What to Do First

What to do right away?

Call our office at (910) 254-0400 so that we can set up a FREE CONSULTATION. To contact our office to schedule your appointment right away, please fill out this form.

Time is of the essence. It is vital to your case that you contact our office as soon as possible. Once arrested for a DWI your license is revoked in the state of North Carolina. You have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a Civil Revocation Hearing to regain your driving privileges.

If your case is past the ten day mark, you are still eligible for a Pretrial Limited Driving Privilege. However, there are requirements to do so. You must first complete an alcohol assessment and have a DL-123 form (proof of insurance) from your insurance company. This pretrial limited driving privilege is valid for 20 days. Thirty days after the date of the offense, you can pay $100.00 dollars to the criminal clerk’s office and receive your plastic license back.

Timing is also crucial concerning any statements you made to the officer, statements the officer made to you, what you ate and had to drink that day. Write down if you were taking any prescribed medications. Be sure to do this right away, because the case will be tried several months later and this information may be valuable help your case. If you fill out the CLIENT INTERVIEW FORM all of these issues will be addressed.

When you meet, Mr. McGee will ask extensive questions about your medical history that could have an effect on your performance on the intoxilyzer and on the standard field sobriety tests. It is in your best interest to meet with the attorney as quickly as possible to discuss these matters and review y our pending case.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, DWI, DUI or traffic violations in New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender NC counties, call the McGee Law Firm today at (910) 254-0400.

Pulled Over? What to do…

Be Polite. Produce requested Documents. Do not answer any questions other than your name and address. Politely decline to do field sobriety tests. Decline to take handheld breath test on side of the road. If arrested, consent to blood or breath test at station. Failure to do so will result in revocation of driving privileges for one year. Do not apologize or admit to anything, being nervous is expected, but what you say may be incriminating to you or taken out of context by the officer.

Did you know?

  • A DWI Conviction can raise your insurance rates up to 400%! Click here to learn updated information about NC driver’s license points, NC traffic tickets and NC insurance rates.
  • You automatically have the right to a jury trial.
  • The District Attorney may be lacking evidence or witnesses to prove your case and may have evidence to prove your innocence.  The arresting officer’s statements may be discredited due to inconsistency. He must follow these guidelines in order for the roadside tests to be valid:
    • Reasonable suspicion that you violated a motor vehicle violation
    • Probable cause to arrest you and
    • Consent before he administers the roadside tests
    • Reads you your Miranda Rights
  • You do not necessarily have to lose your license for a year. If you are a first time offender over the age of 21 you should be eligible for a limited driving privilege upon conviction.
  • If a Blood Alcohol Content of .15 or higher is registered there will be 45 day suspension post conviction. An interlock system will need to be installed before a limited driving privilege can be issued.

Attention NC Boaters

North Carolina Law requires all boaters approaching within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel displaying flashing blue lights to slow down to a no-wake speed and use caution in passing. If you are in a narrow channel, the distance becomes 50 feet of a law enforcement vessel. All violators are subject to fines up to $250, along with the set court costs. This ‘move over’ law is similar to that which is applied on highways, requiring motorists to move into a lane away from law enforcement or emergency vehicles.

Effective May 10, 2010, all powerboat operators under the age of 26 must complete and show proof of a boating safety education course.