Repeat Offenders Find a Skilled Defender in North Carolina
Greensboro lawyer provides assertive and professional DWI defense
North Carolina has some of the most severe driving while impaired (DWI) laws in the nation. If you or someone you know is being charged with DWI with aggravating prior convictions, you want the skills of a seasoned, reputable board certified specialist in state and federal criminal law with more than 17 years of experience in criminal defense and litigation. The Law Offices of Ames Chamberlin, P.L.L.C. provides exactly the skilled and reputable defense counsel you want in and around Greensboro, High Point, Guilford County and the Surrounding areas.
While a first-offense DWI arrest in North Carolina carries severe penalties, a prior DWI conviction can make the same charge much more severe. If you are charged with a DWI, and one or two prior convictions within a certain time frame, the court considers you a “repeat offender.” If you have three or more prior DWI convictions, you face the serious consequences of a “habitual offender” felony charge. These multiple convictions result in mandatory incarceration in prison. To mitigate the heavy sanctions mandated by these laws, you want the services of defense attorney Ames Chamberlin, who has an outstanding track record in DWI defense.
Repeat DWI offenses and their consequences
North Carolina’s response to repeat DWI offenders is to increase their penalties sharply. If you are arrested for DWI with one or two prior DWI convictions in North Carolina or another state within the past three years, you face jail, fines and a four-year driver license suspension as a repeat offender. After two years you can petition to have your driving privilege reinstated after you meet certain conditions.
If your current DWI arrest is preceded by two DWI convictions within the past ten years, you face substantial jail time, large fines and a permanent revocation of your driver license. It is possible to petition for reinstatement of your driving privilege after five years.
Felony habitual impaired driving consequences
A fourth DWI conviction within ten years constitutes “habitual impaired driving” — a felony. The consequences are severe:
- A minimum one-year prison sentence, which the trial court cannot suspend or reduce
- Lifetime loss of your driver license without the possibility of future reinstatement
- A mandatory substance abuse treatment program
- Fines and costs
- Your vehicle forfeited to the state
As a felony offense, this charge is tried in the Superior Court rather than in the District Court.
Consult with us at no charge about mitigating multiple DWI consequences
If you are charged with being a repeat offender or a habitually impaired driver, the seriousness of the charges and potentially devastating consequences to your life demand that you seek out Ames Chamberlin, a resourceful DWI attorney committed to your defense. Contact us online or by telephone 336-638-1117 to arrange a free consultation with Ames Chamberlin. Our hours are flexible for your convenience, and we have on-site parking at our downtown Greensboro office.