If you are caught driving drunk, you may be charged with DWI (Driving While Impaired andthe repercussions can be quite severe. It is therefore advised that you seek the help of a competent DWI lawyer as soon as possible after you are charged.
DWI in North Carolina
According to North Carolina state laws, a person age 21 and older may be charged with DWI if they are stopped by an officer and are subsequently found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. The blood alcohol content limit for commercial drivers, however, is only 0.04% because of the inherent risk presented with driving commercial vehicles while intoxicated.
On the other hand, if you’re a minor (under the age of 21) caught driving with any trace of alcohol in your system you can be arrested for Driving After Consuming alcohol, sometimes called a “Baby DWI”. You don’t have to be drunk to be charged with this offense, and the consequences of a criminal conviction can be far-reaching, from having to disclose a criminal record to a potential employer to being denied federal student aid for college
Make no mistake about it, first-time offenders face much stiffer penalties than they once did which is why it is so important to get yourself a good DWI lawyer. However, the law does take into consideration the fact that many offenders have no previous record. Therefore a level 5 first-time offender may only be sentenced to . On the other hand, if there are enough aggravating factors, jail time could be as high as 36 months in prison for an Aggravated Level 1 DWI.