Wilmington DWI Attorney
Arrested for DWI? Call (910) 595-1377
North Carolina has some of the strictest DWI laws in the nation. Even for
a first-time offense, you may have your license revoked, face jail time,
and be subject to fines. Protect your driving privileges and future today
by calling our Wilmington NC DWI defense lawyer at
James F. Rutherford, Attorney at Law, P.A.
Why clients choose our firm:
- An advocate who truly cares for clients
- 10+ years of trusted legal experience
- Top-rating for ethics and legal skill (AV® rating)
- Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law
- Certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
If you've been pulled over for a DWI, the most important thing you
can do is protect your rights. Avoid answering any incriminating questions,
be polite when talking to the police officer, and immediately contact
an attorney if the stop leads to an arrest. Our Wilmington criminal defense
attorneys can help you understand your options and walk you through complex
DWI laws. You can count on our Wilmington criminal defense lawyers to
fight for the best possible outcome inside and outside of court.
Don't face these charges alone. If you've been arrested for a DWI,
call our firm today at
DWI Penalties in North Carolina
In North Carolina, DWI penalties are based on "levels," with
each level indicating the severity of the factors involved. Level A1 is
the most serious while Level 5 is the least. When a judge assess DWI penalties,
he or she will look at any mitigating or aggravating circumstances involved
to determine your penalty level.
For a first-time DWI offense, you could be facing:
- Up to 2 years in jail if grossly aggravating factors are involved
License revocation or suspension up to 1 year
- Court costs and fines that increase if aggravating factors are involved
- Community service
Was your license revoked? Schedule a
DMV restoration hearing with our help.
What Penalties am I Facing for my 2nd DUI?
For repeat offenders or DWI offenses with aggravating circumstances, you
may be subject to higher fines, longer jail time, mandatory installation
of an interlock ignition device, and longer suspension periods.
In addition to the criminal penalties, you may also face increased insurance
premiums. In some extreme cases, you may even be denied coverage altogether
if the company views you as a high-risk policyholder due to your DWI charges.
Put a Certified Specialist on Your Side
James F. Rutherford is a
Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar and has been
Certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. He has an in-depth
understanding of the law and how field sobriety tests are conducted -
along with their many flaws and inaccuracies. Level the legal playing
field by putting his unique expertise on your side. We'll work hard
to help you challenge the DWI evidence against you and build a strong defense.