The Sobering Aftermath Of A Drunk Driving Charge

Seeing the flashing lights in your rearview mirror was just the beginning. As frightening as the actual arrest might have been, the consequences you can face for being convicted of DWI can be even scarier. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could face jail time and stiff fines. Losing your license could mean you can't get to work or school. Having to explain to your friends, family and co-workers why you can't drive anymore can be embarrassing and stigmatizing. If you're in this situation, you need help.

In some cases, the police may not have even had a valid reason to pull you over. Being charged with drunk driving doesn't have to be the end of the world, but you do need a lawyer who can help you make the most of your situation and mitigate the potentially harsh consequences you face. At The Wagoner Law Firm, PLLC, I am committed to helping clients reclaim a sense of hope after being charged with DWI.

A Sliding Scale Of Consequences

The consequences people face for a DWI in North Carolina are not one-size-fits-all. You will face increased penalties, for example, if:

  • You have previous convictions.
  • You were driving at an excessive speed.
  • You were driving with a revoked license.
  • Your blood alcohol content (BAC) was over .15 percent.

Furthermore, you can be charged with DWI for having a BAC of less than the standard .08 percent, if, for example:

  • You're a commercial driver.
  • You're under the age of 21.
  • You have a prior DWI conviction.

Whether you would face jail time, heavy fines, a suspended or revoked license, substance abuse treatment or community service, the penalties for a DWI conviction can weigh heavily on your life. I can help you reach a better outcome. When you come in to discuss your case, I can give you some perspective about your options and how we might best proceed in your case.

Any field test, blood alcohol or breath test that the arresting officer performs can be used as evidence against you. However, those tests can also become the basis of a DWI case. Was the equipment calibrated and used correctly? Did the officer conduct the arrest appropriately? These are matters we can discuss when you come in for your consultation.

Learn More Today

While you're likely already stressed out, it costs you nothing to come in and get the information you need from an experienced DWI attorney. To make an appointment to talk to me at my Wilmington office, call 910-782-2962 or use my online contact form to tell me what's going on.