DUI - North Carolina Habitual Offender
In the state of North Carolina, like all other U.S. states, it is illegal to operate a motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. Drivers may also be charged with any level of BAC if the state can prove they were not safely able to operate their vehicle. The state of North Carolina has taken a severe stand against repeat DUI offenders. Under North Carolina DUI laws (N.C.G.S. § 20-138.5), a person commits the offense of habitual impaired driving if he drives while impaired as defined in G.S. 20-138.1 and has been convicted of 3 or more offenses involving impaired driving as defined in G.S. 20-4.01(24a) within 10 years of the date of this offense.
DUI Penalties for a North Carolina DUI Habitual OffenderDrivers convicted of this charge will be charged with a Class F felony and will face:
- Not less than 12 months in prison (which cannot be suspended by the judge)
- Permanent revocation of your North Carolina drivers license
- Impoundment of your vehicle
- Mandatory attendance in a substance abuse program