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DWI Convictions No Longer Eligible for Expunction Effective December 1, 2015

Effective December 1, 2015, DWI convictions will no longer be eligible for expunction in North Carolina. This applies to any new petitions as well as those petitions which are still pending as of December 1. Dismissed or not guilty DWI charges will still be eligible for expunction pursuant to 15A-146. This is the result of … Read More

DWI Stops and the Use of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (“SFSTs”) are used in North Carolina to help determine whether a suspected driver is actually impaired. SFSTs, along with other preliminary factors, will be used to determine whether probable cause for impairment exists. Upon determination of probable cause for impairment, the officer should issue a preliminary breath test to determine whether … Read More

The Effects of Grossly Aggravating Factors on DWI Punishments

North Carolina has special sentencing requirements for Driving While Impaired convictions unique from the sentencing of all other criminal convictions within the state. Perhaps the most unique and potentially the most severe of these DWI sentencing requirements occurs when certain “Grossly Aggravating Factors” are present. These statutorily created factors appear in North Carolina General Statute … Read More