Dwi Dui

Manteo and Columbia, North Carolina DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

A DWI (driving while impaired) or DUI (driving under the influence) is a serious criminal offense. If you are charged, you may face dire consequences including fines, jail time, and the loss of your driver's license. A DWI/DWI arrest or charge could affect your employment, security clearances and leave you with a permanent criminal record. At Wheless & Wheless, PLLC, we have significant experience in the aggressive defense of DUI/DWI and drunk driving charges.

We offer aggressive DUI/DWI defense to local clients and visitors charged in Manteo, Columbia, and throughout the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Contact us today to speak directly with an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer.

We review the reasonable suspicion for the stop, the probable cause for your arrest, the intoxilyzer report forms or blood test results, and your prior driving record. Our attorneys will work with you to establish a plan of action that meets your needs and the facts of your case. In waging an aggressive DUI/DWI defense, we will explore all avenues of defense to protect your rights, reduce penalties and prevent a conviction, if possible.

A drunk-driving arrest or conviction could result in:

  • A conviction on your criminal and driving record
  • License suspension
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Community Service
  • Loss of Job
  • Ignition interlock device installation
  • Increased insurance premiums

Do I have to return to North Carolina if I was arrested for a DWI?

We have extensive experience representing individuals who visit North Carolina and get arrested for DWI whether here on business or vacation. In these cases, our clients are often concerned about being forced to return to North Carolina. We may be able to handle your case by power of attorney so that you will not have to return for court. For more information about out-of-state representation, please contact us at our Manteo or Columbia office.

Do I have to serve jail time if I was arrested for a DWI?

Penalties for a DWI arrest can be serious. Depending on the facts of your case, your prior criminal/driving record and your defense, you may face jail time if convicted of DWI.

How long will I lose my license?

Revocation of your driver's license varies from state to state. Typically, there is a one-year revocation in North Carolina. If you are charged with a DUI/DWI you may face immediate revocation for an extended period of time. If you have been charged with driving while impaired, it is important that you work with an experienced North Carolina DWI lawyer. We work vigorously to protect your rights and strive to protect your record and driving privileges.

Can I get a limited driving privilege license for work or school?

For North Carolina licensees, yes, limited driving privileges may be granted in certain circumstances. Other states may have their own laws regarding limited driving privileges and we encourage you to consult with a lawyer in your home state that is experienced in such matters to answer your questions. We will seek optimal results in your case. If your charges are not to be dismissed or reduced substantially, then we can represent you in a sentencing hearing and we can work to secure a limited driving privilege so you can still drive to work or school.

Contact Wheless & Wheless, PLLC today for a free consultation with an experienced Manteo and Columbia, North Carolina lawyer. Our legal team provides aggressive, result-driven DUI/DWI defense.

Free consultations • Both offices located conveniently near the respective Columbia and Manteo courthouses • Traffic Offenses