What happens if someone gets a DWI in North Carolina?

  • Police arrest after breathalyzer and/or field sobriety test or refusal or blood work.
  • You and/or your lawyer will appear in court for your hearing process and adjudication.
  • You may be ordered to pay court fine, community services, jail time, complete inpatient treatment and completes other sentences including alcohol and drug assessment if found guilty.
  • Your driving license will be temporary revoked on refusal or may be suspended for not less than a year after your conviction.
  • You are required not drive while license is suspended or revoke. Drinking alcohol or using drug may put your case in jeopardy and put you at risk of re-arrest even if you have a license to drive with a BAC of less than .4.
  • Complete substance abuse (alcohol and drug assessment by a licensed DWI/DUI DWI/DUI Provider such as us. For complete list go to http://www.ncdmh.net/DWI/DUI Providerlist/CountyList.aspx and look for Mecklenburg county or your county
  • Follow up with the recommendation of your assessment usually Educational Classes or Treatment Services based on your alcohol use history and needs for assistance. In most state a minimum of 16 hours of class is required if you are found guilty of DWI. If your case is dismissed in court you may or may not be required by court to complete education or treatment.
  • Assessment recommendations are good for 6 months from the assessment date a new assessment and assessment fee will be required. Or a new assessment is required to resolve that DWI. Assessment or update assessment with recommendation is required if there is a new DWI or any other alcohol drug charge during the course of treatment.
  • Your treatment providing DWI/DUI Provider has authority to revise your recommendation if you continue to have problems in treatment. You have right to get re-assessment from another DWI/DUI Provider or participate in treatment with another licensed DWI/DUI Provider if you are not satisfied with your current DWI/DUI Provider. Your new DWI/DUI Provider may be required to pay a new assessment or treatment fee.  Please know that all fees paid any of the DWI/DUI Provider agencies may not be refundable or transferable.
  • Upon completion of your education classes and/or Treatment, your completion certificate is send to DMV only if you have met all treatment requirements including full payment of fees.
  • All treatment fees vary from DWI/DUI Provider to DWI/DUI Provider. All agencies set their fees. Some are cheaper than others based on things like their location, etc.
  • You may be required by law to have ignition interlock or electronic ankle monitor for a year during your suspension if you blood alcohol is .15 or above or if court ordered.