When you're arrested for DWI, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the penalties you'll be facing in court. Unfortunately, the court penalties are not the only ones you face in the state of North Carolina. After being charged with DWI, the Clerk of the Court in the county where you were charged may notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV may then seek to suspend your driver's license.
In cases where there is a reading of .08 or higher, or where you are accused of “willfully refusing” the blood and/or breath test, the charging officer may automatically seize your license. Thereafter, the Clerk of Court will forward a Notice of Suspension/Revocation to the Department of Transportation/Division of Motor Vehicles. This is an extraordinarily complex area of law. In that each case or set of charges may be different, it makes sense to seek out experienced legal counsel. Keep in mind that this license suspension occurs before you have even entered a court room. DWI defense attorney Bill Powers of the Law Offices of Powers Landreth can help you not only in criminal court but also with any proceeding allowed by the DMV.
The administrative license suspension applies to drivers who were arrested for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above the state's legal limit of .08%.
From filing the necessary paperwork on time to ensuring that your interests are zealously represented, DWI defense attorney Bill Powers is there to help you.