DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving

Raleigh/Durham DWI Defense Attorney

We fight DWIs like no one else in the state of North Carolina. We can’t promise that we’ll beat your case, but we are thorough, we will leave no stone unturned, and we don’t shy away from a fight.

NC Trial Lawyer, Ben HiltzheimerOur attorneys and staff can guide you every step of the way as you navigate the difficult process of a DWI charge.  At the outset, we will carefully examine the specific facts of your case, including the events leading up to your stop, arrest, and the criminal charges that followed, and assess any potential legal issues that may arise from those facts. We will subpoena the arresting officer for any dashcam footage or body cam footage that may have recorded any portion of your stop, arrest, and processing, from beginning to end.

If the State is unable to prove, for example, that the officers who conducted the initial traffic stop had probable cause to do so, then any testing or other evidence gathered as a result of that stop must be excluded from evidence (suppressed) at trial, and your case may be dismissed altogether.  In other cases, a skilled Raleigh DWI defense attorney may be able to elicit evidence that a field sobriety test, or breathalyzer test, was administered improperly, which in some cases is another legal avenue to beating a DWI / drunk driving charge.  Hiring the right Raleigh DWI lawyer is a critical decision at the outset of the process.

Charged with a DWI (Driving While Impaired)?

Under the North Carolina code, a DWI is detailed in § 20‑138.1, under the heading of Impaired Driving. In order to prove that you committed a DWI, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you:

  1. Drove a vehicle on “any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area” within the state;
  2. While under the influence of any impairing substance; or
  3. After having consumed sufficient alcohol that he or she has, at any relevant time after the driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. The results of a chemical analysis shall be deemed sufficient evidence to prove a person’s alcohol concentration; or
  4. With any amount of a Schedule I controlled substance.

While it can appear to be a lost cause, there are cases in which a DWI charge can be successfully defended. Every case is different, but you need an experienced Raleigh driving while intoxicated lawyer to advise you regarding the options in your particular case, and help you obtain the best outcome possible — and get you back on the road.

See our North Carolina DWI Resource for more information on DWI / DUI / drunk driving charges in Raleigh and surrounding areas.