Happy St. Patrick’s Day! When this day of celebration and revelry falls on a Friday, as it does this year, the amount of partying and imbibing is increased. If you plan on drinking, please arrange in advance not to drive home. Have a designated driver, take a taxi, or call Uber. It is not worth the risk to yourself and others to drive while impaired. It is also highly expensive if you are arrested and charged.
In the event you use poor judgment and get arrested and charged with DWI in Charlotte or anywhere else in North Carolina, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
There are a variety of issues that may constitute a defense that only an experienced criminal defense attorney can properly litigate on your behalf. These include, but are not limited to, the following: reasonable suspicion to pull over your vehicle; legal validity of traffic checkpoint; proper administration of field sobriety and alcohol breath testing; probable cause for arrest; proof of impairment.
Conviction of DWI in NC carries serious consequences, including: possible jail time; suspension of driver’s license; greatly increased insurance premiums; possible requirement of installation of ignition interlock device on your car; community service; alcohol assessment and treatment; and large monetary penalties in the form of court costs and fines.
You should never represent yourself when charged with DWI in North Carolina. You have the right to be represented by counsel of your choice or, if you cannot afford your own lawyer, the court will appoint one for you. Good luck and be safe.