Driving While Impaired Charges are Commonplace

Senator John Kerry’s daughter was arrested earlier this week in California on suspicion of drunk driving. I’ve written elsewhere about North Carolina’s Driving While Impaired (DWI) laws and how harsh they can be.

As you can see, many people – even sons and daughters of famous people – have been arrested on Driving While Impaired. While Driving While Impaired (DWI) is a criminal offense, it is one of the most common criminal offenses in the country.

People come to my Raleigh office ashamed of having allegedly committed a DWI offense. But what I tell them is that while no one should drive drunk, people should understand that this is a relatively common occurrence.

It’s important, however, that if you are arrested on a Driving While Impaired (DWI) charge, you should understand that North Carolina and the Wake County District Attorney treat these incidents harshly.

It’s therefore in your best interest to hire an attorney who is going to work diligently and carefully on your case, and who is ready and willing to go to trial – including Superior Court Trial – in order to defend your rights.

As I’ve written elsewhere, there are a lot of potential defenses to DUI/DWI charges in Wake County and North Carolina. It’s in your best interest to defend against the charges with an attorney who will defend them properly.

In addition, in most cases, you are eligible for the restoration of limited driving privileges within the first 30 days of your arrest. And you are usually eligible for limited driving privileges even following conviction.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.