Experienced Legal Defense For Felony Drunk Driving Charges

If you are facing drunk driving charges and have a prior DWI conviction on your record, the stakes are enormous. You could face felony charges, depending on the circumstances, and risk losing your driver's license.

At Messer Law Firm, we know how to fight serious DWI charges for clients from Asheville, Hendersonville, Buncombe County and throughout western North Carolina. With more than 20 years of criminal law experience, board-certified attorney Al Messer is prepared to defend your rights, your freedom and your driving privileges.

Multiple/Habitual Offender DWI Penalties

While the punishments for a first-time DWI offense are harsh, they are that much harsher if you face second or subsequent charges.

FineJail/prisonDriver's license
Second offenseUp to $1,000

Seven-12 months

Mandatory revocation of four years if convicted within three years of first offense
Third offenseUp to $2,00014 days-24 monthsMandatory permanent revocation if one of the prior convictions occurred within the last five years
Fourth offenseUp to $4,000One-three yearsMandatory permanent revocation

Aggravated Level One DWI

Recent changes in North Carolina DWI laws have made punishments for certain offenders much harsher. Under the new statute, called "Laura's Law," a person who is convicted of DWI and has three or more grossly aggravating factors is charged with an Aggravated Level One DWI.

Aggravated Level One punishments include up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Those convicted also face other post-release restrictions, including complete abstinence from alcohol consumption.

Reach Out To Our Firm Today

If you face multiple drunk driving charges in Buncombe County or a surrounding area in western North Carolina, we invite you to consult with a skilled DWI defense lawyer from our office as soon as possible.

Call 828-398-0823 to schedule a free consultation. You can also send us an email.