Get Help With Your Guilford County DWI and DUI.
Most people know that a charge of Driving While Impaired (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious traffic violation, but many do not realize that it is also a serious criminal offense that should not be taken lightly. A conviction of Driving While Impaired (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) means heavy fines, driver’s license suspension as well as a criminal record and possible jail time. To protect your rights and your record, contact an experienced attorney and former Guilford County Judge who knows what can be done to help.
We represent clients throughout Guilford County accused of DWI/DUI. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer skilled in North Carolina criminal and traffic law, your case will be handled diligently to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome.
What Is DWI?
The elements of Driving While Impaired (DWI), which includes Driving Under The Influence (DUI), are covered under North Carolina General Statutes § 20-138.1. A person can be convicted of DWI if they operate a vehicle on a street, highway, or public vehicular area while under the influence of an impairing substance; or after consuming a sufficient amount alcohol that they have an alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or more at any relevant time after the driving; or with any amount of a Schedule I controlled substance or its metabolites in his blood or urine.
As straightforward as that sounds, every part of that statute has legal meaning and has to be looked at critically in reviewing a case. The State bears the burden of proving guilt in every case. An experienced attorney will analyze a person’s fact pattern to see if all elements of the charge have been met.
Aggressively Protecting Your Rights
At our firm, we understand that most DUI/DWI cases are very fact specific. We explore those facts and apply the law to best help your case. We thoroughly investigate the evidence to answer questions such as:
- Did the officer have reasonable suspicion to stop you in the first place?
- Were field sobriety tests, if any, conducted properly?
- Was there probable cause for an arrest?
- Were you informed of your rights?
- Was the Breathalyzer accurately calibrated and administered correctly?
We perform a careful, step-by-step, analysis of all the facts in the case to ensure your rights were not violated. If law enforcement failed to follow correct procedures or did not make a lawful traffic stop, he will fight for a dismissal of the case or reduced charges.
We aggressively defend your rights when facing charges for DUI/DWI because we understand the lifelong impact a conviction can have. Our attorney is well known by local prosecutors and judges. We take a dedicated and thorough approach to help you through the process and to obtain the best possible outcome given your unique situation.
We are always prepared to take a case to trial if necessary and we help you understand the possible risks and outcomes of proceeding with litigation.
Sentencing For DWI Convictions
If convicted, there are 6 sentencing levels that could be imposed. Based on information presented in court, the judge will decide if there are any aggravating or mitigating factors, a whether one outweighs another. The judge will then sentence the defendant to one of the sentencing levels.
The sentencing levels carry possible punishments, as follows:
- Level V – up to $200.00 fine and up to 60 days in jail;
- Level IV – up to $500.00 fine and up to 120 days in jail;
- Level III – up to $1000.00 fine and up to 6 months in jail;
- Level II – up to $2000.00 fine and up to 1 years in jail;
- Level I – up to $4000.00 fine and up to 2 years in jail;
- Aggravated Level I – up to $10,000 fine and up to 3 years in jail.
Repeat DWI Offenses
We also represent those facing charges for repeat DWI/DUI offenses. Repeat DWI offenses carry even more severe penalties, so it is important to involve a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us today to discuss your situation and understand your options.
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The law addressing DWI’s in North Carolina are very complicated. There are far too many areas to fully cover on this page. There are issues with license suspensions, implied offense considerations, commercial and underage license implications, and more.
At the Law Office of David E. Sherrill, we aggressively defend your rights when facing DUI/DWI charges. If you were charged with a DWI in Guilford County, please contact us today. We will help guide you through your options.