North Carolina has more serious impaired driving penalties than other states. If you get pulled over by police who think that you are under the influence, you face penalties that include fines and jail time. There is also the suspension of your license to consider.
Losing your license can be a significant hardship when trying to rebuild your life after a criminal conviction. If you face charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI), the state will likely penalize you by suspending your license. How long will you lose your license for?
More previous offenses mean a more serious suspension
The more criminal convictions you have on your record, the longer the jail time and the higher the fines you face when you go to court. The same kind of increasing penalty occurs with the suspension of your license after a DWI charge.
If this is your first DWI offense, you will lose your license for a year. A second offense means that the state will revoke your license for four years. Anyone facing a third or subsequent DWI charge could permanently lose their right to drive.
Protecting yourself when facing a DWI charge
For some drivers, it may be possible to get a restricted or hardship license during their suspension period. Such a license allows you to drive for work, basic household errands like groceries, education, religious services, court-ordered community service and medical care.
The impact of losing your license either for a year or permanently could be a reason to fight against a DWI charge so that you don’t lose your license or face those other penalties.