DWI Defense

  • Being charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI) can be a scary situation.  North Carolina DWI law is riddled with complexities and numerous deadlines, so speaking with an attorney as soon as possible is paramount in order to ensure that your particular case is handled correctly.
  • Many people from all walks of life face DWI charges, so it’s not unusual to feel very embarrassed and lost by being involved in the criminal justice system.
    • According to G.S. §20-138.1, in order to be convicted of DWI in North Carolina, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you operated any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within North Carolina:
      • While under the influence of an impairing substance; or
      • After having consumed sufficient alcohol that you have, at any relevant time after the driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more; or
      • With any amount of a Schedule I controlled substance, defined in G.S. §90-89, or its metabolites in your blood or urine.
  • The police are highly trained at detecting impaired driving, so you may feel like fighting your case is a lost cause.  However, given the complexities and constant changes in DWI law, the police or magistrate may have acted incorrectly.  Only an attorney knows when issues or defenses exist in your case that should be addressed through a trial.
    • Be sure to contact Phillips and McCrea in order to speak with a knowledgeable North Carolina DWI defense attorney.

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