The penalties for driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws vary state-by-state, and North Carolina is one of the toughest on offenders.
So what is a DWI? It is driving under the influence of an impairing substance like alcohol over .08% blood alcohol concentration, marijuana, or amphetamines. If there is a controlled substance found in your blood or urine, it is also a DWI.
5 Levels of DWI in NC
The five levels of DWI are based on the event in question, previous convictions, and more. Each one carries its own set of fees and punishments. A first time DWI could have between $200 and $4,000 dollars of criminal fines attached.
Not only are fines likely, but you could join the ever-growing prison population.
Level five is the lowest level of DUI in North Carolina. It consists of fines up to $200. There is also possible jail time, community service, and license revocation.
Level four is the second-lowest level of DWI in NC and can have fines up to $500. This level carries potentially more prison time, community service, and revoking of license.
Level three is when it gets a bit costly. Level III DWI has fines up to $1,000, up to 6 months in prison, and license revocation.
Level two carries fines up to $2,000, and up to a year in prison.
Level one is the most severe with fines up to $4,000 and 30 days to two years in prison.
Alcohol Education Courses and Court Costs
After a DWI, you may be required by law to take an alcohol or another substance-abuse related education course. The state will very likely not pay for this, so it is out of your pocket.
This can cost you about $250. If you’re on probation, you’ll have to pay for the state to drug test you for substances.
Court costs are up to $200 and you’ll be liable if found guilty.
Losing Your License
The cost of transporting yourself while you don’t have a license is just a part of it…
Did you know that you have to pay for your license to be taken away? And then given back? All of this will run you $200-$300.
Long-term Lifestyle Costs
There are concrete costs associated with getting a DWI like fines and license revocation, but a DWI will also make it harder to earn money.
For one, it is harder to get a good-paying job with a DWI on record, let alone repeated DWIs. Certain jobs are off the table, like commercial driving.
Another big cost for a DWI is your increase in premiums after your incident! You’ll notice a huge percent increase, up to 400%.
Got a DWI in North Carolina?
Did you get a DWI in NC? If you’re in the Greenville area, contact A Be Out Bail Bonding.
We care about what happens to you, and we will work together to combat the DWI and the costs accompanying it.