DWI Laws in North Carolina

In North Carolina, D.W.I. stands for “driving while impaired,” typically a misdemeanor that carries with it a maximum of 3 years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine and a mandatory loss of of your privilege to drive in North Carolina, ranging from 1 year to a permanent revocation, depending upon your record. In extreme cases, a D.W.I. can actually be a felony. Further, if you are convicted of a D.W.I. it is possible that your personal North Carolina automobile insurance rates could increase over 700% for 3 years following a conviction of D.W.I.


There are several elements to the crime of D.W.I.
Grossly Aggravating Factors
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
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