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DWI / DUI

Have You Been Charged with DWI/DUI?

If you have been arrested and charged with DWI (driving while impaired), sometimes referred to as DUI (driving under the influence), you are probably scared and in fear of what happens next. Being convicted of DWI in North Carolina, even at the lowest level of punishment, can mean loss of your driving privilege or even time in jail, and it doesn’t stop there. DWI conviction can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fines, court costs, year over year increase in insurance rates, and social stigma that closes doors to your future opportunities.

DWI/DUI charges usually involve impairment by alcohol.  However, a person can be charged with DWI if they drive while impaired by other substances such as over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, or illegal drugs.  The seriousness and possible consequences of a DWI conviction depend on whether there are aggravating circumstances that make your case particularly serious. Examples might include:

  • DWI driving resulting in serious injury or death
  • Habitual impaired driving or prior DWI convictions
  • DWI with a child in the vehicle
  • DWI with a revoked driver’s license

In North Carolina, law-enforcement officers will aggressively enforce impaired-driving laws and prosecutors will aggressively pursue DWI charges.  Because of the amount of public education available regarding the dangers of impaired driving, special focus is given to these cases and little leniency is given to those charged with DWI.  Sentencing laws may apply mandatory penalties, including license suspension, community service, and even jail time, to those convicted of DWI. Dan Blau offers more than a decade of experience in defending DWI charges.  He can defend you through each stage of the prosecution process and help you keep your driving privileges while the charges against you are being resolved.

 

 

Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

Dan Blau has represented many people from all walks of life, professions, and ages that have been charged with DWI/DUI. Dan possesses a keen understanding of the North Carolina legal system that will help you understand the sentencing guidelines and overcome aggravating or mitigating circumstances in your case. Going “on your own” in a DWI matter is far too risky to chance.  If you have previous convictions, were involved in an accident, or require a license to drive for your employment or the ability to be bonded, or if you have a professional license you owe it to yourself and your future to acquire the best legal representation possible. Dan has had over a decade of experience in DWI defense matters. He knows exactly what to look for and how to defend your case. He is a trusted and reliable DWI defense advocate.

Some of the areas that Dan will be analyzing carefully are:

  • the possibility of challenging your arrest
  • careful analysis of all the evidence
  • evaluating the reason you were stopped
  • challenging administration of field sobriety and BAC tests
  • determining your eligibility for reinstatement of your driving privileges

If you or a loved one, has been charged with DWI/DUI, you do not have to navigate the challenges the charge can present alone. Call Dan today for your consultation and case evaluation.  Let his experience in the field work for you. Consultations are cost and risk free, and are always confidential.

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What Our Clients Say

THOUSANDS OF CASES | DOZENS OF APPEALS | QUALIFIED SUCCESS

New Hearing Ordered

State v. A.N., 778 S.E.2d 863 (2015) Client pled guilty to robbery and was placed into deportation proceedings as a result of his convictions. RESULT ON APPEAL: New hearing ordered due to former attorney misadvising client about the consequences of his guilty plea.

Conviction Vacated

State v. K.P. (2018) Client was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: Conviction vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel; client released with time served.

Convictions Reversed

State v. G.B., 217 N.C. App. 380 (2011) Client was convicted of forgery and habitual felon and was sentenced to 70-93 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.R., 223 N.C. App. 325 (2012): Client was convicted of sex offenses and was sentenced to 307-378 months in prison.   RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge allowing improper expert testimony at trial.

New Trial Granted

State v. T.L., 217 N.C. App. 455 (2011) Client was convicted of robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to 71-104 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge refusing to admit important defense evidence at trial.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.C., 802 S.E.2d 531 (2017) Client was convicted of felony assault and was sentenced to 65-90 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to violation of client’s constitutional rights at trial.  (Appeal remains pending.)

Convictions Vacated

State v. A.H. (2018) Client was convicted of multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of possessing weapons on educational property.   RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: All convictions vacated after statutes were ruled to be unconstitutional.

Convictions Vacated

State v. J.D., 2017 N.C. App. LEXIS 327 (2017) Client was convicted of marijuana charge and habitual felon and was sentenced to 76-116 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions vacated due to defective search warrant.

Convictions Reversed

State v. L.P., 2011 N.C. App. LEXIS 1535 (2011): Client was convicted of misdemeanor larceny and sentenced to probation. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

Order Vacated

State v. M.M., 209 N.C. App. 466 (2011) Client was ordered to enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring. RESULT ON APPEAL: Order vacated due to lack of jurisdiction.

Order Vacated

State v. M.M., 209 N.C. App. 466 (2011) Client was ordered to enroll in lifetime satellite-based monitoring. RESULT ON APPEAL: Order vacated due to lack of jurisdiction.

Convictions Reversed

State v. L.P., 2011 N.C. App. LEXIS 1535 (2011): Client was convicted of misdemeanor larceny and sentenced to probation. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

New Hearing Ordered

State v. A.N., 778 S.E.2d 863 (2015) Client pled guilty to robbery and was placed into deportation proceedings as a result of his convictions. RESULT ON APPEAL: New hearing ordered due to former attorney misadvising client about the consequences of his guilty plea.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.C., 802 S.E.2d 531 (2017) Client was convicted of felony assault and was sentenced to 65-90 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to violation of client’s constitutional rights at trial.  (Appeal remains pending.)

Convictions Reversed

State v. G.B., 217 N.C. App. 380 (2011) Client was convicted of forgery and habitual felon and was sentenced to 70-93 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions reversed due to lack of evidence.

New Trial Granted

State v. T.L., 217 N.C. App. 455 (2011) Client was convicted of robbery and kidnapping and was sentenced to 71-104 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge refusing to admit important defense evidence at trial.

Convictions Vacated

State v. J.D., 2017 N.C. App. LEXIS 327 (2017) Client was convicted of marijuana charge and habitual felon and was sentenced to 76-116 months in prison. RESULT ON APPEAL: Convictions vacated due to defective search warrant.

New Trial Granted

State v. S.R., 223 N.C. App. 325 (2012): Client was convicted of sex offenses and was sentenced to 307-378 months in prison.   RESULT ON APPEAL: New trial granted due to judge allowing improper expert testimony at trial.

Convictions Vacated

State v. A.H. (2018) Client was convicted of multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of possessing weapons on educational property.   RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: All convictions vacated after statutes were ruled to be unconstitutional.

Conviction Vacated

State v. K.P. (2018) Client was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. RESULT ON POST-CONVICTION: Conviction vacated due to ineffective assistance of counsel; client released with time served.

Please note that these are examples of prior cases in which we have obtained a positive result for our client.  Every case is different, and we cannot guarantee a specific result in your case.