Driving While Impaired (DWI) is the act of operating or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the degree that one's mental and motor skills are impaired. Whether from the influence of alcohol or drugs, DWI is a serious offense in North Carolina and can result in penalties ranging from fines, community service, increase in auto insurance, suspension/revocation of driver's license, to jail time. The seasoned DWI attorneys at Kimberly Saxton and Associates, PLLC are experienced in navigating the legal system in North Carolina and will work with you from the time of your arrest through the end of a hearing or trial. We are committed to getting you the best possible outcome.
Police need reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to stop your vehicle and probable cause to arrest you on suspicion of DWI. If the police ask you to perform standard field sobriety testing (SFSTs) on the roadside, you need not agree to perform those tests. However, it is important to consider that refusing to give a sample of your breath can result in a suspension of your driving privilege. The results of any SFSTs will be used against you in court if your case proceeds to trial. After a person is arrested for DWI, the State must quickly process you and bring you before a neutral and detached magistrate to set the terms and conditions of your release. If the police fail to follow these statutory and constitutional protections, then the DWI attorneys at Kimberly Saxton and Associates may be able to get your case dismissed.
When someone is charged with DWI in North Carolina, one of their biggest concerns is losing their ability to drive. Not only will we fight aggressively to get your case dismissed if possible, but if necessary, we will also help in assisting you obtain a limited driving privilege (LDP), if eligible, even if your license is suspended due to a DWI. If you have been charged with DWI, or your license is suspended due to a DWI, call us today to see how we can assist you in your specific situation.