Driving While Impaired
A DWI Has Serious Consequences – We Can Help
DWI is a criminal offense that is often referred to as drunk driving or DUI (driving under the influence) in other states. A person may face criminal charges for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance. To secure a conviction for DWI, the district attorney must prove one or both of the following key factors:
- The driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater
- The driver’s normal abilities were impaired due to alcohol or drugs
The state must also prove that the defendant was driving the vehicle. In an attempt to convict a defendant, the state may utilize physical evidence obtained during a breath test or blood test that shows a driver had an illegal blood alcohol concentration and/or the arresting officer’s testimony regarding the driver’s performance on field sobriety tests. Although a prosecutor may try to prove both factors to seek a conviction, evidence of only one is often enough.
In North Carolina, there are many different types of field sobriety tests that can be used by law enforcement officers after they pull over a driver, such as:
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus
- One-leg stand test
- Walk-and-turn test
- Romberg balance test
- Finger-to-nose test
- ABC test
For a person facing drunk driving charges, a Charlotte DWI defense lawyer is your best option for avoiding a DWI conviction on your record. As a result of a DWI, a driver may face imprisonment, fines, community service, probation, and mandatory counseling or rehabilitation if convicted. A defendant may also face driver’s license suspension after a DWI arrest alone, based upon the fact that he or she failed or refused blood or breath alcohol testing.
We Will Build A Strong Defense
It is important that you do what you can to avoid a conviction of this kind by hiring a Charlotte DWI criminal defense lawyer who will diligently investigate your case and build a legal strategy that properly represents your interests. If you have been charged with DWI in Charlotte, contact the Charlotte DWI lawyer of Burts Law, PLLC.
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