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Raleigh Misdemeanor DWI Attorney

Driving While Impaired (DWI) is typically classified as a misdemeanor in North Carolina, with a few exceptions. However, the penalties for a single DWI conviction can vary widely depending on the circumstances of the case. If you have been arrested for DWI and charged with a misdemeanor, you should consult with an experienced DWI defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Raleigh misdemeanor DWI attorney Jim Black is proud to represent individuals who have been accused of drunk driving. If you have been arrested and are looking to have your charges and penalties minimized or dropped, contact the Law Office of Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.

DWI Misdemeanor Penalties

In North Carolina, a misdemeanor DWI offense can be classified under one of 5 different sentencing levels, with Level 1 being the most severe and Level 5 being the least severe. The level of sentencing ordered by the judge depends largely upon a comparison of grossly aggravating factors, aggravating factors, and mitigating factors in your case. Sentencing guidelines for the 5 levels are as follows:

  • Level 5 DWI: Up to 60 days in jail, maximum $200 fine
  • Level 4 DWI: Up to 120 days in jail, maximum $500 fine
  • Level 3 DWI: Up to 6 months in jail, maximum $1,000 fine
  • Level 2 DWI: Up to 12 months in jail, maximum $2,000 fine
  • Level 1 DWI: Up to 24 months in jail, maximum $4,000 fine

In addition, your sentence may include driver’s license suspension, community service, and/or mandatory enrollment in a substance abuse treatment program.

Because a single conviction can have such drastic consequences on your life, it is important to consult with an experienced DWI lawyer as soon as you are arrested. Raleigh DWI defense attorney Jim Black is committed to aggressively defending your case and making sure that your legal rights and freedoms are protected. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.

Contact Us

To discuss the details of your DWI charge and your legal options with a tenacious Raleigh DWI defense lawyer, contact the Law Office of Jim Black today at 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."

The Law Office of Jim Black

5 West Hargett Street #310
Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: (919) 600-4609
Fax: (919) 834-4891


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