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Impounding a Vehicle After DWI

When drivers face drunk driving allegations, they may also face the loss of their motor vehicles. In North Carolina, the state has the right to impound a person’s vehicle in many situations, including after that individual has been charged or convicted for DWI. Having a vehicle impounded can be a major hindrance on a person’s freedom and can seriously impair their ability to get to work and other commitments after a DWI charge.

DWI consequences in North Carolina can be very harsh, so it is important that you meet these charges with an equally tough defense. To discuss your options if you are facing DWI charges, contact Raleigh DWI defense attorney Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today.

When Can the State Impound My Car?

The state has the legal power to take a person’s automobile and hold on to that property for a specific amount of time. In general, people who are found to be driving while intoxicated can have their vehicles impounded in addition to those who do not have auto insurance or a valid driver’s license at the time of DWI arrest.

In cases of repeat DWI offenders, the individual may lose his or her vehicle to the state altogether. If the person can get his or her vehicle back, they will need to pay a fee to restore the vehicle from an impound lot. These costs can prove too great for some motorists, and if this is the case, the state can sell the vehicle.

Contact Us

If you are facing DWI charges, these may be legal options available for your defense. For more information regarding your rights as a defendant, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black by calling 919-600-4609 today.


"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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