Being charged with a crime is devastating and potentially life-altering. At my firm, Richard M. Durham, Attorney at Law in Raleigh, I have defended many people over the years who were charged with driving under the influence, or DUI, so I understand the challenges you are facing and know what is at stake. Whether you are looking for an aggressive advocate at the beginning of criminal proceedings, a defender in a civil claim for personal injury or wrongful death, or looking to reduce a prison sentence, I will protect your legal and constitutional rights in and out of the courtroom.
Your DUI/DWI arrest may result in two actions: one by the court system, and another by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Over the course of 35 years practicing law, I have seen nearly every type of DUI/DWI scenario. I understand how the following factors can greatly impact the outcome of your case:
I have helped many clients charged with DUI to stay out of jail and keep their driver license, and I draw upon that extensive experience when representing new clients. I also offer you a distinct advantage because of the good relationships I’ve forged over the years with judges, district attorneys, and other lawyers in the community. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony DUI, and in any stage of the legal process, I will give your case my complete attention and provide effective representation.
If you were involved in a DUI accident that caused injury or death to another person, you may be sued in a personal injury or wrongful death claim in addition to facing criminal charges. Damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit may include medical expenses, lost earnings and loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering, among others. I can represent you in both your criminal case and personal injury or wrongful death civil case. North Carolina is one of only four states and the District of Columbia whose laws follow the doctrine of contributory negligence, which bars recovery by a plaintiff in a civil case if the plaintiff is partially at fault. That doctrine may provide a defense to the claim against you.
If you are found guilty of DUI, you are likely to wonder what comes next. It’s important to know your case isn’t necessarily over with a guilty verdict or even a plea deal. If you have been convicted of a felony criminal offense in North Carolina, the judge will determine your sentence, and you will be required to serve it unless the judge, without objection from the prosecution, orders the North Carolina Department of Correction to admit you into the Advanced Supervised Release (ASR) program. This program allows eligible individuals to be released from prison before serving the minimum sentence through an early post-release supervision period. In addition to looking at potential appeals for your case, I can help you determine if you are eligible for ASR.
At Richard M. Durham, Attorney at Law in Raleigh, I have extensive experience defending people in the greater Raleigh area who have been accused of DUI. In a free consultation, I can provide a professional, experienced-based opinion, and a reasonable expectation of what you can expect. Call 919-916-2179 or contact me online for help with a DUI/DWI charge.