Drunk Driving FAQ

Answers To Your Questions About Drunk Driving Charges

A DWI conviction can negatively impact your life financially, professionally, and personally. At Greenwood Law, our experienced criminal defense attorneys can provide the guidance you need during this uncertain time.

Below, we provide answers to some commonly asked questions about North Carolina DWI charges. However, we invite you to call our Winston-Salem office at 336-661-8788 to discuss your unique situation with our team. You can also contact Greenwood Law online. All initial criminal defense consultations are free of charge.

What is a DWI charge?

Do DWI’s apply to all vehicles?

North Carolina has typically defined vehicles as any motorized transportation operated on public roads or areas. This means you could potentially get a DWI on a golf cart, boat, etc.

Can I refuse alcohol testing from an officer?

Yes, you have the Constitutional right to refuse field testing. Evidence of your refusal may be testified to in a court hearing, but there is no effect to your license for refusing these tests. Further, if you refuse a chemical test at the police station, your license may be suspended for a year.

What type of punishment will I face with a DWI?

The DWI punishments are based on an offense level ranging from 5 to 1, 5 being the lowest level and 1 being the highest level. The judge will determine your level based on a variety of mitigating factors. An experienced attorney will help you best negotiate a more favorable DWI level and thus a more favorable outcome in court. Click here for more information on DWI punishments.

Will I lose my job?

This ultimately depends on your employer, and what type of punishment is handed down by the courts. As previously mentioned, an attorney can work with the court to help ensure you remain eligible to drive and thus better able to remain employed.