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Answers To FAQ About DUI In North Carolina

Last updated on March 14, 2024

A DUI conviction can negatively affect every aspect of your life. The Law Offices of Karen D. Gerber, PLLC, in Winston-Salem, provides aggressive and personalized defense for drunk driving charges.

I, attorney Gerber, am a board-certified specialist in federal and state criminal law and understand North Carolina’s complex DUI laws and penalties. Don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation to ask about your options if you face charges.

Here are frequently asked questions from clients.

What are the potential penalties for DUI?

North Carolina has some of the most complicated DUI penalties in the country. Judges have six levels of punishment to choose from. Severe consequences can result from a conviction, including fines, license suspension and jail time. Penalties depend on several factors, such as your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), whether you have prior DUI convictions and other aggravating factors.

What happens if I refuse to take a breath or blood test?

Under the state’s implied consent law, refusing a breath or blood test results in an automatic license suspension of up to a year, and could increase the penalties if you get convicted of a DUI. The refusal may also be admissible in court as evidence against you.

What are the possible repercussions of a DUI conviction?

Beyond the legal penalties, a DUI conviction can impact your life significantly. It can affect employment opportunities, raise insurance premiums and result in a criminal record. It can also jeopardize your immigration status if you aren’t a U.S. citizen.

What are possible defenses to DUI charges?

Possible defenses might include:

  • The officer did not have legal grounds to stop you.
  • The breathalyzer device was incorrectly calibrated or maintained.
  • You have a medical condition or dietary issue that resulted in a false BAC reading.
  • The officer was not qualified or properly trained for administering tests.

Each defense requires a thorough investigation of the facts related to your case. I have the know-how to spot weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

Get Help Fighting A DUI Charge

If you are charged with DUI in Winston-Salem or surrounding areas, contact The Law Offices of Karen D. Gerber, PLLC. Call 336-725-6611 for a free, confidential consultation, or fill out the form online and I’ll contact you. I will protect your rights and fight for your future.