Protecting Your Rights After a DWI Arrest
North Carolina prosecutors are tough on DWIs. Even a first-time charge of driving while intoxicated can result in mandatory jail time and license suspensions. With potential effects like these, you need an attorney who will protect your rights and work to minimize the consequences if you are convicted.
The Winston-Salem DWI attorney at Combs Law Firm, PLLC, has nearly 20 years of experience helping people like you deal with criminal charges and license suspensions that occur after police pull you over on suspicion of DWI.
Forsyth County First Offense DWI Attorney
In North Carolina you may be charged with DWI for operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit of .08 or if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The charge is divided into levels, with the potential consequences depending on the circumstances of your case. For even a first-time DWI, you may face penalties that include:
- A mandatory jail sentence
- Hefty fines
- A one-year license suspension
These penalties escalate if you have one or more prior DWIs.
North Carolina has recently revised its DWI penalties to make the sentences more severe. Our law firm can advise you on the new penalties and their potential effect on you.
Preserving Your License
In addition to assistance with the criminal portion of DWI charges, we help people preserve their driver's licenses after an arrest. If you refuse to take a breath test, your license will be automatically suspended for one year. If you take a breath test with a result that is over the legal limit, your license is automatically suspended for 30 days. If you are convicted, your license will be suspended for a full year. In these circumstances, we can help you seek limited privilege licenses that allow you to drive for certain purposes.
If you are under age 21, limited driving privileges are more difficult to obtain for students creating difficulties getting to work or school. This makes these charges especially important to fight. Our law firm has experience with the special needs of students at Wake Forest University and other area schools who are charged with DWI.