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.