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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense. In North Carolina (NC), it can lead to extreme consequences for those found guilty. The DUI rules and regulations in the state are pretty stringent. If you have been charged with DUI, it can have a definite impact on your professional and personal life. Expert assistance can prove invaluable, and if you find yourself in a similar situation, the Wanjohi and Muli Law Firm PLLC attorneys can help.


DUI involves operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or other drugs to a degree that impairs your ability to drive safely. Surprisingly, a significant number of traffic-related deaths in North Carolina are due to impaired driving. Other than driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or even prescription drugs, DUI also includes:

  • DWI (Driving While Intoxicated)
  • DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired)

If found guilty, there can be serious penalties including:

  • Hefty fines
  • Jail time
  • Losing your driving privileges
  • Mandatory alcohol education programs

While some people believe these are too severe, others find it necessary to encourage safe driving behaviors. Every year, countless lives are lost. Hence, the law does not take this lightly, nor should you.


In North Carolina, DUI is more commonly termed as Driving While Impaired (DWI). The state takes a strict view on this, and there is zero patience for impaired drivers. Anyone found with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher can be charged with a DWI. The threshold drops to around 0.04% for commercial drivers. Furthermore, if you are under 21, there is strictly zero tolerance, and you will certainly be in trouble.


Is DUI a misdemeanor or felony in NC? This hinges on the specifics surrounding the incident. For most first-time offenders, it is typically classified as a misdemeanor. While offenders might face penalties, those will generally be less severe than felony consequences. On the other hand, circumstances like a repeated DUI offense, especially within the last seven years, can elevate the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. You may be classified under the "Habitual DWI Offender" status. You can also expect to have a negative impact on your social standing, housing applications, employment opportunities, and other aspects of life. It is essential for anyone facing a DUI charge in North Carolina to seek competent legal representation to navigate the complexities of the laws. Besides, there are varying levels of DUI offenses, each with its own set of penalties. Understanding where your charges fall can be crucial in preparing a solid defense.


A DUI charge can be an overwhelming experience. Often, it is full of uncertainties, stress, and fear of the future. Enters Wanjohi and Muli Law Firm PLLC, so you do not have to fight this legal journey alone. Why us?

  • EXPERT GUIDANCE: A DUI charge is not just another traffic offense but a criminal one. The repercussions can range from hefty fines to jail terms. Our attorneys know the legal landscape of NC DUI laws and can guide you on the best defenses available.
  • EVIDENCE-BASED DEFENSE: We can meticulously review all evidence, including arrest reports, officer's notes, and available surveillance videos, to present the strongest possible defense on your behalf.
  • YOUR SHIELD IN COURT: The state has to establish indisputable guilt. Our role here? To contest and question, ensuring your rights are protected.

If you or a loved one are charged with a DUI in North Carolina, reach out to us immediately because there is a secure road ahead only with the right help. Our qualified DUI attorneys also represent clients in Boston, MA; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; and Dallas, TX.

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