DUI and DWI Attorneys in Wilmington, NC
All of North Carolina, including Wilmington, has some of the strictest and most complicated DWI laws in the nation. A person convicted of this offense will receive a mandatory license revocation , substantial fines and the possibility of a jail sentence. A second or subsequent conviction will result in mandatory jail time.
Experienced DUI Lawyers in New Hanover County
If you find yourself charged with a DWI or DUI in New Hanover County, NC, you will want to hire the best DWI defense lawyer, one who handles a substantial number of these cases and is willing to fight for your rights at trial.
At Mason & Mason Attorneys at Law, we pride ourselves on being one of the best DWI law firms in Wilmington. In a DWI/DUI case, plea offers are more limited and often unappealing to clients. Your attorney must be prepared to fight all the way through trial on your behalf. We have the experience, knowledge and trial skills to provide you the best opportunity for a favorable outcome in your case.
Wilmington DWI Penalties – 21 and older
Drunk driving or “driving while impaired” (DWI) in Wilmington (or surrounding towns)―is a serious offense that not only can drain your bank account, take away your freedom, and crush your reputation―it also can seriously injure and even kill. Based on your age, the offense number, and your license type, you face penalties like:
- Fines, including court costs and lawyer fees.
- License suspension or revocation .
- Jail time. For some offenses, the jail time is mandatory rather than possible.
- Community service.
- Higher car insurance rates.
Penalties are based on your “level,” and your judge uses mitigating factors to determine your level. Factors include your BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration), prescription medications, your current driving record, and other aspects of your DWI situation and overall driving history.
All 50 states have now set .08% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) as the legal limit for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). For commercial drivers, a BAC of .04% can result in a DUI conviction nationwide. For those under 21 years old, there is a zero tolerance limit―even the smallest amount of alcohol is grounds for a DUI arrest.
Should you ever find yourself faced with a DUI arrest, your first step should be to hire the services of the best Wilmington DWI lawyer. Mason & Mason are highly trained in the DUI and DWI laws of North Carolina, and many times they can lessen your fines or penalties.
Being convicted of driving under the influence can also impact your life in ways you may not be aware of, including: loss of employment (and the inability to be employed in certain jobs in the future), higher insurance rates, serious financial setbacks, personal and family embarrassment, and having that conviction on your driving records for years―if not forever.