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DUI/DWI

Greensboro DUI Lawyer Assists Motorists Accused of Drunk Driving

Dedicated North Carolina lawyers provide strong DWI defense

North Carolina’s drunk driving laws are complicated and harsh. Motorists who have been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) sometimes fail to understand the defenses that are available to them, even if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeded the legal limit. Moreover, the fear and embarrassment associated with an arrest might persuade an accused driver to surrender his or her legal rights just to get the case over quickly. Greensboro’s Coalter Law, PLLC is dedicated to giving individuals accused of DWI the comprehensive legal support they deserve.

Greensboro firm battles to prevent license suspension, fines and jail time

Misdemeanor DWI is classified at five levels under state law, with Level I being the most serious. For most drivers, a .08 percent BAC means that someone is legally intoxicated. However, commercial drivers have a tougher .04 percent standard, and motorists under the age of 21 are not permitted to have any alcohol in their system. Penalties for DWI are based on a number of factors but may involve:

  • License suspension — Upon being charged with DWI, your driver license is suspended. Though the term is set for 30 days, we work to restore your driving privileges much sooner. If you are convicted for the first time, you face a suspension that can run for up to one year.
  • Fines and insurance penalties — As the levels of severity increase, so do fines associated with drunk driving convictions. You can also face higher insurance costs following a DWI. That’s why it’s a good idea to understand the consequences associated with a guilty plea.
  • Ignition interlock devices — After a second offense within a seven-year period, a driver must install an ignition interlock device on their car once their driving privileges are restored. This device, which acts like a breathalyzer, prevents someone from starting their car if alcohol is detected.
  • Incarceration — Even a Level V DWI count mandates a jail sentence of at least 24 hours or 24 hours of community service at the court discretion. If your convicted DWI three times in ten years can be charged as a felony, carrying a minimum of one year’s incarceration.

Our Guilford County criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience assisting people charged with drunk driving, traffic violations and other offenses. This gives us the ability to spot problems such as improper police stops and tainted test results, which we can use to help you obtain a dismissal, acquittal or reduced charge. In a free initial consultation, we’ll give you an informed overview of your options.

Litigators aid people charged with operating a vehicle while impaired

Obtaining a fair plea agreement can be difficult for individuals accused of driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs. We don’t rush you into one potential strategy but review the facts in your case as well as your priorities. Whether you choose to present a formidable trial defense or are better served negotiating the lightest possible punishment, we’ll stand by you every step of the way. The decision is always yours. To ensure that you have the knowledge you need, we’ll advise you regarding potential defenses and aggravating factors such as prior DWI convictions and alcohol-related accidents.

Contact an experienced North Carolina DWI defense lawyer for a free consultation

Coalter Law, PLLC represents motorists throughout the Guilford County area who have been charged with driving while intoxicated. To schedule a free initial consultation at our Greensboro office, please call 336-645-9336 or contact us online.

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