Raleigh DWI Lawyer
If you’re in need of a Raleigh DWI Lawyer, you need to take your case seriously by retaining legal counsel with experience and confidence. If you have been charged with DWI in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Wendell, Zebulon, Willow Springs, Rolesville, Morrisville, Garner, Holly Springs, Chris knows just how scary it can be for you and your family. He understands that the court process is daunting and can be very time consuming and understand that you need someone with experience to guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected.
Being charged with DWI in North Carolina can affect almost every aspect of your life from your driver’s license, job, bank account (court costs & fines) and could result in jail time if you are not adequately represented by a DWI lawyer with courtroom experience.
Investigating Your Case
Chris Dozier is a practicing Raleigh DWI Lawyer with nearly ten years of experience in both criminal and civil courts in North Carolina. While an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County from 2010 – 2014, Chris spent nearly two years as a special prosecutor assigned to investigating and handling cases in a special setting District Court courtroom. During that time, Chris focused his criminal practice in all aspects of an impaired driving offense and tried 1,000’s of cases and pre-trial motions specifically as a DWI Lawyer in Raleigh before a District Court Judge. Next, Chris continued to focus on DWI cases that were appealed for a jury trial in Wake County Superior Court and furthered his understanding and knowledge of these cases, trying dozens of cases before a jury and arguing dozens of pre-trial motions before a Superior Court Judge.
When Dozier Law Firm, PLLC acts as your Raleigh DWI Lawyer, we will examine all of the facts and issues that exist. After a thorough look at all aspects of your case, we will properly advise and guide you through the process, filing any motions that may be necessary to best protect your rights. We will be there for you at each court date and will help answer your questions in between your court appearances. There’s no need to make the process any more complicated than it is, so retain counsel early enough to be aware of your rights and responsibilities.
The State’s Burden of Proof
North Carolina has a very strict policy on impaired driving and has entire police divisions created solely for the enforcement of this law. The State of North Carolina has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a DWI case and it is important that they are held to this standard. The State must prove to the Court three (3) things: (1) That you were the operator or driver of a vehicle, (2) that you were driving/operating a vehicle on a public street, highway or public vehicular area, and (3) you were subject to an impairing substance at a relevant time after or during the driving/operation. The third part that the State must prove can be shown to the court in two (2) different ways: (1) BAC of 0.08 or greater, or (2) appreciable impairment.
Many people charged with their first DWI do not even realize that it is not necessary for the State to submit an actual breath or blood result to the judge or jury for the State to obtain a conviction against someone being charged.
The State has multiple resources available for them to obtain a sample of your blood and/or breath and even over your objection can and most likely will do so. If the State is unable to obtain a sample of your blood or breath, the State will likely proceed to trial on the “appreciable impairment” prong of the DWI statue. By doing so, the State is required to prove to the Court beyond a reasonable doubt that the impairing substance (alcohol or drugs) noticeably or measurably affected your mental and/or physical facilities.
The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights against unfair treatment in legal processes, protects you from being forced to incriminate yourself. This privilege allows you the constitutional right to refuse to answer questions or otherwise give testimony against yourself. If you have been accused, this offense could drastically alter your future.
Contact or call (919) 443-0911 for a consultation with a Raleigh DWI Lawyer that will protect your rights. You can also visit our resource center for helpful information including topics like your rights as they relate to a DWI arrest, Understanding Limited Driving Privileges after an Impaired Driving (DWI/DUI) Conviction in NC, Traffic Stops: How long is too long?, DWI punishment levels in NC, Pre-trial Drivers License Revocation and Limited Driving Privilege, Driving After Consuming Under the Age of 21 (Underage DWI), What is Appreciable Impairment and Why Does it Matter?, Should I Refuse the Breath Test?, Impaired Driver Stop: Weaving and Swerving, Understanding DWI Breath Tests in Wake County, and 5 Quick Things to Know if Charged with a DWI. You can also view our most recent DWI Case Outcomes.