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Will I Lose My License If I Get a DWI In Eastern North Carolina?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

DWI cases are two-fold, there is the criminal case against you for DWI and there is also an administrative portion of the matter concerning your right to drive. What most people don’t realize when they receive a DWI is that they must fight both of these cases in order to reach an acceptable outcome. The portion of the case dealing with your driver’s license should not be ignored because you face the loss of your driving privileges. If you are unable to drive, it will be difficult for you to get to work or school, and can cause a strain on your relationships with family and friends.

The North Carolina statute on DWI makes it a crime to operate a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. There are also rules in place for how your ability to drive is treated:  

  • Loss of driving privileges for your first conviction is for a period of one year.  
  • For subsequent convictions within three years of a first conviction, your right to drive is revoked for four years.

If you willfully refuse a chemical analysis of your breath, the DMV can suspend your license for a year even before you are ever tried for the DWI.

There are factors which can be argued in your favor to reduce or alter these times, but you must act fast. Failing to timely request a modification of your license revocation will leave you without a remedy. It is also important to know that if you are charged with a DWI while on a suspended license for a prior DWI, the state can seize your vehicle. In that instance, you face not only an inability to drive, but are left without a car. For most people, being able to drive and having a car to drive are vital components to everyday life. Protect your rights by calling a trained criminal defense attorney today.

For more information about your driving rights when charged with DWI in eastern North Carolina, call a criminal defense lawyer for answers to your questions. We explain your options and help you make decisions that fit your circumstances. Our approach is tailored to the specific facts of your case.