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Charlotte DUI / DWI Lawyers

The defense of people charged with DWI / DUI is a major focus of the criminal attorneys at Powers Landreth PLLC.  Our law firm helps people facing misdemeanor or felony traffic charges, by providing sound legal advice.  We are here to help, not judge.

The knowledge, experience, and training of your DWI lawyer are important.  Choosing a lawyer should take time.

Consider the following:

  • DWI cases are complicated, and the fact patterns are intricate
  • Carolina DUI penalties can be harsh
  • There is a substantial level of public disdain for the offense of DWI DUI Impaired Driving
A DUI Attorney Will Investigate the Circumstances Behind Your Traffic Stop

For some reason, you were stopped by the police while driving. Law enforcement agents are expected to be able to state what that reason for the traffic stop was. Were you weaving unsafely between lanes? Did you roll through a stop sign? Or did you simply have a “look” about you that made a police officer suspect you as a possible impaired driver? When we defend people charged with DWI in North Carolina, we insist that the state meet its full burden of proving that there was a justifiable reason – not just a pretext – for the traffic stop.

DWI Defense Involves Examining all Procedures of the NC DWI Arrest

In support of DWI criminal charges, a North Carolina police officer collects various types of evidence. Challenging the arrest is not only a matter of challenging field sobriety tests such as the breath test, or field sobriety tests designed to measure coordination. Other aspects of the arrest are worthy of investigation – including an examination into what you were told, and when.

As a certified Intoxilyzer 5000 instructor and an attorney with more than 10 years of experience, NC DWI defense lawyer Bill Powers can examine the accuracy of Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer results as well as coordination tests and radar guns.

Challenging NC Field Sobriety Tests: The Validity of Coordination and Intoxilyzer Test Results

Challenging field sobriety tests sometimes takes the form of appealing to the sensibility of a jury with regard to a coordination test. For example, if a person was unable to stand on one leg for thirty seconds, does that verify being impaired? Many other explanations are often reasonable, including obesity, knee problems, fatigue, distraction by cars zipping by, and simple nervousness.

The DWI defense lawyers of Powers Landreth insist that the state meet its responsibility to justify the use of the results of the Intoxilyzer test if it is going to penalize the person severely by taking away his/her driver’s license or sending him/her to jail.The Intoxilyzer results are often the central piece of evidence used in a Mecklenburg County DWI prosecution.

DWI defense lawyer Bill Powers realized how important it was to fully understand the workings of this machine if he planned on challenging field sobriety tests with full understanding, so he obtained training and became certified in its use and instruction.He has delivered lectures and seminars to other DWI defense lawyers on the subject of why the Intoxilyzer results might sometimes be unreliable. For example, a machine may have been improperly maintained or may not have been calibrated prior to its use at the time of a DWI defendant’s arrest.

There are no Pat Answers: Every Case is Unique

Challenging field sobriety tests by seeking answers to questions about North Carolina DUI cases is the job of a diligent DWI/DUI defense lawyer. No two North Carolina DWI arrests are the same. There is no “pat answer” that will “get a DWI arrestee off the hook.” A diligent DWI/DUI defense lawyer will examine every fact, and analyze every key piece of evidence in light of up-to-date laws related to driving while impaired. We may be able to help you keep your license and minimize or avoid jail time in North Carolina. Insist upon your rights.

Contact the North Carolina DUI defense law firm of Powers Landreth at (704) 342-4357.

The consequences of a DWI conviction can seriously affect your present and future way of life. Loss of driving privileges, present and future employment troubles, and future travel restrictions are a few common results of a DWI/DUI conviction. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a DWI could have adverse consequences to citizenship, application to admission into the United States and the ability to remain within the country.  Put simply, it can be very complicated.

After a North Carolina DWI arrest, a DWI/DUI defense lawyer can help you protect your rights. North Carolina DUI lawyer Bill Powers is a certified instructor in the use of the Intoxilyzer 5000 and has conducted seminars for other lawyers on the intricacies of the machine whose reliability is often a pivotal piece of evidence in a DUI criminal trial. He is also board-certified in criminal law advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, Inc.

The DWI defense lawyers at the North Carolina law firm of Powers Landreth invite you to contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.

Every year thousands of people in North Carolina are arrested for driving while impaired (DWI). If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for DWI, you are not alone. The experienced North Carolina DWI defense attorneys at Powers Landreth endeavor to minimize the consequences of a DWI arrest and help you move forward with your life.

Unfortunately, North Carolina consistently falls into the top 10 states in the U.S. for the highest number of DWI arrests per capita. Because of the high number of arrests, North Carolina has some of the strictest punishments for DWIs in the nation. The average cost of a first-time DWI conviction or “guilty” plea in North Carolina including legal fees, court fees, increased insurance costs, fines and license restoration is between $6,000 and $10,000. This does not include the time you may have to miss from work to participate in the legal process or to attend alcohol education courses.

The impact of a DWI conviction or “guilty” plea isn’t just financial. You may also be subject to a driver’s license restriction or suspension and you may have to report the conviction to your employer or professional organization. At Powers Landreth our goal is to limit the impact a DWI arrest has on the rest of your life and we represent individuals throughout the process. We handle general DWI defenses as well as:

If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with DWI, the knowledgeable and experienced DWI defense attorneys at Powers Landreth are here to help! All you need to do is pick up the phone and call (704) 342-4357.

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Client Reviews
My daughter had a second DUI and when it all seemed hopeless, Bill was able to get the charges dropped. This is a man who is extremely knowledgeable, yet still keeps his integrity which was impressive to me. He handles himself with dignity. If you hire him, you will have the best of the best, along with his expansive intellect and wisdom about the law. Please don’t feel hopeless, when you can hire such a great attorney to be on your side.
Bill Powers’ staff has handled several traffic citations for me over the years, and they exceeded my expectations each and every time. Would highly recommend anyone faced with a traffic citation or court case contact his office and they will handle it from there. M.C.
I utilized Bill Powers and his firm after my DUI infraction in December 2011. During my initial consultation he immediately made me feel at ease with his knowledge of the law and his confidence in moving forward. Not to mention a great personality. He filled me in on all the ramifications and the process as a whole. I am a realist, and did not expect miracles. But Bill is stickler for procedure and that is what you need in a crises such as this. It took a good year, and the results were more than I could ever anticipate or hope for. I would have paid more had I known the results ahead of time. If you find yourself in a similar situation, trust me, he is your go to lawyer. J SJ