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What is a 30-Day Civil Revocation?

A 30-Day Civil Revocation is a civil punishment resulting from a DWI. Although typically a revocation of a license requires a conviction for a DWI, in North Carolina, a person can have their license revoked for the following reasons:

  • A person charged with an implied consent offense registers a 0.08 or higher on a chemical test
  • A driver of a commercial vehicle registers a 0.04 or higher on a chemical test
  • A person under the age of 21 registers a 0.01 or higher on a chemical test
  • A person charged with an implied consent offense refuses to submit to an implied consent test

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI in North Carolina?

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Impaired (DWI) are effectively synonymous terms in North Carolina. While some states have separate charges for both DUI and DWI, in North Carolina the official terminology is Driving While Impaired and in state court there is no such thing as a DUI charge.

If you are charged on federal land or in the National Park in North Carolina, then you may be charged federally with DUI.

What is the legal limit in North Carolina?

The legal limit in North Carolina is a Blood Alcohol Concentration of under 0.08. This is the legal limit throughout most of the country.

What is the legal limit in North Carolina for a commercial license?

The legal limit in North Carolina for driving a commercial vehicle is a Blood Alcohol Concentration of under 0.04. This is the legal limit throughout most of the country for a commercial driver.

What is the legal limit in North Carolina for somebody under 21?

In North Carolina, there is a strict no tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. As a result, an individual who is under 21 cannot have a Blood Alcohol Concentration greater than 0.00.

What is a Federal DWI?

A Federal DWI is a DWI that has occurred on Federal property like the Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Park, or Military base. This charge is far different then a normal state issued DWI since it must be taken care of in the Federal court system and is subject to Federal sentencing structures and guidelines. If you have been charged with a Federal DWI, it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced in Federal DUcharges.

What are the open container laws in North Carolina?

Under North Carolina law, it is considered unlawful to have an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle, including while the vehicle is parked. Commercial vehicles are also not allowed to have closed alcohol containers at all. The legal definition of an open container is any alcoholic container of which the seal of the container is broken.