviction results in a mandatory 12-month license suspension, depending on the judge’s decision.

    Second Time DWI Offense

    When you are faced with a DWI second offense, the penalties will be more severe than for a DWI first offense, however, it does not mean that you should simply plead guilty. Based on the level the judge uses for sentencing, jail time may range from as little as 24 hours to as much as 2 years in prison or the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The same is true for the court fine, which can range from a relatively minimum amount to several thousand dollars, depending upon the level of offense.

    It is possible that if sentenced at level 3, 4 or 5, the judge may impose a penalty of community service ranging from 24 to 72 hours in lieu of jail time. You need the representation of a DWI defense attorney from Vásquez Law Firm, PLLC. We will fight for your rights and help protect your freedom.

    Why You Need Our Charlotte Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Having a reliable attorney has a substantial impact on the outcome of cases. In traffic cases, the presence of an attorney is the most significant influence on the outcome of a traffic violation. Many defendants do not understand how the court system works or what happened to them in court. A survey found that 32.7% of those charged did not understand what occurred in the courtroom.

    Don’t go about this process alone. Count on us to help you with every step of your case. At Vásquez Law Firm, PLLC, we defend clients in traffic violation cases throughout Charlotte, Raleigh, and Smithfield. Contact us at (704) 271-5597.

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