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Sentencing Levels for a DWI

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The consequences of a DWI conviction are harsh and differ according to the level (1 through 5) determined by a judge during sentencing. North Carolina DWI law has “mitigating factors”, “aggravating factors”, and “grossly aggravating factors”. When negotiating a guilty plea, it is important for your attorney to be familiar with and apply all the applicable mitigating factors based on the facts of your case. Matthew will make sure that the Judge is aware of all such mitigating factors in your case so that you receive the most favorable sentencing level.

North Carolina recently amended statute § 20‑179, and named it “Laura’s Law”, to include an aggravated Level 1 sentence.

The sentencing levels are listed below:
Aggravated Level 1 – 12 months to 36 months jail time with a mandatory 4 month jail time requirement, fine of up to $10,000, driver’s license suspension, alcohol assessment or treatment required to restore driver’s license

Level 1 — 30 days to 24 months jail time, fine of up to $4,000, driver’s license suspension, alcohol assessment or treatment required to restore driver’s license

Level 2 — 7 days to 12 months jail time, fine of up to $2,000, driver’s license suspension, alcohol assessment or treatment required to restore driver’s license

Level 3 — 72 hours to 6 months jail time, fine of up to $1,000, driver’s license suspension, possible suspension of jail sentence in return for 72 hours of community service

Level 4 — 48 hours to 120 days jail time, fine of up to $500, driver’s license suspension, possible suspension of jail sentence in return for 48 hours of community service

Level 5 — 24 hours to 60 days jail time, fine of up to $200, driver’s license suspension, possible suspension of jail sentence in return for 24 hours of community service.

During your free consultation, Matthew will determine what course of actions best suits the facts of your case and is not afraid to take your case to trial. If a conviction is unavoidable, Matthew will work hard to ensure that the Judge sentences you to the lowest level possible.

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