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Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense in North Carolina. If you find yourself facing any type of DWI charge, you know that it is critical to take the appropriate measures to defend your future and your interests. This is particularly true if you are a repeat DWI offender.

There are various levels for DWI offenses in North Carolina. Level I is especially serious, and repeat drunk driving offenders could face the serious penalties associated with this type of DWI. If you are a repeat offender, charged with felony DWI or simply want to protect yourself after a DWI traffic stop, you have no time to lose in learning about your defense options.

Level I DWI and associated consequences

You may not be familiar with the various levels of DWI offenses in North Carolina, and it can be helpful to understand more about the nature of the charges you are currently facing. Level I DWI offenders could face the following consequences if convicted:

  • Up to $4,000 in fines
  • A minimum of 30 days behind bars, with the potential for a much longer sentence
  • Lengthy license suspension, possibly as long as four years

Level I offenders are typically repeat offenders, those caught with minor children in the car while driving drunk or driving while intoxicated with a suspended or revoked license. You can also face these specific charges if you cause a DWI accident that results in injury to another person.

North Carolina law also allows for even more serious DWI charges, Level A1. Regardless of how serious your situation appears to be, you always have the right to defend yourself. DWI offenders can actively pursue a beneficial outcome to their situations, whether that is presenting evidence that supports their defense or working to mitigate the penalties of a potential conviction.

An appropriate defense strategy for you

The type of defense strategy that is most appropriate for you depends largely on the nature of your case and your specific goals. You will find it beneficial to start with a complete evaluation of your case, which can help you understand the defense options that may be available to you.

A strong defense starts as soon as possible after an arrest, even if you are unsure of the specific charges you could face. When facing such serious charges, there is a lot at stake, but you do not have to face this alone.

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