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DWI First Offense

Charlotte DWI First Offense Lawyers

For many people facing a DWI, this is their first criminal charge and they have no idea what to expect. If this is what you’re currently going through, you should contact an experienced DWI defense attorney to guide you through a sometimes complicated, stressful, and confusing court system. A DWI defense attorney can help alleviate the anxiety you’re feeling by answering your questions about the pending penalties you could face upon conviction. Plus, it normally helps people feel better, knowing there is someone out there on your side.

North Carolina DWI Defense Attorneys – What to Expect

DWI is somewhat odd in North Carolina, as there is a special statute for sentencing impaired driving. It does not fall under the normal misdemeanor sentencing guidelines.  It also isn't sentenced using the felony guidelines (unless it's a habitual DWI).  Most DWI offenses are classified as a misdemeanor criminal charge.  Habitual Impaired Driving in North Carolina is a Felony.  You should take your DWI case in North Carolina seriously.  There are some higher-level DWI charges in NC that may require an active jail term.

Prior to sentencing, the judge will take into account whether or not you had any aggravated or grossly aggravating factors associated with your DWI charge. Those must be proven by the State in court Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.  Mitigating factors in a NC DWI are proven by a greater weight of evidence.

Judges, not juries, enter DWI judgments in North Carolina.

Contact Powers Landreth PLLC for Defense on DWI First Offense

Under North Carolina law, a DWI first offense conviction results in a mandatory 12-month license suspension, by the Court, depending on the judge’s decision. However, it may be possible for you to obtain a Limited Driving Privilege.

For more information, please contact North Carolina DWI defense attorney Bill Powers of the Law Offices of Powers Landreth today.


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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