Halloween is one of the most celebrated days of the year. It is fun to dress up, party, and go to haunted houses, but it is when you are standing in handcuffs facing charges for drunk driving that it gets really scary. If you were charged with DWI on Halloween, you are not alone. Halloween has one of the highest incidences of drunk driving annually. In fact, studies show that well over half of all car crashes that occur on Halloween night involve at least one drunk driver. Now that Halloween is over, it is time to deal with the aftermath and do everything you can to have your charges dismissed or reduced. An experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney can review the facts and circumstances of your case to determine the best possible course of action. If you would like to speak one-on-one with one of our highly qualified DWI and criminal defense attorneys, contact Coastal South Law to schedule a consultation.
What to Do if You Have Been Charged With DWI
If you have been charged with a DWI, the first thing to do is realize the importance of fighting it. DWIs can have a number of long-term consequences, including potential impacts on professional licenses and job eligibility. If this is your first DWI you might think you can change it, however, you have the best chance of successfully fighting your first DWI as you are a first time offender. If you accept your first DWI charges without a fight, it becomes much harder to fight the charges or get a plea deal once you are already an offender. Next, it is important to talk to an attorney to get legal advice on your case. Many people avoid seeking professional legal representation because they believe that the cost will be too high, however, it is important to understand that this is an investment in the rest of your life. Also, representation may not cost as much as you think.
A lawyer will thoroughly review your case to determine whether any grounds for dismissal exist, such as a violation of your constitutional rights. They will also see if there are any bases for challenging the charges and if a plea deal to a less serious offense or penalty would be possible. Additionally, it is important to start changing for the better before you get to court. Start attending AA meetings, get a sponsor, and seek therapy, counseling, or other treatment for substance abuse. Making positive changes like this on your own demonstrates to the court that you are capable of rehabilitation without going to jail and have already accepted this as a wake-up call to start changing for the better.
Schedule a Consultation With Coastal South DWI Lawyers
If you are currently facing charges for DWI in North Carolina, you do not have to navigate the process alone. One bad night does not have to define the rest of your life, and the experienced DWI attorneys at Coastal South Law can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.