A DWI can happen to anyone, and there are serious consequences associated with a conviction. An experienced Taylorsville or Statesville DUI/DWI attorney can guide you through the process, helping you stay out of jail and keep your license. At Gottholm, Ralston & Benton, PLLC, we represent individuals throughout North Carolina who face drinking and driving charges. We understand that one mistake does not make you a criminal, and we will help you get through this difficult time.
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DUI/DWI statutes involve perhaps the most complex and ever-evolving area of the law. If you are facing a driving while impaired charge, you should know that you are involved in a high-stakes affair that requires skilled legal counsel. As law enforcement develops and employs more focused and aggressive enforcement measures, constitutional rights can be abused and violated. It is important for you to consider hiring a criminal defense attorney who knows how to protect those rights.
Consequences of a DUI/DWI conviction are serious and long term. Even for a first offense with no prior criminal record you will face:
- Court costs and fines
- Mandatory community service
- A substance abuse assessment, with a requirement you comply with the recommendations of that assessment
- Suspension of your driver's license
- A dramatic increase in your auto policy premiums
- Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle depending on your blood alcohol content (BAC)
- Potential jail time
- Potential limited driving privilege (to and from work, to and from community service, or to and from substance abuse counseling center)
Repeat offenders within seven years face harsher penalties, including mandatory minimum incarceration of seven to 30 days, and you will not be eligible for a limited driving privilege if you are convicted.Contact a Mocksville Drunk Driving Defense Attorney
If you have a revoked license after failing a Breathalyzer test or field sobriety test, and are now facing DUI/DWI charges, we can protect your rights in criminal court and help you get your driving privileges back. From our Taylorsville and Statesville offices, we represent clients throughout North Carolina. Contact our criminal defense law firm today for more information about your options.