When you are charged with a crime in North Carolina, you are innocent until proven guilty as provided by the Constitution. Though the charge of DWI is no different, the state of North Carolina is legally allowed to revoke the driver’s license of a person charged with a crime prior to his or her conviction. These instances include:
- When a driver charged with a DWI registers a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or above reading on a chemical test
- When the driver of a commercial vehicle registers a .04 BAC or above on a chemical test;
- When a driver under the age of twenty-one registers a .01 BAC or above reading on a chemical test; or
- When a driver charged with DWI refuses to submit to an implied consent offense test.
Typically, upon being charged with an offense where a pretrial revocation occurs, the person’s driver’s license is suspended for 30 days. A criminal defense attorney can help you get your license back after the 30 day suspension period. In some cases, a criminal defense attorney can help you get your license back earlier. If you have lost your license due to a civil revocation, it is best to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.