So what happens after a DUI conviction? Rather than worry, let’s talk about life after DUI.
So You Have a DUI Conviction
Because a DWI arrest is so serious, many fear the worst and wonder if their life is over now. Of course, it is not, and our first goal in every DUI case is to find legal error. But even if ultimately convicted, your life will go on. So here is what you can expect if found guilty or plead guilty to a DWI in North Carolina. First, you will lose your license for one year. However, depending on your circumstances, you may apply for a limited driving privilege immediately or after some period. For example, you must wait 45 days if your BAC is 0.15 or higher. Furthermore, if you refuse breath testing, the wait period increases to 6 months. Consequently, most folks take the breath test when offered at the station.
In addition to losing your license, you will also have to complete substance abuse counseling and do some community service. As to substance abuse, you first take an assessment and then complete the suggested number of counseling hours. For example, if this is your first offense and your BAC is below 0.15, you will probably need 16 hours. However, as you might expect, more serious cases usually result in more hours to complete. And finally, the law requires 24 to 72 hours of community service depending on your sentence. But no jail time for punishment levels 3 through 5.
So There is Life After DUI Conviction
Even though you feared the worst, you survived. In fact, you may even come out stronger for the experience. Regardless, we will get through the process together, and you will know you can count on us. While most folks drink responsibly and don’t take chances, you just cannot drive with any alcohol on your breath. Because if stopped on the way home, a DWI investigation will quickly turn badly for you. So rather than take chances, the best bet is to simply not drive after any alcohol.
Even though the law says you can drive up to 0.08, police and juries are quick to judge you. Rather than end up in our office, we prefer that you and your family be safe and not need us. After all, we can always find other practice areas to make a living.