Greenville DWI Lawyer
If you were pulled over and arrested for suspected driving while impaired (DWI) in or around Greenville, our firm can help. You may be in danger of losing your
driver's license and of facing serious criminal
penalties if you are convicted. A Greenville DWI lawyer at
Burch Law Office can provide you with dedicated legal representation to help you avoid these negative consequences.
Our law firm represents drivers throughout all of Eastern North Carolina in the face DWI charges. We handle cases for first time offenders as well as those facing multiple DWI offense allegations, utilizing our experience in this field to seek the most advantageous outcomes for their cases in criminal court and at their
Our attorneys, Timothy E. Burch and Mark D. Stewart, are fully committed to our clients, and with the help of our support staff, strive to provide the personalized, one-on-one attention that makes a difference in these difficult times. Both are highly skilled trial attorneys, and Mr. Stewart is a former Pitt County prosecutor ready to put his experience with the other side of DWI charges to work for you.
We take on cases throughout Pitt, Lenoir, Greene, Martin, and Beaufort County.
What is DWI in North Carolina?
DWI is a criminal offense that is often referred to as drunk driving or DUI (driving under the influence) in other states. A person may face criminal charges for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance. To secure a conviction for DWI in Greenville, North Carolina, the prosecuting attorney must prove one or both of the following key factors:
- The driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater
- The driver's normal abilities were impaired due to alcohol or drugs
The prosecution must also prove that the defendant was driving the vehicle. In an attempt to convict a defendant, the District Attorney may utilize physical evidence obtained during a breath test or blood test that shows a driver had an illegal blood alcohol concentration and/or the arresting officer's testimony regarding the driver's performance on
field sobriety tests. Although a prosecutor may try to prove both factors to seek a conviction, evidence of only one may be sufficient.
In the state of North Carolina, there are many different types of field sobriety tests that can be used by law enforcement officers after they pull over a driver. The three most common tests include horizontal gaze nystagmus, one leg stand, and walk and turn. A DWI defense lawyer is your best option for avoiding a DWI conviction on your record.
About Greenville Drunk Driving Charges & Penalties
For a person facing drunk driving charges, much is at stake. DWI is a crime and as a result the driver may face imprisonment, fines, community service, probation and mandatory counseling or rehabilitation if convicted. A defendant may also face driver's license suspension after a DWI arrest alone, based upon the fact that he or she failed or refused blood or breath alcohol testing. Following are the penalties that may be imposed for a first DWI conviction in Greenville (specific penalties may vary depending on the unique case):
- Fine of up to $200
- Jail sentence of 24 hours to 60 days
- Driver's license suspension
- Community service
One of the most damaging and least well known of all consequences of a DWI conviction is the impact it may have on your insurance premium. If convicted of driving while impaired, you may face a surcharge of up to 400%! If your yearly premium is $500, you will face an increase of up to $2000, meaning your total car insurance premium could go up to as much as $2,500.
For these reasons, it should be apparent that you will benefit from the help of a DWI attorney. The Greenville DWI attorneys at Burch Law Office have experience representing drivers throughout all of Eastern North Carolina and defending their rights against DWI allegations. We have succeeded in helping drivers throughout Pitt County, Greene County, Beaufort County, Lenoir County and Martin County and we are standing by to assist you with hard work and dedicated legal representation. It is important that you do your part in avoiding this conviction by contacting a DWI lawyer at our firm before it is too late.
Working with a Greenville DWI Defense Attorney
Spending time in jail, losing your driver's license and facing increased insurance costs may have a serious and lasting impact on you and your family. It is important that you do what you can to avoid a conviction of this kind by involving a DWI defense lawyer who can thoroughly investigate your case and build a legal strategy that properly represents your interests.
For aggressive defense counsel in the face of your drunk driving charges, contact a Greenville DWI Attorney at our firm today!