What is a DWI?

A DWI is a criminal charge that can lead to a conviction in which the State of North Carolin asserts that the a person was 1) operating a vehicle, 2) upon a public street, highway, or other public vehicular area, 3) while subject to an impairing substance proved by either a chemical analysis or by the testimony of witnesses who show to the Court or the jury that the person was appreciably impaired.

A DWI conviction in North Carolina can lead to up to three years in prison, a permanent revocation of a driver license, and additional punishments. In addition, a DWI conviction will result in increased insurance rates, and, in some cases, a permanent criminal record that will follow the person around for the rest of his or her life.

Can I Beat a DWI?

You may be able to win your DWI, but it will depend on the facts of the case – why you were stopped, why you were arrested, and the results of the chemical analysis, if any.

But winning a DWI in Raleigh can take as long as a year or two, depending on whether you are convicted in District Court, whether you appeal that conviction, and whether there was blood drawn your case.

How do I hire a DWI Lawyer?

Hiring a good DWI lawyer can make all the difference in your case. Find a lawyer who goes to trial on DWI cases, who is willing to consult with expert witnesses, and who is fluent in both the law and the science (or pseudo-science) behind DWI prosecutions.

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.