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Driving While Impaired (DWI, DUI)

Whole books have been written about driving while impaired (also known as DWI or DUI).  I will be brief here and say that if you are found guilty (or plead guilty) you could face anything from a fine, court costs and community service all the way to two or more years in prison, depending on your circumstances.

If you retain me, my job is two-fold. First, I will interview you and look at other evidence to see what might be your chances of being acquitted.  Second, I will help you prepare for the sentencing hearing, where a judge decides whether you get a relatively minor penalty or something more serious. There are things we can do ahead of time to increase the chances that you will get a less serious penalty.

Please give me a call at 919-683-2175 to discuss your pending DWI and to get answers to questions you may have.  I am here to help.

Lawyers and Orange and Chatham County Cases

I handle traffic cases in Durham, Granville, Wake, Orange and Chatham Counties.  In Durham, Granville, and Wake, I can go to court for you on your court date and most likely take care of it that day. They do things a little different in Orange and Chatham Counties.  In Orange and Chatham Counties, which are part of the same judicial district (District 15B), they do all the minor traffic cases in which the defendants have lawyers on an administrative day, also called “lawyer’s day.”  That’s the third Wednesday of every month in Orange, and the second Thursday of every month in Chatham.

This is the process in Orange County:  After being retained, your lawyer goes to the Clerk of Court and asks them to  place the case on an upcoming lawyer’s day.

This is the way they do it in Chatham County:  Traffic court is the 1st Thursday of every month.  Folks who don’t have lawyers can show up then and resolve their cases on their own.  The left-over cases, which would include cases in which the defendants have hired lawyers, are automatically continued over to the next Thursday — lawyer’s day — when lawyers show up and take care of the cases for which they have been retained.

So, if you retain me (or any other lawyer) for a minor traffic case in Orange or Chatham County, we will not resolve your case on the court date printed on the ticket.  Rather, we will resolve it on lawyer’s day.