Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Possible Outcomes of a DWI in North Carolina
• Level 5 - This is the least severe sentence possible and includes between 24 hours and 60 days in jail that may be suspended. Probation conditions may include 24 hours in jail, 24 hours of community services and a recommended treatment program.
• Level 4 - The penalty for this level includes 120 days in jail (may be suspended) and a maximum fine of $500. Probation could include 48 hours in jail, 48 hours of community services, and a recommended treatment program.
• Level 3 - A person charged with level 3 faces up to 180 days in jail (may be suspended) and fines up to $1,000. Probation would include 72 hours in jail, 72 hours of community service, and a recommended treatment program.
• Level 2 - Level two occurs when there is a grossly aggravating factor and includes maximum one year in prison, with a minimum of seven days or an inpatient alcohol treatment program and a maximum fine of $2,000.
• Level 1 - Level 1 includes at least one grossly aggravating factor if it falls under a specified list or two grossly aggravating factors that are not on the list. This could lead from 30 days to two years in prison or an inpatient alcohol treatment program and a maximum fine of $4,000.
• A1 - This is the most severe level and is used when there are three or more grossly aggravating factors. This includes between 12 and 36 months in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
A person who has been arrested and charged with any level of DWI will need to hire a Raleigh DWI lawyer as quickly as possible to try to obtain the best possible outcome. Most attorneys try to obtain probation instead of a jail sentence, or have the charges dismissed when the evidence is weak. This is the only way to mitigate the potentially severe penalties the person is facing. Even if it looks hopeless, a DWI lawyer can do quite a bit to help their client.