DWI Is Serious!
DWI is one of the most common criminal offenses among teachers. People sometimes think DWIs are small-time offenses that don’t matter. In reality, a DWI charge can have negative consequences for your teaching career. If you have been charged with a DWI, you should seek advice from a lawyer immediately.
What Is DWI?
DWI means Driving While Impaired in North Carolina. It is a misdemeanor ranging from levels 1 to 5. For a Level 5 offense, you can face a $200 fine and up to 60 days in jail. A Level 1 can get you up to two years in jail, and a fine of $4000! The minimum jail sentence for a Level 1 DWI is 30 days, and it cannot be suspended.
If you have 3 DWI charges in the last 7 years, an additional DWI will be a felony. This carries a minimum jail sentence of one year. If you refuse a breathalyzer test or the test shows more than 0.08%, your driver’s license will be suspended. If you are a teacher, this will immediately impact your ability to get to and from work.
What Will Happen To My Career?
A first offense will likely have lesser consequences than a second, third, or fourth DWI. The nature of the offense matters, too. A DWI that occurs at a school event can have a greater impact on a teacher’s career and teaching license.
A teacher who is charged with a crime can be subject to an investigation by the North Carolina State Board of Education. An investigation could result in your teaching license being suspended or revoked. In less serious cases, a teacher can be disciplined in other ways.
Can A DWI Get Dismissed?
A DWI can get dismissed under the right circumstances. For the best chance of getting yours dismissed, you need an experienced attorney. No matter the situation surrounding your DWI case, call a lawyer with experience defending teachers and their licenses.
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Brandon double-majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Throughout his career, Brandon has received numerous awards and recognition from his peers and agencies that rate attorneys. A few of these awards are from The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015, Super Lawyers: Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019, and North Carolina Business Magazine: Legal Elite in 2019, among others.