Below is a general discussion of the driving privileges available to persons cited with DWI in Mecklenburg County NC. While the DWI lawyers of Rosensteel Fleishman PLLC intend this article to be informative it is not exhaustive and the reader should be aware that each case is unique and would be reviewed by a Charlotte DWI Attorney at Rosensteel Fleishman, PLLC.
What Is A Charlotte DWI Driving Privilege
A Charlotte DWI citation will result in an initial thirty-day revocation of the driving privilege. This revocation typically begins on the day of the Charlotte DWI stop (or sometimes the next day if the stop occurs late at night).
The Eligibility Requirements of A Charlotte DWI Driving Privilege
The Charlotte DWI lawyers are, in many cases, able to procure for out clients a limited driving privilege. A limited driving privilege allows our clients to drive to specific destinations during the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.. To get our clients a limited driving privilege our lawyers need to be able to show that our clients meet the eligibility requirements of the law. As such, our DWI attorneys can argue that the client is eligible for a driving privilege for the purposes of:
-Employment (geographic limitations can apply)
-Maintenance of household (childcare and grocery shopping would be included)
-Court ordered treatment or assessment for drugs and alcohol
-Community service ordered as a part of the sentencing process
-Emergency medical care
The Charlotte DWI attorneys of Rosensteel Fleishman PLLC can get alternative hours for out client’s driving privilege if they are necessary for things like a late work shift, but these alternative hours must be approved by a judge. While the driving privilege itself is not guaranteed, if the driver qualifies, it is unusual for a Judge to deny the privilege in a Charlotte DWI case.
The Qualifications for a Charlotte DWI Driving Privilege Upon Revocation
-The driver must have been validly licensed at the time of the DWI offense or have a license that has been expired for less than a year.
-The driver must be a first offender with no other pending DWI charges.
-Must have been sentenced to a level three four or five of the NC DWI sentencing levels.
-Must have completed a substance abuse assessment and filed it with the court.
-Must have proof of liability insurance.
The Requirements of A Charlotte DWI Driving Privilege After Conviction
For a first time Charlotte DWI conviction a driver will lose his license for one full year from the conviction date. A driving privilege is available after a first time conviction for a Charlotte DWI. The limitations are the same as the limitations on the thirty-day revocation privilege in that your purposes for driving are the same. The time limitations are also the same as those listed above for the thirty-day civil revocation.
Receiving a Mecklenburg County – Charlotte DWI is a serious matter. Our Charlotte DWI attorneys have the know how, experience and acumen to handle your case. In every case we will let you know your cost up front – with no surprises. That is our promise to you. At Rosensteel Fleishman, PLLC we frequently work with both in state and out of state clients. For our clients’ convenience we accept payment over the phone with Visa or MasterCard.
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Published by Matthew Fleishman