North Carolina law imposes escalating penalties for repeat DWI offenses. If you are facing charges for a second or subsequent DWI, the stakes will likely be much higher than they were during your first case.
After your first offense, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit will be lower, making it easier for law enforcement to catch, arrest and charge you. A repeat conviction can lead to lengthier jail time, suspension or revocation of your driver's license, installation of an ignition interlock device and hefty fines. Your vehicle could also be subject to civil forfeiture. Habitual offenders with three or more prior offenses will face felony charges.
Finding The State's Weaknesses
While the consequences of a second DWI conviction may seem daunting, there may be ways to avoid a conviction or reduce the sentence. Every case has weaknesses. Perhaps the police officer who stopped your vehicle lacked a lawful basis for the stop. Perhaps the officer did not have proper legal grounds to conduct field sobriety tests, or perhaps the tests were conducted improperly.
The bottom line is that you don't need to lose hope. There may be numerous elements in your case that can serve as a foothold for attacking the state's arguments. Because each case is unique, it is critical to obtain professional advice from an experienced DWI attorney.
Experienced DWI Attorneys | Former Prosecutor
At The Law Office of Kevin L. Barnett in Charlotte, we handle repeat DWI offenses with a high degree of knowledge and skill. Backed by more than 30 years of experience, we devote our practice exclusively to criminal law. We have the trial and negotiation skills necessary to navigating successful outcomes.
Attorney Kevin L. Barnett is a former prosecutor. His experience handling DWI cases from both angles gives him a strategic advantage. He understands how the prosecutor, judge and jury will view your case. He applies those insights to build a strong defense for his clients.
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