A N.C. DWI stands for driving while impaired. People often use the terms DUI, DUI lawyer, or DUI attorney, but in North Carolina the charge is called a DWI. DWI charges are treated very seriously by N.C. courts and can lead to fines, necessary treatment at a mental health facility, community service, loss of license, DMV points, and definite substantial insurance increase. If you are convicted of a DWI with a BAC (blood alcohol content level) over .15 and you want driving privileges, you will have to have a monitoring device installed in your car that prevents your car from starting or operating if you are under the influence of any alcohol. Simply being charged with a DWI can lead to a loss of license of 30 days even before trial. You need to speak to a drunk driving attorney or Charlotte attorney.
WHAT CAN A CHARLOTTE DWI ATTORNEY DO ABOUT THE CHARGES?
A drunk driving lawyer can greatly assist your defense for a DWI case. The police are required to follow certain procedures to obtain convictions, and often they make mistakes. There must be reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle, and the officer must develop probable cause to believe you were driving impaired. For example, if you were stopped in a Charlotte roadblock, certain requirements must be shown by the police about the legitimacy and purpose of that roadblock. Officers are trained to follow NHTSA (National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration) guidelines in administering roadside tests to develop probable cause to arrest. In other words, there are specific rules the officer has to follow in giving you the Walk and Turn, Straight Leg, or Horizontal Gaze Nystygmas (HGN) test. An experienced North Carolina DWI attorney can spot when an officer deviates from procedure, or fails to develop evidence to establish reasonable suspicion or probable cause to arrest.
After the arrest, the police will attempt to administer breath and possibly blood tests to determine your BAC level (blood alcohol content level.) Again, there are certain statutory rules and procedures that the police must follow to make this evidence admissible in court. You also have certain constitutional rights and other statutory rights that affect the amount of time you are held and that allow for witnesses to be present at the time these tests are made. An experienced Charlotte DWI attorney can spot these errors and provide the best possible defense for your Charlotte drinking and driving ticket.
Charlotte DWI cases do not stop if a conviction is obtained. A DWI attorney also works and understands the complex rules required to obtain driving privileges and works to minimize your period of driving suspension with the Judge.
If you or someone you know has been charge with a DWI, contact the Law Offices of Benjamin R. Hardwick, PLLC at 704-277-1047 for a free consultation and speak with a Charlotte North Carolina DWI lawyer and Charlotte criminal lawyer today.
BOATING WHILE IMPAIRED (BWI)
N.C. Boating violations are harsh and Boating While Impaired (BWI) is a frequent charge on Lake Norman. While a misdemeanor that does not affect you driver’s license, a conviction will result in fines and costly insurance increases, and definitely affect your ability to get a job or credit. BWI charges can result from the use of any type of watercraft including jet skis, row boats, canoes, and even water-skis.
BWI charges differ from DWI charges in many ways. Unlike a DWI, an officer does not need to suspect the driver of doing anything illegal to stop a boat. You are not required to take breath or field sobriety tests. Further, Intoxilyzer tests are not given the same weight as DWI and may be susceptible to attack. A BWI attorney can make a big difference.
If you or someone you know has been charge with a DWI, contact the Law Offices of Benjamin R. Hardwick, PLLC at 704-277-1047 for a free consultation and speak with a Charlotte North Carolina DWI attorney and Charlotte lawyer today.