What are the penalties for drunk driving?

Penalties for drunk driving can be severe depending on whether you have a prior record or whether there are aggravating circumstances. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible regarding your rights and to pursue every avenue of defense. At Wheless & Wheless, PLLC, we have extensive experience with DUI/DWI laws and offer aggressive defense to individuals face drunk-driving penalties.

Penalties for drunk-driving could be severe. You can protect yourself and your rights with strategic and aggressive criminal defense. Contact Wheless & Wheless, PLLC for an immediate consultation or case evaluation.

Even before you are charged, you may be wondering what possible penalties you might face for drunk-driving. DUI/DWI laws are strict and require a strategic and aggressive defense. In Manteo, Columbia, and throughout state of North Carolina, your drunk-driving penalties may include the following:

  • A conviction on your criminal and driving record
  • License suspension or license revocation
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Ignition interlock device installation
  • Increased insurance premiums

Administrative drunk-driving penalties

In addition to criminal drunk driving penalties, you may also face administrative penalties through the Division of Motor Vehicles that affect your driving privileges. Once you have a DWI on your record, you may face immediate license suspension. We have extensive experience handling administrative cases involving your driving privileges.

What if it is my first offense?

If you are facing your first DUI charge, you can fight it aggressively to protect yourself against the severe drunk driving penalties including driver's license suspension, fines, jail time and a criminal record. Our attorneys will begin an immediate investigation to provide you with a strategic and aggressive defense.

What if I am from out of state?

If you were arrested for drunk driving and you are from out of state you may face administrative penalties in both states accompanied by your criminal penalties in the state of North Carolina. Our attorneys have significant experience assisting out of state residents in handling DUI/DWI defense to reduce penalties and preserve driving privileges.

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 advocacy to defend against serious drunk driving penalties.

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