Criminal Defense Attorney: Sylva, North Carolina

1601 East Main St., 
Sylva, NC 28779

Phone: 828-354-4300
Fax: 828-354-4299

Driving While Impaired

All 50 states currently have .08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for non-commercial drivers. If you operate a vehicle with a BAC level of .08% or greater, you can be charged with driving while impaired (DWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI). For commercially licensed drivers, the legal limit is considerably lower at .04% BAC. For drivers under the age of 21, any alcohol concentration can lead to a charge of DWI.

North Carolina DWI laws and sentencing structures are some of the most complicated and severe in the country. Law enforcement and prosecutors relentlessly seek and prosecute intoxicated drivers on North Carolina highways. As a result, arrests for DWI in W.N.C . are common amongst individuals of all walks of life. If you or a loved one is charged with DWI/DUI it is in your best interest that you contact a lawyer experienced in DWI defense immediately. Nathan is very experienced in DUI law and has tried hundreds of DUI cases during his career.  He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, assuring that he is up to date on all the latest trends, case law and trial techniques that allows for Nathan’s cases to benefit from the best possible outcome in their cases.   DUI law is complex with Constitutional Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues often present.   Many cases involve the imperfect “science” blood testing for various types of controlled substance.  Nathan has completed multiple classes taught by the same individuals that have trained law enforcement officers on how to conduct a DUI investigation.  This training and his extensive trial experience allow Nathan to dissect the State’s case against you with surgeon’s precision.  An experienced attorney who understands the science, the law and the officers training can be the difference between guilty and not guilty.  Nathan does not charge for a consult in DUI cases.  Give him a call and speak with him about your case today.

Things to keep in mind if you find yourself charged with DWI:

DWI is not just alcohol impairment, but the charge is inclusive of many impairing substances, including both prescription and illicit drugs.

If North Carolina asserts that you “refused” a chemical analysis, then a mandatory one-year license suspension applies. Refusals are appealable at DMV refusal hearing.  However, you must elect to do this very early in the process.

Under certain aggravating circumstances, the court may impose a sentence of three years in prison.

Fines, court costs, increased insurance premiums, and other associated fees can add up quickly and likely reach into thousands of dollars.

Each year, Nathan represents individuals from all walks of life, professions, and ages that stand accused of DWI/DUI. Nathan understands that this process can be embarrassing both socially and professionally. Drawing on our vast experience, our attorneys will carefully explain the sentencing guidelines and discuss potential aggravating/mitigating evidence in your case. If eligible, we will promptly secure and reinstate your driving privileges, this can include pretrial privileges. If the case is one in which a defense can be raised, then we will file the appropriate motions and prepare for trial. At trial, we will professionally and aggressively assert your rights.

Our DWI Services Include:

Developing a personalized plan of action

Obtaining/reinstating driver’s licenses and privileges

Advising clients and their loved ones on navigating the complex non-criminal consequences of DWI

Introducing clients to valuable community resources, including counseling services, alcohol assessors, inpatient substance abuse programs, outpatient substance abuse programs, ignition interlock providers, community services opportunities, and insurance providers.

Call soon, if you are currently suspended as a result of a recent DUI charge, you may be eligible for a Pre-trial privilege.