North Carolina Driving While Impaired cases, often referred to simply as “DWIs” or “DUIs,” are some of the most frequently litigated cases in North Carolina Courts for several reasons:
- The consequences of a DWI conviction in North Carolina can be harsh, even for someone with a clean record;
- The law surrounding DWI charges is extremely technical;
- DWI cases are very fact-specific, meaning most DWI cases are unique, and require a careful analysis of how the North Carolina General Statutes and most recent case law apply to the facts of each case.
If you have been charged with an Impaired Driving offense, Ryan can help. As a former Assistant District Attorney, Ryan spent approximately two years in District Court. He personally reviewed and prosecuted hundreds of factually unique DWI cases. Because of this, Ryan understands the strengths and weaknesses of individual DWI cases. He can look at the facts of your case and tell you what legal arguments, if any, you have in your defense. Don’t go through the system alone. It is well worth your time to speak with an experienced North Carolina DWI defense attorney.
DWI Defense Strategies
The law surrounding DWI cases is complex and technical. An experienced DWI defense attorney must evaluate whether the police acted in accordance with rights guaranteed by the Constitution, whether police followed standards and procedures spelled out in the North Carolina General Statutes, and finally, how recent case law decisions interpret Constitutional and Statutory rights and procedures. In terms of evaluating possible defenses, there are four main areas to consider:
DWI Sentencing – How It Works
A conviction for Driving While Impaired in North Carolina can carry serious consequences. The best case scenario for someone convicted of a DWI will be court costs and fines, a suspended jail sentence, and probation with community service requirements. On the other end of the spectrum there is the possibility of up to 24 months active jail time depending on “aggravating” and “grossly aggravating” sentencing factors, discussed below.