Limited Driving Privileges In North Carolina

One of the most common questions people ask after an arrest for driving while impaired (DWI) is "Will I be allowed to drive to work — or school — while my driver's license is revoked?" Since even a first-offense DWI conviction carries a one-year revocation, this is an absolutely critical issue for many people. The answer depends on many complex factors.

A Highly Experienced DWI Lawyer Who Will Focus Promptly On Your Case

Winston-Salem DWI defense attorney John Combs will help you get a limited driving privilege as promptly as possible if you are eligible under North Carolina law. He is also rigorous in investigating each case and evaluating all viable DWI defense strategies that might enable you to avoid conviction on this very serious charge.

Will You Be Eligible For A Limited Driver's License?

Important facts to know about limited driving privileges include:

  • You may be able to obtain a pretrial limited privilege after 10 days under some circumstances. It is very important to get sound legal guidance as soon as possible after your arrest.
  • You will be eligible only if you are charged with a Level 3, 4 or 5 offense under North Carolina's complex five-level sentencing system for misdemeanor DWIs. Aggravating factors such as any prior convictions within seven years or having a person under 18 in the vehicle eliminate this capability.
  • Drivers convicted for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or higher may be eligible for a limited driving privilege after 45 days if an ignition interlock system is installed. This option may also be available to some people with a prior DWI conviction after a substantially longer time period.
  • If you are eligible for a limited driving privilege, John Combs will help ensure that it is drafted properly — including the stipulation of driving hours — to allow you to drive legally for work, school and certain essential household obligations.

Defense Representation Tailored To Your Specific Needs And Priorities

Every move you make after a DWI arrest can be pivotal for your future. When you turn to us at Combs Law Firm, PLLC, you will benefit from clear, reliable guidance to help you make the soundest possible decisions. For a free initial consultation, call 800-419-4877 or contact John Combs via email right now.