Driving While Impaired

All 50 states currently have .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for noncommercial drivers. If you operate a vehicle with a BAC level of .08% or greater, you can be charged with driving while impaired (DWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). For commercially licensed drivers, the legal limit is considerably lower at .04% BAC. For drivers under the age of 21, any alcohol concentration can lead to a charge of DWI.

North Carolina DWI laws and sentencing structures are some of the most complicated and severe in the country. Law enforcement frowns upon intoxicated drivers on North Carolina highways. As a result, arrests for DWI in Haywood County totaled over 350 in 2014 alone. If you or a loved one is charged with DWI/DUI it is in your best interest that you contact a lawyer experienced in DWI defense immediately. The attorneys at Earwood, Moore, Carpenter & Guy are experienced and knowledgeable DWI/DUI defense lawyers.

Things to keep in mind if you find yourself charged with DWI:

  • DWI is not solely concerned with alcohol impairment, but the charge is inclusive of many impairing substances, including both prescription and illicit drugs.
  • If North Carolina asserts that you “refused” a chemical analysis, then a mandatory one year license suspension applies. Refusals are appealable.
  • Under certain mitigating and aggravating factors, a court may impose a sentence of up to two years in prison.
  • Fines, court costs, increased insurance premiums, and other associated fees can add up quickly and likely reach into thousands of dollars.

Each year, we represent individuals from all walks of life, professions, and ages that stand accused of DWI/DUI. Our attorneys understand that this process can be embarrassing both socially and professionally. Drawing on our vast experience, our attorneys will carefully explain the sentencing guidelines and discuss potential aggravating/mitigating evidence in your case. If eligible, we will promptly secure and reinstate your driving privileges, this can include pretrial privileges. If the case is one in which a defense can be raised, then we will file the appropriate motions and prepare for trial. At trial, we will professionally and aggressively assert your rights.

Our DWI Services Include:

  • Developing a personalized plan of action
  • Obtaining / reinstating driver’s licenses and privileges
  • Advising clients and their loved ones on navigating the complex non-criminal consequences of DWI
  • Introducing clients to valuable community resources, including: counseling services, alcohol assessors, inpatient substance abuse programs, outpatient substance abuse programs, ignition interlock providers, community services opportunities, and insurance providers.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated in North Carolina or on the Qualla Boundary (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Reservation), contact Earwood, Moore, Carpenter & Guy for consultation today. We can help you through every step of the process.

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