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The Effects of Prior DWI Convictions

DWI charges are always stressful, but a person convicted of a past DWI may face additional problems if they receive another DWI charge later. For instance, multiple DWI convictions on your record can increase the severity of the consequences of a present DWI charge. Thus, it is important that anyone facing DWI charges works to clear their name of the accusations against them.

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, we may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed. For more information regarding your legal options, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.

The Damaging Effects of a Prior DWI Conviction

In order to lessen the severity of DWI penalties, people may work to reduce a prior conviction or get the charge expunged from their record. However, expunction may not be available for a DWI depending on the circumstances of the offense, so a person may opt to work through education programs and other alcohol treatment courses to illustrate their rehabilitation. This can work to reduce penalties associated with multiple DWI violations.

The following issues can occur if a person has a prior DWI on their record:

  • Increased collateral consequences for their conviction, such as job loss
  • Increased incarceration periods
  • Increased monetary penalties
  • Stricter restrictions on driving privileges

In some cases, a prior DWI may not have a major impact on these cases if the previous DWI was from several decades ago. However, most second or multiple violation cases can lead to more severe penalties.

Contact Us

If you have been charged with DWI, there may be legal options available to fight for your freedom. To learn more about your rights and options as a defendant, contact Raleigh DWI 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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