Experienced And Professional Defense Against DUI Charges
Everyone makes mistakes, and most of us make bad decisions every now and again. Such decisions don’t mean you are a bad person – they just mean that you are human. That being said, the law is not nearly so forgiving when it comes to certain mistakes, like drunk driving.
North Carolina has among the toughest DUI and DWI laws in the country, and penalties for a conviction can be severe. If you find yourself facing drunk driving charges, you need the help of a seasoned legal professional who understands the nuances of the laws and will help you fight or otherwise resolve your charges as favorably as possible. In Kenly and the surrounding areas, look no further than Lucas & Davis, P.A.
The Basics Of DUI And DWI Laws
In North Carolina, drivers over the age of 21 with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08% are considered legally drunk. If a test confirms your BAC is .08% or higher, you can be convicted of driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC), regardless of whether you show signs of impairment.
Commercial drivers have a BAC threshold of just .04%, while drivers under 21 are not supposed to have any alcohol in their system. They can be convicted under North Carolina’s zero tolerance law with a BAC of just .02%.
Even if your BAC is less than the applicable legal limits outlined above, you can still be charged with DUI or DWI if you are deemed impaired (as determined by police officer observation and the results of field sobriety tests).
Can You Contest Drunk Driving Charges?
It is often possible to challenge DUI and DWI charges, even if prosecutors have test results and other strong evidence. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to challenge evidence if there is reason to believe that any of the following occurred:
- Testing devices were not calibrated properly or recently enough
- Field sobriety tests were administered incorrectly
- The arresting officer significantly deviated from protocol during the stop and arrest
- The traffic stop was illegal because there was no reasonable suspicion to pull you over in the first place
Seeking Other Resolutions
There are times when the smartest course of action is not to contest the charges, but rather to seek a plea deal or other alternatives. As we discuss the facts of your case, we will always keep you informed about your options and the likely outcomes of any course of action you choose. And, though it should go without saying, we will never pressure you to make a certain decision or decide for you.
Learn More About Your Rights And Legal Options
If you’re facing drunk driving charges, you need good legal help as soon as possible. Don’t wait to contact Lucas & Davis, P.A., to discuss your rights and legal options with an experienced attorney. Call our office in Kenly at 919-284-5106 or send us an email to get started.