Thanksgiving Eve, also referred to as “Blackout Wednesday,” is the start of the holiday DWI season. During December, 728 people are killed or injured each day. While tensions are high when it comes to family and work gatherings, you may start with one or two drinks then leave the party without a second thought. DWIs can be detrimental to your life, job, and relationships. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI and you’re thinking of foregoing of an attorney and pleading guilty, here are a few things you should consider.
A DWI is an expensive proposition. It can cost you your freedom and it can also cost a pretty penny. You may choose to go along with the charge and just pay whatever the court orders, or you may choose to defend yourself and fight the charges. So, what is a DWI in North Carolina going to cost you?
DWIs in North Carolina are divided into six categories. From most severe to least severe, the DWI sentencing levels are: Aggravated Level One, Level One, Level Two, Level Three, Level Four, and Level Five. Each level is decided by the presence or absence of grossly aggravating factors, aggravating factors, and mitigating factors. To better understand which category of DWI you may fall in, it is best to first understand what the different kinds of factors are.
In North Carolina, an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is only required for a driver that is convicted of DWI with a 0.15% BAC or higher or if the driver has had more than one DWI offense within 7 years.