You have a few too many, or maybe just one too many, and find yourself charged and convicted of DWI after deciding to drive home. It’s your first offense, how bad can it be? For many, a first offense in North Carolina includes steep fines and a suspended license. Getting your license back is possible, but there are hoops to jump through. Miss a hoop and you’ll be begging friends and family for a ride.
The first step in getting your license back is to complete a Substance Abuse Assessment. Your assessment must be completed by a certified or qualified professional. The person will meet with you and test you, providing you with paperwork once the assessment is complete. Those papers must be delivered to the court personally.
Once the assessment has been completed, your tester will recommend treatment, an education program, or both. You must follow the instructions of your assessor in order to comply with the rules of the court.
You should note that if you fail to submit to a breath test or if you register higher than 0.14% on your breath test, you will be referred to treatment.
The provider of your treatment or education program is required to provide you with a list of all licensed providers in the area. If there is a provider closer to you, your case may be transferred at no cost to you.
When you complete your education or treatment program, you will be instructed on how to obtain your driver’s license. Follow the instructions that you are given to letter to be sure that no issues arise during the process.
Getting your license reinstated is not free. You will also need to pay all of your required court costs, fees and fines prior to being able to have your license reinstated.
Seeking Legal Assistance
If you have not done so already, seeking the assistance of a legal professional can be helpful as you navigate the process of having your license reinstated. The experienced DWI attorneys at Auger & Auger can help you along the way.
We always suggest hiring an attorney before you appear in court for your DWI. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better the outcome of your case. Do not hesitate to call us if you have been charged with or convicted of a DWI. We are here to help, and first consultations are always free. Call now!