Protect Your Rights And Minimize The Damage A DWI Can Cause

Bull & Reinhardt PLLC is known in Asheville and throughout the surrounding region as a proven resource for those charged with driving while impaired (DWI). While we recognize the state's objective of protecting our highways, we seek to minimize harm to our clients and to hold the prosecution to their burden of proof.

Our vast legal knowledge — amassed during our attorneys' more than 45 years of combined experience — allows us to remain on the cutting edge of DWI law and offer our clients the powerful criminal defense representation they deserve.

How A DWI And DUI Affect Your Life

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), approximately 1.5 million people are arrested annually in the U.S. for DWI, sometimes called driving under the influence (DUI). These figures include not only those arrested for drunk driving but also those who have been arrested while driving under the influence of illicit substances such as street drugs and even prescription drugs.

The consequences that follow an arrest for drunk or drug-impaired driving are uniformly negative and can be exceptionally severe. Some common consequences include:

  • Jail time
  • Loss of driver's license
  • Heavy fines
  • Mandatory drug and alcohol training
  • A criminal history that can limit your ability to obtain employment or housing

DWIs are also expensive. As recently as 2011, Money magazine calculated the average cost of a DWI to be about $10,000, factoring in bail, fines, fees and increased insurance premiums.

DWI Charges And Limited Driving Privileges

In North Carolina, there are different levels and types of DWI charges. The specific charge you face is tied to many factors, such as whether this is your first DWI arrest. At Bull & Reinhardt PLLC, we defend people charged with every kind and level of drunk driving crime, including:

  • First-offense DWI
  • Repeat DWI offenders
  • Habitual DWI and felony DWI
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Commercial driver DWI
  • Underage DWI
  • Open container and driving after consuming
  • Aggravated DWI
  • DWI in which there is an injury
  • DWI with a child in the vehicle

Many people are not aware that your driver's license is NOT an individual right, it is a driving privilege. When you accept your license you are accepting certain terms and conditions for driving on the road of this state, including consenting to submission to impaired driving screening tests such as a Breathalyzer.

One of the provisions of the privilege to drive in a state, is your consent to submit to testing if suspected of driving under the influence. This is why a driving while impaired offense is referred to as an implied consent offense. If the screenings conducted demonstrate that you had blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit, your license will be revoked civilly for thirty days, even before your guilt or innocence is determined in criminal Court.

However, if you refuse to submit to this screening test, your license will be automatically revoked for six months as part of the civil revocation for the implied consent provisions. It is important to immediately contact an attorney regarding your driving privileges following an arrest.

DWI/DUI does not just apply to alcohol. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of any intoxicating substance, even if it is prescribed, can result in you being charged with DUI.

Complete Traffic Defense Services

We also defend against other serious traffic violations: Breathalyzer refusal, reckless driving, improper lane usage, no proof of insurance and failure to obey traffic signals. Our firm offers professional services and has the resources to help with expungement and expunction of DWI arrest and conviction records, which can be a vital part of the process as you rebuild your life after a DWI.

Our lawyers also assist with such related problems as license suspension and revocation, continuous alcohol monitoring (CAM), habitual offender designation, traffic tickets (including speeding), bench warrants, and the expungement of arrest and conviction records.

When you need effective representation, call the Asheville drunk driving defense lawyers at Bull & Reinhardt PLLC at 828-348-8053 or contact us online.