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Raleigh DWI Process Attorneys

Being pulled over for any reason can be a frightening experience, but the implications, penalties, and complexities associated with a DWI charge can make a police stop even more stressful. Individuals who are charged with driving while impaired may be facing a lengthy legal battle, so understanding the rights of drivers and the responsibilities of law enforcement is crucial.

If you or someone you love is facing a DWI charge or a related offense, the Raleigh DWI process attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black are prepared to help. We have years of experience representing individuals who have been accused of driving while impaired and understand the challenges of this type of case. Contact our office today at 919-600-4609 to discuss your options with a member of our legal team.

Understanding the DWI Process

In general, the legal process for a DWI charge consists of the following:

  • The Stop- A law enforcement officer must have a reason for pulling over the car. This is typically a traffic violation or activity that leads to reasonable suspicion, such as swerving in and out of lanes.
  • DWI Investigation- If the police officer suspects that the driver is operating the vehicle while impaired, he or she has the right to begin a DWI investigation. The officer will attempt to gather information that may lead to a DWI charge.
  • Standard Field Sobriety Test- After speaking to the driver and examining the vehicle, the police officer may ask the motorist to complete a standard field sobriety test. This may include a horizontal gaze nystagmus, one legged stand, or walk and turn.
  • Arrest- If the driver fails to complete the standard field sobriety test in a way that convinces the officer that he or she is not driving while impaired, the driver may be arrested.

Any failure by a law enforcement officer to respect the rights of the driver or adhere to investigation protocol may lead to a dismissal of the case or lessening of the charges.

Contact Us

A DWI arrest can have lifelong consequences. Taking aggressive action against these charges can help to protect your rights and minimize the damage to your personal life. If you or someone you love has been accused of driving while impaired or has questions regarding the arrest procedure, the Raleigh DWI process attorneys of the Law Office of Jim Black are ready to help. Contact us today at 919-600-4609 to speak to a member of our qualified legal team about your case.


"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."

The Law Office of Jim Black

5 West Hargett Street #310
Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: (919) 600-4609
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