Frequently Asked Questions

DWI Lawyer in Greenville

What is considered DWI in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, a person has committed "impaired driving" if they drive a motor vehicle under the influence of an impairing substance such as drugs or alcohol, if they drive with a blood concentration of .08% or above, or if they are under the influence of any controlled substance classified as a Schedule 1 substance which can include heroin, peyote, or morphine.

Will I lose my driver's license if convicted?

If your blood alcohol content registers a .08% or greater on a blood or breath test or you have refused to take the test, your license can be suspended for 30 days.

Am I required to take mandatory alcohol classes if I am convicted?

If you are convicted, yes, you will have to complete alcohol classes.  You are generally assigned a certain number of hours to attend depending on the seriousness of your problem with alcohol.

Do I need an attorney?

In all likelihood you will be convicted unless you have someone aggressively representing you against your charges.  The Burch Law Office is an experienced Greenville DWI lawyer who has successfully defended numerous clients against their DWI charges.  Although it may seem you have little chance to win, there are many defenses we can provide in your case.

Must I appear in court?

Your appearance may be required for your hearing depending on the charges against you.  You may sometimes be excused, but generally you are required to attend.  Our firm will be present with you for all court appearances.

Will I go to jail?

If you have no prior record and this is your first offense, you likely will not go to jail, unless there are other serious aggravating factors to your case.  However, a 2nd offense normally will result in jail time if convicted.  Our firm can help to offset a jail term if appropriate treatment is chosen as an option.

Contact a Greenville Criminal Defense Lawyer to discuss your DWI charges and get answers to your questions.

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