DUI Charges And DUI Arrest

DUI Charges And DUI Arrest,
NC Criminal Law

Too many people simply plead guilty to DWI charges without consultation with an attorney. "I can plead myself guilty" is the thought. But being charged with a DWI can have enormous consequences on every aspect of life: work, home and family. That is why you need an experienced attorney to evaluate your case and examine all possible defenses you may have to the charge.

DWI charges are different from any other type of crime or traffic offense. A person charged can be subject to time in jail even though they have never been in trouble with the legal system before and if they have never had a traffic ticket. It is important that when charged with a DWI, all facts are considered in every case to determine the best course of action in order to reduce the impact of the charge through a plea or challenge the charge at trial.

When charged with a DWI, two legal questions are important in determining how to handle your case.

  • Did the officer have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ that had crime had occurred to stop your vehicle in the first place?
  • Did the Officer have ‘probable cause’ for your DWI arrest?

The answers to these questions can be the deciding factor between a guilty plea and a not guilty plea in a court of law. Laura M. Baker will look closely at these questions, and many others, in every single case to determine the best course of action for YOU.

Even if a guilty plea is appropriate, there are approximately 30 different factors that the court will look at in a DWI or DUI case to determine the legally appropriate punishment for the DWI offense. A few of the statutory factors are, the level of alcohol involved, prior DWI convictions and the timing of those and whether there was a traffic accident or personal injury involved. Each one of these factors translates into the amount of jail time received, the number of community service hours ordered, and the total fines assessed by the Judge. It can even mean the difference between being granted a post-conviction Limited Driving Privilege to get to work or not. There is too much at stake to not seek experienced legal representation that will take an aggressive and holistic look at your case to find the best outcome for you.

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Attorney Laura M. Baker, strives to provide aggressive, compassionate and down-to-earth criminal defense representation to all of her clients. Her No. 1 priority is to advocate for your best interests and represent you to the fullest extent of the law while keeping you informed in the process. Whether it is a traffic offense, a misdemeanor, or a felony, her goal is to give you a complete understanding of all the legal implications of your matter while educating you on the possible and probable outcomes that she can provide.

Laura M. Baker has built strong relationships with Judges and District Attorneys in Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, Union and Mecklenburg Counties and works hard to ethically and professionally advocate for each and every client.