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I lost my driving privileges. What are my legal options?

Losing your driving privileges is more than just an inconvenience. It can have a direct impact on your job, your ability to have an active role in your kids' lives and your overall quality of life. If you lost your license as the result of a drunk driving offense in North Carolina, you would be wise to seek legal counsel regarding the best way for you to protect your rights and restore your driving privileges.

A license suspension is a disruption of your life. If you cannot drive, you may have trouble getting to work, picking your kids up and going back and forth to school. Fortunately, even after a license suspension, you may be able to apply for limited driving privileges.

The length of your license suspension

The type and the length of your suspension depend on the nature of the charges against you. The following list of suspension lengths outline how long you may be unable to drive after a DWI or impaired driving-related offense: 

  • First DWI: One-year suspension
  • Second DWI: Four-year suspension
  • Third or subsequent DWI: Permanent revocation
  • Refusal to submit to breath test: One-year suspension

You could also face a longer suspension if caught driving while still under a license suspension. If you think you may be eligible for a limited driving permit during this period, you will find it beneficial to talk with an attorney about this option as soon as possible after an arrest. 

What happens next?

If you need to restore your driving privileges for personal or professional reasons after a DWI, you have no time to lose. You may be eligible for a limited license that will be valid after the tenth day following your arrest. By seeking the assistance of an attorney, you can better understand how to move forward in order to both confront your criminal charges and restore your driving privileges, at least on a limited basis. 

You always have the right to know your options after a DWI. A conviction is never your only option, and you will find great benefit in knowing all of your choices regarding your defense

Do you really need an attorney?

When navigating complex legal matters, it is always beneficial to do so with the help of an attorney who has experience in your type of situation. When it comes to protecting yourself after a DWI or drunk driving conviction, you do not have to figure out how to do it on your own. There is much at stake for you after a DWI, and a legal ally may be able to minimize the consequences and penalties you are currently facing.

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