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DWI Laws in North Carolina
In North Carolina, you could be charged with a DWI if you are driving under the influence of an impairing substance or if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit (0.08 percent). For those who have a CDL and are driving a commercial vehicle, the legal limit is 0.04 percent. Minors are held to a zero-tolerance policy and could be arrested if any amount of alcohol is detected in their blood or breath. You may also face DWI charges if there are any Schedule 1 controlled substances in your system.
In North Carolina, driving while impaired, also known as a DWI, can potentially pack some rather severe penalties, even for a first-time offense. If you were arrested and charged with a DWI, the knowledgeable criminal defense team at Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC in Carteret County can provide the skilled and aggressive legal representation you need to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. Our team includes the experience of a former prosecutor, so you can rely on our unique insight to build a strong defense on your behalf.
Penalties for a First-Time DWI Offense
There are many factors that could impact the penalties you may face for a first-time DWI conviction.
Below are some examples of factors that could play a role in your case:
- Dangerous or reckless driving
- A BAC of 0.15 or more
- An accident caused by negligent driving
- Driving with a minor in the vehicle during your first offense
- Severely injuring someone at the time of your offense
For a first-time offense in North Carolina, you may face the following penalties, depending on the details of your case:
- Level Five DWI - Between 24 hours to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $200
- Level Four DWI - Between 48 hours to 120 days in jail and a fine of up to $500
- Level Three DWI - Between 72 hours to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- Level Two DWI - Between 7 days to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000
- Level One DWI - Between 30 days to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $4,000
- Aggravated Level One DWI - Between a year to 3 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
Speak to an Experienced DWI Attorney About Your Case Today!
Even for a first-time DWI offense, the impact on your future can be substantial, which is why you must obtain skilled legal counsel. Let the knowledgeable team at Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC in Carteret County help you!
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