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Second DUI Offense

Charlotte Second DUI Offense Lawyers

When you are faced with a DWI second offense, obviously the penalties will be more severe than for a DWI first offense. However, that does not mean that you should just plead guilty. You need representation and an experienced DWI defense attorney like Bill Powers of the Law Offices of Powers Landreth. Bill Powers will fight for your rights and help protect your freedom.

Under North Carolina law, being convicted of a DWI second offense within seven years is a serious charge. It is imperative that you hire an attorney who focuses a substantial amount of his practice on DWI defense in North Carolina. If you are convicted of a second offense DWI, even outside the seven year window, the judge will most likely give you more serious penalties. During sentencing, the judge considers your past DWI record and reviews the facts surrounding your case, such as if there was a minor in your car or if you caused serious injury or even death due to an accident or vehicle collision. There are five levels for sentencing that the judge uses; the most serious is level one and the least serious is level five.  There is another felony charge of Driving While Impaired called Habitual Impaired Driving. Felony sentencing for DWI enhances the punishments and subjects you to a lifetime license suspension. If convicted of Felony Habitual Impaired Driving, you will never, ever be able to drive in the State of North Carolina.  There is no form of privilege, work license or hearing that can reinstate your license. A permanent revocation for Habitual DWI is, for all practical purposes, truly permanent.

DWI Defense Attorney Serving Charlotte

Based on the level the judge uses for sentencing, jail time may range from as little as 24 hours to as much as 2 years in prison or the North Carolina Department of Corrections (DOC). The same is true for the court fine, which can range from a relatively minimum amount to several thousand dollars, depending upon the level of offense.  It is possible that if sentenced at level 3, 4 or 5, the judge may impose a penalty of community service ranging from 24 to 72 hours in lieu of jail time. Level 5 DWI normally requires 24 hours of community service. Level 4 DWI normally requires 48 hours of community service and Level 3 DWI normally requires 72 hours of community service. This is in addition to other fines, penalties and conditions of any suspended sentence imposed by the judge. You may also be placed on probation for a specific period of time, which is normally associated with the suspended term. It is in the discretion of the Court whether to make probation supervised or un-supervised. The Court may order house arrest, intensive probation, alcohol and drug treatment, abstinence from alcohol and even the installation of ankle alcohol monitoring device called a SCRAM (Secured Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring).

Contact Powers Landreth for Defense on DWI Second Offense

Being convicted of a DWI second offense in North Carolina is a serious criminal charge that can affect you for years to come. The sooner you contact DWI defense attorney Bill Powers, the sooner he can get started preparing your defense!

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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