Getting charged with a DUI or DWI in Gastonia NC can be the lowlight of someone’s life. Having a lawyer that’s on our side makes this generally hard time feel easier. Actually, the first thing that we should be thinking when getting pulled over for a DUI is “Who am I going to hire as my lawyer?”.
When we’re choosing a lawyer, we should always refer back to experience. Try to find a criminal attorney in the area who has had experience in DUI/DWI cases. North Carolina DUI Laws are listed in full on the NC DPS website. The state currently has five layers of misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
In this system level five is the least harsh and level one is the worst.
Level five offenders will receive a fine up to $200 and a minimum jail sentence of 24 hours. The judge is also able to suspend their license for up to 30 days and assign them up to 24 hours of community service.
Level four offenders could receive jail time for their DWI anywhere from 48 hours to 120 days. Their fine could also reach upwards of $500. The judge can also suspend the sentence until we complete 48 hours of community service, spend 48 hours in jail, and/or suspend our license to operate a vehicle for 60 days.
Level three offenders could face a fine of $1000, jail for 72 hours – 6 months or have the sentence suspended in place of 72 hours of community service, and/or 90 days without a license.
Level two DWI offenders can be fined up to $2000 and sentenced to 7 days to 1 year of jail time.
Level one could be fined up to $4000 and will receive a minimum jail sentence of up to 30 days, the sentence could be set up to two years.
Level one and two is generally reserved for repeat offenders. Sometimes these can be applied to those transporting young children while impaired or those who hurt someone in a crash. Having the right DUI lawyer in Gastonia could mean the difference between a level three and a level five offence.
Neece Law Firm is located right in the heart of Gastonia, NC. They are also well equipped with criminal lawyers who know their way around a DWI case.