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North Carolina DWI Punishments

There are numerous punishments that can be imposed if you have been convicted of driving while impaired DWI. They are largely dependent upon the severity of the offense and any prior convictions. The penalties for first time DWI are much less extreme than for habitual DWI, which is a felony offense. If your DWI resulted in severe injury or the death of another, the resulting DWI punishments are harsh.

The best way to have your DWI charges dismissed or minimize the penalties is to hire a competent lawyer with proven success in the field of DWI defense. At the Robinson Law Firm, P.A., our victories are numerous. Our DWI defense team will explain these punishments in more detail, answer any questions you may have and put nearly 40 years experience to work on your behalf.


Different types of DWI punishments in North Carolina include, but are not limited to:

Community service
Suspension or revocation of driver’s license
Ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle
Wearing a continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM) system
Alcohol treatment and education

Because there are numerous factors a judge will look at in deciding your sentence, you need the help of an experienced attorney. While you may have never had a DWI, have no prior criminal history, possess a safe driving record or voluntarily entered into an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program, the charges are still very serious. If there are aggravating factors to your DWI such as having a child in the vehicle with you, driving on a suspended license or prior criminal history and DWI convictions, you may be punished more harshly.

Learn more about Underage Drinking, Zero Tolerance and DWI laws in North Carolina.

Contact a DWI defense lawyer if you are concerned that the maximum punishments will be applied to your case.