DWI

DWI Lawyer – The Triangle

Are you worried about the impact a DWI charge (sometimes called DUI in other states) will have on you or a family member? Convictions on drunk driving charges can carry significant consequences, including time in jail, heavy fines, and loss of driving privileges. At the Law Office of Barry T. Winston in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, we provide experienced DWI defense. We strive to minimize the consequences a drunk driving charge can have on your life.

By law, you are only required to show proof of identification if you are stopped while operating a motor vehicle. If you are not operating a motor vehicle and an officer asks you to provide proof of identification, you are not required to do so. If you are arrested, you can take legal action against the police for violating your rights.

Do you need to speak with a lawyer regarding a DWI charge? Do you have concerns about other alcohol-related offenses such as underage drinking, open container, or possession of an illegal ID? Contact Attorney Barry T. Winston today to arrange your free consultation. Attorney Winston can begin to explain your rights and discuss the options available to you.

Remember, you are under no obligation to give any information to law enforcement officials. You have the constitutional right to remain silent and to seek legal help.

Experienced DWI (DUI) Defense

Clients are often immediately worried about losing their driving privileges and an increase in their car insurance premiums. A significant number of clients are often also concerned about losing their jobs. Attorney Winston will carefully listen to your side of the story to gain a full understanding of what happened at the traffic stop. He is experienced in analyzing evidence in drunk driving cases, including breath tests and blood alcohol tests. He is skilled at uncovering inconsistencies in police reports and challenging the prosecution at every turn. Our firm makes every effort to minimize the impact a DWI (DUI) charge has on your driving privileges and your future.

Ignition Interlock Devices and DWI Convictions

Even if this is your first time being arrested for drunk driving, you may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on your car. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that attaches to your car. In order to start your vehicle, you must blow into the device. If you have been consuming alcohol the car will not start. In some instances, drivers may be required to blow into the ignition interlock from time to time as they are driving. If you are ordered to install an ignition interlock device, you must pay for the initial installation and a monthly fee as well for upkeep and maintenance.

DWI and Probation

If convicted for DWI in the state of North Carolina, you will be placed on probation. A second arrest for DWI within seven years is extremely serious and as a result, you will be sent to jail if convicted. At the Law Office of Barry T. Winston, we defend repeat offenders and those arrested on felony DWI charges. Depending on the specifics of your case, Mr. Winston may be able to have the charges or sentence against you reduced. If you participate in alcohol counseling and can prove to the court that you are ready to get help, you may be eligible for a limited driving privilege that allows you to drive to and from work.

Alcohol-Related Offenses

If you are a college student or the parent of a college student who has encountered some trouble related to underage drinking or possession of a fake ID, we can help. The penalties for these crimes can be severe and result in the loss of the defendant’s driver’s license — even if your child was not driving at the time.

Contact the Law Offices of Barry T. Winston today to learn how we can help.