Driving While License Revoked (DWLR)

A driver’s license is something most people in North Carolina rely on every day. We often take this privilege for granted and fail to realize just how important it is until it is taken from us. Transportation to and from work, giving rides to your children, being able to go to the doctor for a regular appointment or an emergency – these are all times when truly realize how critical your driver’s license is to your life.

Facing a criminal charge for driving on a suspended license (known as Driving While License Revoked, or a DWLR under North Carolina law) is a very frightening prospect. Not just because you face a serious criminal prosecution, but that could potentially be without the ability to drive for years. This can cause you to lose your job, and affects every aspect of your life.

We can help. Our criminal defense lawyers have handled many DWLR cases in North Carolina. We are prepared to argue in court the reasons why you may be innocent of the charges. Our goal is to defend your interests and your right to drive, as well as avoid any criminal record.

In some cases, we will challenge the legality of the stop. Or we may work hard to negotiate the charges down to a non-criminal traffic offense. Our legal strategy really depends on you. What is important to you, and in your best interests?

You can find out what we would recommend for you as part of our free criminal defense consultation.

What Can Cause You To Lose Your Driver’s License in North Carolina?

There are a variety of reasons your North Carolina driver’s license may have been suspended/revoked:

  • Accumulation of points on your driving record
  • Fraudulent use of a license
  • Excessive speeding
  • Failure to Appear
  • Child support delinquency
  • DWI
  • Court sentences
  • Failure to pay fines or court fees
  • Hit and Run

Regardless of why the court suspended your license, even if you maintain you are innocent of the original charge, you cannot drive on a revoked or suspended license.

NC Driving While License Revoked – Penalties

DWLR is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This is the highest level of misdemeanor there is in North Carolina. The potential sentence you face depends if you have a prior offense and conviction. Sentences for this offense consist of lengthening the term of original suspension.

If this is a:

First DWLR

Second DWLR

Third or subsequent DWLR

Then you face an additional:

  • One year suspension
  • Two years suspension
  • Permanent revocation of your license

Ref: NCGS 20-28

Not only will you face a longer license suspension and potential permanent revocation, but your auto insurance rates will increase with a conviction, when you are eligible to get your license re-instated.

Free Consultation On North Carolina Criminal Traffic and Driving Charges

If you are facing a DWLR, or other criminal charge relating to the operation of a motor vehicle, please contact us today for a free case evaluation and legal consultation on your situation. Our attorneys will take the time to talk with you about what you are facing, possible penalties, and what your best chances are to beat the charges and keep your license.

So call us today to find out how we can help.

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