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Will I lose my driver’s license if I get a DWI?

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2021 | DWI |

If you get a DWI in North Carolina, you will face several penalties including the revocation of your driver’s license. This is a significant setback. How will you carry out your daily tasks if you lose your driver’s license? It may seem impractical if not impossible. Therefore, it is important to understand license revocation following a DWI in North Carolina as well as how alcohol can affect your driving abilities.

For how long will I lose my license if a get a DWI?

North Carolina law states that if it your first DWI your license will be revoked for one year. If it is your second DWI your license will be revoked for four years. Finally, if it is your third or subsequent DWI your license will be permanently revoked. Given this it is essential that you avoid drunk driving and understand how alcohol affects your driving abilities.

How does alcohol affect my driving abilities?

Most people are already aware that if your blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08 or above, you can be arrested for DWI. This is because a BAC of .08 can cause poor concentration, short-term memory loss, the inability to control the speed you are driving at, a reduction in your ability to process information and the impairment of your perception.

Things get progressively worse if you have a higher BAC. If your BAC is 0.10, in addition to the above effects, you may be unable to stay in your lane or brake when needed. Finally, if your BAC is 0.15 or higher, in addition to the above effects, you may experience a substantial impairment in your ability to maintain control of your automobile. You may find it very difficult to pay attention to the task of driving. Finally, your ability to process information may be substantially impaired.

Defend your rights if you get a DWI

As you can see, alcohol can significantly affect your driving abilities making it likely that if your BAC is at or above the legal limit you will receive a DWI. A DWI can mean the loss of your driver’s license. Therefore, it is important to explore all your rights and options when developing your DWI defense.