Durham, NC asked in DUI / DWI for North Carolina

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?

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

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

Bill Powers
Bill Powers
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: GOOD QUESTION

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.

Good luck!

Bill Powers

Charlotte DWI Defense Attorney

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