Welcome to MeckDWI.com. Here, we give you quick information about Charlotte DUI and why you should hire our firm. First, DWI or DUI is essentially the same thing. In North Carolina, the State must prove you drove in Mecklenburg County while impaired (DWI). Next, we explain what you are facing and how we defend cases. And finally, we tell you what it is going to cost. We are a local attorneys that focus our NC criminal practice on Charlotte DUI arrests.
Of course, this summary is just a brief outline of North Carolina DWI law. For more detailed answers, call us to discuss your particular situation. You can reach Robert J. Reeves directly at 704-351-7979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Aaron Lee at 704-960-9097 or email email@example.com.
What You Are Facing
If found guilty of DWI, you lose your license for one (1) year and have a permanent criminal record. No expungement. In addition, you have to complete a substance abuse assessment and all recommended treatment. Also, you must perform community service (24-72 hours) and pay court costs and fines. If you refuse breath testing or your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.15 or greater, ignition interlock is required. And there are additional restrictions on getting a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP). For refusal, there is a 6 month delay for a LDP. If BAC 0.15 or higher, a 45 day delay for LDP. In the most serious cases, you can face possible mandatory time in jail or even prison.
How We Defend Cases
First, we interview arresting officers and read their final written reports. We look for inconsistencies. Next, we examine test results and check for mistakes. Then, we watch all video evidence (both car and the new body cameras). Initially, we look for legal errors. But we also consider how you actually appear to potential jurors. In our experience, this aspect is critical. Regardless of the reported BAC, how you look and sound can make a real difference. Finally, after evaluating the State’s evidence, we sit down with you and go over your case in full.
At our meeting, we explain the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence. And we make our recommendations on possible options. After considering our advice, you decide what is best for you. If you want a trial, we prepare for court. However, if you decide a plea is better, we get your case ready for the judge. In the end, it is always your choice. You know what is best for you and your family. Our Charlotte DUI lawyers always remember that we work for you.
What It is Going to Cost
For a first time Charlotte DUI arrest, our firm charges a flat rate attorney fee of $4,500.00. But if there is an accident or injury, the attorney fee can increase. So what do you get for your money? Well, we represent you from start to finish in District Court. Trial, motion, or plea, the fee stays the same. Of course, any court costs or fines is separate from our fee. And we offer a payment plan for those individuals who need time to pay. Finally, we accept personal checks and credit cards. Whatever is easiest for you.
Personally Available to Clients
Both Mr. Reeves and Mr. Lee are personally available to you even after regular business hours. Consequently, every client has our mobile phone number and direct email address. We know facing a Charlotte DUI charge is stressful. But we also know a few minutes on the phone will help calm your anxiety. And frankly, we expect the same courtesy when we hire people. With smartphones and email, there is no excuse. If your lawyer won’t return your call, you should call another attorney.
Charlotte DUI Lawyers
Robert J. Reeves
Charlotte DUI defense attorney Robert J. Reeves is a veteran trial lawyer. Consequently, he has litigated criminal and civil cases for over 28 years. Also, he is licensed in both North Carolina (1996) and South Carolina (1989). In addition, he has completed police training in DWI investigation, ARIDE, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. And Mr. Reeves is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and National College for DUI Defense. As a seasoned litigator, he is not afraid to fight in court before a jury.
Aaron R. Lee
Charlotte DUI defense lawyer Aaron R. Lee works with Mr. Reeves in both DWI cases and DMV licensing matters. Mr. Lee has handled thousands of traffic matters and uses that extensive experience in dealing with the DMV. Because you need your license, this is always our top priority. In addition, Mr. Lee also gives our clients his mobile phone number and direct email address. So when you need answers, he will be there to help.
Mr. Lee is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and the Charlotte School of Law. After graduation, he has worked very hard to build his reputation and credentials. Consequently, he is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and the National College for DUI Defense. As a result of his commitment to clients, Mr. Lee will work tirelessly on your case and be there for you every step of the way.
License Revocation Options
When arrested, the officer takes your driver’s license. And your driving privileges are suspended for 30 days. Consequently, one of your immediate concerns is getting back on the road. Although there are several options, the most popular is filing a civil revocation challenge. Rather than a LDP, your license is restored in full within a few days. More importantly, there are no restrictions and no additional costs by the State. Alternatively, a LDP is available after 10 days. But, you must get a substance abuse assessment, Form DL-123, and pay $100.
Don’t Give Up Before We Begin
Many people who get a DWI often feel “all is lost” even before the process begins. They fear nothing can be done to help. Don’t despair. First, we review your case from top to bottom looking for legal error. If we find it, we make motions with the court. But even if you plead guilty, we prepare your case to mitigate any final penalty you face. In most situations, there are ways to improve your overall position. And how we present your case in front of a judge can make a real difference. Call us now.
Why You Should Fight a DWI
Is the legal fee worth the cost? Absolutely. If convicted, you pay fines, court costs, and for substance abuse treatment. In addition, you can expect substantial increases in your automobile liability insurance premiums. Depending on your age and driving history, some clients have reported rate increases of over 300%. Others tell us their carriers dropped them altogether. Furthermore, a DWI conviction or plea is a permanent criminal record. This record makes it difficult, in not impossible, to secure certain types of jobs.
*Membership in professional organizations shows our commitment to DWI defense. We focus our North Carolina criminal practice on DWI cases. Because each case is different, we make our recommendations only after a thorough review of all evidence.