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DWI Sentencing Levels

In North Carolina, people who are found to be drinking and driving will be sentenced for a DWI conviction according to the state’s system of sentencing levels. These levels work to provide a basic outline of sentencing maximums and minimums. For instance, a person who commits an aggravated intoxicated driving crime, such as intoxication manslaughter, may be receive a more damaging sentence.

Unfortunately, no matter your sentencing level, you can face devastating penalties if convicted. To discuss your defense options if you are facing DWI charges, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today.

Sentencing Options in North Carolina

A judge may use several different punishments to address a convicted individual in a DWI case, such as jail time combined with punitive fees. These penalty levels vary according to the circumstances of the DWI case, with lower levels having harsher consequences than higher numbers. In North Carolina, the following levels may yield the following punishments:

  • Level 5 – between 1 to 60 days in jail with a fine under $200
  • Level 4 – between 2 to 120 days in jail with a fine under $500
  • Level 3 – between 3 days to 6 months in jail with a fine under $1,000
  • Level 2 – between 7 days to 1 year in jail with a fine under $2,000
  • Level 1 – between 30 days to 2 years in jail with a fine under $4,000

Additionally, a court may choose to combine some of these penalties with other repercussions, including required community service.

Contact Us

If you have been charged with DWI, the consequences may prove particularly strict. For more information regarding your legal options as a defendant, contact Raleigh DWI defense lawyer Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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