You’ve done the unthinkable: You got behind the wheel after having too many drinks.
And then the unthinkable happens: A cop sees you, pulls you over and charges you
with a DWI. Your car is towed, your license gets taken and now you have to deal with
fines, paperwork and the whole issue of how you’re supposed to get back and forth to
work with no license.
Now what do you do?
It may seem like a good idea to put this off because getting a DWI is not exactly one of
your proudest moments, but the truth is, it is best to do what you need to do in order to
clear your record, take care of your DWI, and get your license back as soon as
possible. Here’s why:
1. Driving Without A License Is Illegal
With most DWI charges, your license will be revoked for a period of time. In the state of
North Carolina, it is illegal to drive with no driver’s license. This means you’ll need to
find other transportation for running errands and getting to and from work. And if you
have to take a taxi or public transportation, those costs can add up.
2. If You Complete an Assessment, You May Qualify To Get Your
License Back Sooner
Depending on how bad your case is – whether this is your second or third offense, or
how far your blood alcohol content was over the limit (.08) – you may qualify to get
limited driving privilege after just 10 days of the DWI charge provided you complete a
DWI assessment. Your attorney can help you determine if you meet these
qualifications, however, it is safe to say that the sooner you get your assessment
completed the sooner you have the opportunity to get your driving privileges reinstated.
3. Missing Classes Will Cost You More Money
Have you been ordered to take ADETS or substance abuse treatment classes? Did you
know if you do not begin your classes within 6 months of your assessment, you will
have to pay another fee to start the process all over again? We have seen several
people wish they had just made the time to take care of their DWI in the beginning. Now
they have to pay more money in fees and their insurance rates are through the roof.
Don’t let this happen to you.
These are just a few issues that can make a simple DWI issue turn into something more
costly in the long run. These are also reasons you don’t want to wait to schedule your
DWI assessment and classes so you can get them done – sooner, not later.