Regardless of whether a North Carolina DWI charge can be reduced, you need an experienced DWI attorney to represent you in court. North Carolina has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the United States. Legislation in 1998 and 1999 changed DWI laws in North Carolina to close loopholes in some of the laws, enact stricter penalties, and include a vehicle forfeiture law. The hope of having a DWI reduced to a lesser charge is unlikely due to how North Carolina views drunk driving in this state. In fact the law actually forbids the prosecution from reducing or dismissing impaired driving cases in all but the most unusual circumstances!
Most recently in March 2015, the North Carolina House voted on two new DWI laws that target repeat offenders. Both of the bills passed in the N.C. House and both bills are anticipated to pass the N.C. Senate. If passed, the first law lowers the threshold for being classified as a habitual drunken driver in North Carolina. Drivers could be charged with habitual DWI for a third offense within 10 years. The second law would prevent convicted drunken drivers with license restrictions from driving with any alcohol in their system. Both new laws aim to strengthen DWI laws within the state and further prevent defendants from having a DWI reduced to a lesser charge.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney if I Cannot Get a DWI Reduced to a Lesser Charge?
Even though you may not be able to have your DWI reduced to a lesser charge, you still need a qualified and experienced Jacksonville DWI lawyer to represent you in court. DWI penalties are severe and prosecutors seek the maximum penalty for any DWI charge.
A DWI attorney may not be able to have a DWI reduced to a lesser charge but he understands the laws in North Carolina with regard to a DWI stop, DWI arrest, and the evidence that the state must present in order to prove that you were driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Not every DWI arrest ends in a guilty verdict. You may have been arrested for driving while impaired but you are not guilty until the state proves its case in court.
There are many ways to attack a DWI arrest charge and win. Our attorneys will review your case, examine the state’s evidence, and prepare the best defense strategy based on the facts. If we believe that your case is one that should not go to trial, we may be able to reach a better outcome than you can if you represent yourself.
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