Q: Is there any kind of break for someone if they get a DUI, but they need to drive to make any kind of income?
A: Yes, it is called a limited driving privilege. However, you need to meet certain requirements to be eligible for it.
Bill Powers agrees with this answer
There isn't really a sense of "equitable relief" based on financial circumstances (and the need to work), at least regarding the ability to drive. Put simply, one is either eligible under the NC DWI laws or not eligible.
A LOT depends on the nature and circumstances of the DWI arrest.
Specifically, defense lawyers would want more information about the reading on the EC/IR II (or blood results), whether there was a Willful Refusal, whether there is a prior DWI conviction, and whether there was a valid license or suspension based on a prior DWI.
For sentencing, check out the back of the NC DWI Quick Reference Guide: https://www.slideshare.net/BillPowers3/2017-nc-dwi-quick-reference-guide-75442669
For more general information about the system, see: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/north-carolina-dwi-guide.html
Best bet is to retain legal counsel. Cole Williams in Durham is excellent. He's also a close friend and a super nice guy. You may wish to give him a call: (919) 688-2647
Please say hello if you speak to him.
Charlotte DWI Defense Attorney
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