If a court convicts you of Driver Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI), many areas of your life can be affected as a result.
Usually, DUI and DWI convictions come with harsh and severe consequences ranging from jail time, hefty fines to losing your driver’s license.
How Does a DUI/DWI Conviction Affect Other Areas of My Life?
Retaining help from the Knox Law Firm can help you quickly protect your interest against the trucking company that already has an insurance provider at work.
Our legal team will interview any accident witnesses and preserve evidence such as the truck’s black box, driver logbooks, drug testing records, and information about the driver’s background.
Do North Carolina Traffic Accident Laws Protect, Truck Drivers?
If you’re convicted of a DUI or DWI, the consequences will depend on if this is your first offense, if an accident occurred, if anyone was injured, or if you had a minor in the car with you.
In North Carolina, a DWI conviction is classified as a misdemeanor offense, punishable by jail time, and may require fines, community service, and mandatory alcohol treatment.
Mandatory alcohol treatment programs can be intensive and often involve 30 or more days in a rehab facility, taking you away from your family, friends, and job.
Even before a conviction, fighting a DUI or DWI charge in court can take time away from your job.
Your driver’s license will be automatically suspended from a minimum of one year to permanent revocation, depending on the severity of the offense. If you previously drove to work or drove as a part of your job, your livelihood is now at stake.
If you do serve jail time, you may now have to tell employers you’ve been convicted of a crime, or your conviction may show up on an employer background check. Often, if a job requires driving, an employer won’t hire anyone who has been convicted of drunk driving.
For younger drivers, often colleges ask if you have any criminal background, and any scholarships you won may be in danger if convicted.
In addition to jail time and fines, the cost of your auto insurance will spike as a result.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Charged With A DUI or DWI?
If you’ve been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact the Knox Law Center right away. The sooner you enlist an experienced attorney, the better your chances of avoiding conviction or severe penalties.
As soon as we are on your case, we can start to subpoena traffic videos, interview witnesses, and investigate if the arresting officer violated your Fourth Amendment rights.
We offer complimentary consultations to learn how our 30 years of working within the North Carolina court system can help you.