If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, you may or may not be aware of the fact that you have two separate legal proceedings that are possible for some cases. One is the traditional criminal case where the defendant faces the usual fines or penalties. The second is a restoration hearing administered by the DMV if the police say you refused to blow.
At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, we have experienced Wake County DWI attorneys who are going to help guide you through the specifics of your case, as well as thoroughly and professionally defend you.
Consequences to Multiple DWI’s
First DWI: After your first conviction of DWI your driver’s license is automatically revoked for one year. Typically your attorney will be able to get you a limited driving privilege in court after your plead guilty or are found guilty for your first offense.
Second DWI: Being convicted of a second DWI in the state of NC will result in a four year loss of your license. However, with the help of an attorney, there is hope to have a restoration hearing after two years. You must have completed a substance abuse program and shown significant steps of improvement.
Third DWI: If all the charges are within 10 years, then your license is permanently revoked. There is an opportunity for a restoration hearing in some cases after time has passed. Call us if you are in this scenario.
Habitual Offender: After your fourth accident, you are considered a habitual offender. This will generally result in maximum fines, punishment, and incarceration time for any offense.
You need Legal Assistance for a DMV Hearing
A DMV hearing should not be something taken lightly. If you are on your second or third DWI, then an attorney should be consulted. A DMV hearing is not far off from a standard court hearing. It is going to include witnesses (sworn under oath) who will testify in regards to your drinking. The witnesses will be interviewed individually, with the hearing officer and your attorney present. It is strongly advised that you have a reputable, experienced attorney by your side to help guide you through this process. Losing your license can have serious, life altering repercussions. Make sure to take the proper steps in order to mitigate your consequences.
Law Firm Located in Raleigh, NC
Our main office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary, NC off exit 289. However, we also have another location at 6220 Angus Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC.
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC
At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we handle Raleigh DWI cases as well as misdemeanor criminal charges and low level felony charges in Wake County. We strongly advise talking with an attorney to discuss your possible options and to ensure your charges are handled in an appropriate manner. If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer or a Raleigh DWI Restoration Hearing Lawyer contact Attorney Wiley Nickel or Attorney Kristi Haddock at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.