If you are facing drunk driving charges and have a prior DWI conviction on your record, the stakes are enormous. You could face felony charges, depending on the circumstances, and risk losing your driver’s license.
At Vasquez Law Firm, we know how to fight serious DWI charges for clients from Wake, Johnston, Harnett, Mecklenburg County and throughout eastern North Carolina. With more than 10 years of criminal law experience, attorney William Vasquez is prepared to defend your rights, your freedom and your driving privileges.
While the punishments for a first-time DWI offense are harsh, they are that much harsher if you face second or subsequent charges.
|Second offense||Up to $1,000|
|Mandatory revocation of four years if convicted within three years of first offense|
|Third offense||Up to $2,000||14 days-24 months||Mandatory permanent revocation if one of the prior convictions occurred within the last five years|
|Fourth offense||Up to $4,000||One-three years||Mandatory permanent revocation|
Recent changes in North Carolina DWI laws have made punishments for certain offenders much harsher. Under the new statute, called “Laura’s Law,” a person who is convicted of DWI and has three or more grossly aggravating factors is charged with an Aggravated Level One DWI.
Aggravated Level One punishments include up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Those convicted also face other post-release restrictions, including complete abstinence from alcohol consumption.
If you face multiple drunk driving charges in Wake, Johnston, Harnett or Mecklenburg County or a surrounding area in eastern North Carolina, we invite you to consult with a skilled DWI defense lawyer from our office as soon as possible.