If you are charged with a DWI in North Carolina it is most likely going to be a misdemeanor as almost all DWI charges fall within the misdemeanor category. The exception to this is if you are to be a habitual DWI offender which is punished as a felony in North Carolina as well as vehicular manslaughter while DWI. Those who are found to be habitual DWI offenders face a minimum of one year in prison, permanent loss of driving privileges, and hefty fines.
In order to be found guilty of habitual offender DWI, the defendant must have been arrested for DWI at least four times within the past 10 years. If you are convicted not only will you face the punishment listed above, but you could also have your vehicle taken away and may be ineligible to appeal your conviction. This charge is the most serious of the DWI charges because since it is a felony you face much tougher penalties than other DWI charges. You could lose your license permanently and serious jail time.
If you should find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with a DWI you need to contact an attorney who has the experience and knowledge necessary to handle your case with the care it deserves. We defend DWIs and DUIs in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Pineville, Cornelius, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and UNCC. For a private, confidential consultation with one of our experienced DWI lawyers, please call 704-499-9000 or toll-free 877-374-5999 even on weekends or holidays.