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Several Factors Can Escalate DUI Penalties

Drinking and driving is never a wise decision. Even as little as one drink can impair your ability to drive, making you a risk to yourself as well as to other motorists.

Still, mistakes happen, and if you have been stopped and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), you could be facing major penalties.

Common Penalties For DWI Charges

North Carolina uses a tiered system for DWI charges. Violations can range from Level 5, which is the least serious, to Level 1 Aggravated, which is the most severe. State law determines these levels based on a series of aggravating factors, some of which include:

  • The presence of children in the car
  • A prior criminal record
  • Speeding
  • A blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than .15 percent
  • Reckless driving

Regardless of the level of your DWI charge, it’s in your best interests to consult with an attorney. At Buzzard Law Firm, we can help you weigh your options and determine the best strategy for your case.

Our Lawyers Are Ready To Work With You

Our firm understands the unique severity of North Carolina’s drunk driving laws. At Buzzard Law Firm, we have a considerable background in helping Harnett County individuals facing DWI charges. We use our experience and commitment to help our clients keep their freedom, preserve their driving privileges and maintain their livelihoods.

To find out more information, call us today at 910-808-4069. You can also email us to arrange for a consultation at our Lillington office.