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Facing DWI Charges in Kinston, NC?

If you have been charged with a DWI in Kinston, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced DWI lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options. At Strickland Agner Pittman, our team of criminal defense attorneys has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide you with the best defense possible.

We have years of experience handling DWI cases in Kinston and throughout North Carolina. Our firm understands the complexities of DWI law and the potential consequences of a DWI conviction. With our help, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Call (919) 893-0090 or complete our online contact form today to request a confidential case review.

North Carolina DWI Laws

In North Carolina, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% for adult drivers (21 years and older) and 0.04% for commercial drivers (CDL holders). For drivers under 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in their system is illegal.

Additionally, North Carolina has an implied consent law, which means that drivers are required to submit to a chemical test (usually a breath or blood test) if law enforcement suspects them of driving under the influence. Refusal to take the test can result in automatic license suspension.

The penalties for a DWI conviction in North Carolina may include:

  • Level 5 DWI:
    • Fine of up to $200
    • Minimum 24 hours to a maximum of 60 days in jail
    • 30 days of license suspension
  • Level 4 DWI:
    • Fine of up to $500
    • Minimum 48 hours to a maximum of 120 days in jail
    • 60 days of license suspension
  • Level 3 DWI:
    • Fine of up to $1,000
    • Minimum 72 hours to a maximum of six months in jail
    • 90 days of license suspension
  • Level 2 DWI:
    • Fine of up to $2,000
    • Minimum seven days to a maximum of one year in jail
    • One year of license suspension
  • Aggravated Level 1 DWI:
    • Fine of up to $10,000
    • Minimum 12 months to a maximum of 36 months in jail
    • Permanent license revocation

In addition to the above penalties, those convicted of DWI may face other consequences, such as mandatory alcohol assessment and treatment, community service, probation, and the installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

In some cases, DWI can be charged as a felony, such as when there are multiple prior convictions or when serious injury or death occurs as a result of impaired driving. Felony DWI convictions carry more severe penalties.

Why Choose Us?

When you work with Strickland Agner Pittman, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and determine the best strategy for your defense. Our Kinston DWI lawyers will carefully review the evidence against you, including breathalyzer and blood test results, police reports, and witness statements, to identify any flaws in the prosecution's case. We will also explore all possible defenses to your DWI charge, such as challenging the legality of the traffic stop or arrest and questioning the accuracy of the breathalyzer or blood test results.

Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case, whether that means having your charges reduced or dismissed, negotiating a plea bargain, or taking your case to trial. We will be by your side every step of the way, providing you with the support and guidance you need to make informed decisions about your case.

If you are facing a DWI charge in Kinston, don't wait to seek legal help. Contact Strickland Agner Pittman today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced DWI lawyers. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of legal representation and helping you protect your rights and your future.



  • Will my case go to trial?

    Not all criminal cases go to trial. In fact, many are resolved through plea deals or even dismissed by the prosecutor. A defense attorney can better help you figure out the course of your case if it can be resolved in a plea deal or does have to go to court.

  • What should I say to the police?

    Nothing! While it’s important to cooperate with the police (such as taking a required urine or breath test at a DWI stop), you should not say anything to the police, because they might use your own words to incriminate you later if you confess. Before speaking to the police, first consult your lawyer about what you should and should not say.

  • Should I use my Miranda Rights if I'm arrested?

    Yes. You should always exercise your right to remain silent, because law enforcement may ask incriminating questions to use your own words against you.

  • Do I need an attorney if I am innocent?
    It is always a good idea to hire an attorney to resolve your case, especially if you are innocent. The stakes are much higher when you have been wrongfully accused, and only an experienced and skilled defense lawyer will know how to get you out of your wrongful charge and gather the evidence to prove it. After all, no one wants to be sitting in jail for something they didn’t do, and our firm is particularly passionate about achieving justice for the innocent.
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