Surry County DWI Criminal Law Attorney handling DWI & drunk driving cases in Mt. Airy, Elkin, Pilot Mountain and Dobson, North Carolina and all of Surry County. Mt. Airy DWI Lawyer David White.
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Jody Mitchell and David White
The offense of impaired or drunk driving in North Carolina is called driving while impaired. While state law establishes a blood alcohol content of 0.08% as the legal threshold for drunk driving, a NC DWI can be charged if you are suspected of being impaired by any substance, including alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription medications. This means that you can be arrested even if you have a BAC below the legal limit.
A DWI in Surry County is a very serious offense that can result in loss of driver’s license, loss of job and loss of freedom. It is important to seek professional legal guidance as quickly as possible.
Surry County North Carolina DWI Lawyer David White believes you are innocent until proven guilty. He will use his knowledge of North Carolina DWI laws and the legal system to ensure that your rights are protected and that you reach the best possible settlement of your case.
Attorney David White will use his experience in criminal law to challenge evidence, study the arrest report and any video evidence for errors in police procedure, review equipment calibration and maintenance records, question probable cause for a traffic stop and interview witnesses. The goal of his thorough case investigation is to establish reasonable doubt and weaken the prosecution’s case. By using the rule of law in your defense, there is a possibility of getting the allegations against you reduced or suppressed or achieve a verdict of not guilty.
Call Now for a Free Case Evaluation
Mt. Airy NC DWI Attorney David White will review your case and help you better understand your situation, as well as your legal options. The initial meeting is free and there is no further obligation. Call (336) 386-8225 or fill out the on-line form to the left to schedule a consultation.
Time is very important when building a DWI defense. Your license may be suspended within days and the state is already building its case against you. The sooner you contact Attorney David White, the more options he has in your defense.
Loss of Driver’s License for DWI in NC
The state has two opportunities to suspend a motorist’s driver’s license following an arrest for DWI in Surry County, North Carolina. If found guilty, the courts can revoke your driving privileges. In addition, the Department of Motor Vehicles will initiate a civil case seeking to suspend a motorist’s license. The duration of the suspension depends on details of the arrest, including whether you refused to have your blood alcohol content checked with a breath or blood test and any prior DWI arrests on your record.
You have the right to challenge the DMV suspension by petitioning for a special hearing. You must, however, submit a petition for a hearing within 10 days of the date of your arrest.
While separate from the criminal case, the license hearing is conducted like a court session. The arresting officer will provide testimony and the state will present evidence. Having an attorney present is a plus for two reasons: it will improve the chances of retaining your driving privileges and it gives the attorney an opportunity to learn more about the strength of the state’s case.
For immediate help with your license, contact Surry County DWI Lawyer David White.
North Carolina DWI Penalties
The penalties associated with a conviction for driving while impaired in North Carolina are very complex. The judge is able to weigh three sets of factors before making a decision on penalties. These include: ‘Grossly Aggravating Factors’, like causing an accident with injury; ‘Aggravating Factors’, like having a very high BAC; and ‘Mitigating Factors’, like slight impairment and an otherwise good driving record.
The judge then applies one of five levels of punishment. These range from Level 5 that calls for 24 hours in jail, community service and a $100 fine to Level 1 with up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $4000.
In addition, the judge will review your driving record for past drug or alcohol related traffic offenses to decide on additional penalties. Even with a first offense, the judge will order alcohol or substance abuse counseling and revoke all driving privileges for one year. A second offense for DWI in NC could result in the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and loss of license for up to four years.
As confusing and significant as the above penalties may be, a conviction for DWI also brings many incidental consequences. You could lose your auto insurance or be required to pay for expensive coverage. You will have a criminal arrest record, which can be found with a simple background check. This could cause you to lose your job, limit future job options and hurt your credit score
The total impact of a being found guilty of driving while impaired in Surry County, NC can affect the rest of your life. Protect your future. Contact Mt. Airy DWI Lawyer David White now and ask him to begin building a defense for you.
About the Law Office of W. David White, P.A.
Principal of the law firm David White received a juris doctorate from the Campbell University Law School. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Academy of Trial Lawyers, the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
Surry County DWI Attorney David White is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the application of standardized field sobriety tests. This gives him special knowledge to challenge police procedures and findings. Attorney White has been given a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating of AV Preeminent, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. David White is a Certified Family Financial Mediator, a Certified Superior Court Mediator and he has served in active military service with the U.S Army.
Law firm Associate Jody P. Mitchell focuses on criminal defense including helping those accused of NC DWI and other traffic related violations. He received a juris doctorate from the Appalachian School of Law. Attorney Mitchell is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Kingsport County and Surry County Bar Associations.
Act Quickly for the Best Result
To begin getting help with your arrest for DWI, request a free consultation with Surry County North Carolina DWI Attorney David White. Complete the secure, on-line request form to the left or call (336) 386-8225.