What happens in a DWI Raleigh case?

A DWI case, like any criminal case in North Carolina, will ends in either a conviction, an acquittal, or a dismissal.

You can be convicted of a DWI offense either by a judge (in District or Superior Court) or a jury (in Superior Court). You can also be convicted of a DWI offense if you plead guilty to the offense as part of a plea agreement.

A District Attorney can decide to dismiss your DWI case for a variety of reasons, including the weakness of the case or because you have entered into a plea agreement whereby you are pleading guilty to other charges. If your case is dismissed, you face no criminal liability from the DWI charge.

A judge might decide to dismiss the case because the judge believes there is a lack of evidence, or because the District Attorney has not moved quickly enough to prosecute the case.

Finally, you might be acquitted of the charges. An acquittal is a finding by a Judge or a Jury (in Superior Court) that you are not guilty – innocent! – of the DWI charge.

If you are found not guilty, you incur no further criminal liability from the DWI charge. If found not guilty, you pay no fines or costs of court, and suffer no additional suspension of your driving privileges.

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.