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What Are The Pretrial DWI Driving Privileges In North Carolina?


What Are The Pretrial DWI Driving Privileges In North Carolina?

 

A question that I’m frequently asked in regard to DWIs a lot of times by people that get charged and their license is revoked for 30 days. They say well, I need to drive. How do I get around and my answer is that usually the State will allow you, to get through the judge in the court system, a privilege that’s a pre-trial driving privilege and it’s good for the 20 days after the first 10 days have passed. So after the first 10 days have passed with no privilege, on the 11th day you can approach the courts and say I want a pre-trial limited driving privilege to cover the rest of this 30-day revocation period. So in essence, instead of being revoked for 30 days, you’re only revoked for the first 10 and then you can have a limited pre-trial privilege for the remaining twenty of that 30 day revocation. So during the remaining twenty days where you can drive, the standard hours are 6 in the morning until 8 at night Monday through Friday. If you need time for church on Sundays or if you need to go to work on Saturday or Sunday you can amend that with a letter from your employer for the work schedule and the time and address of the place that you worship at on Sundays for the church portion of that. Along with that, in order to get the driving privilege, you will need a copy of your DL 123 (which is just a form from your car insurance company saying that you do have car insurance) and you’ll also need an assessment and what an assessment is is it’s just a piece of paper showing that you’ve been assessed from an alcohol assessment agency in the State that tells how many hours worth of classes that you have to complete if you were to be found guilty of a DWI. So if you attach, keep in mind that the assessment is only good for 6 months. So once you get the assessment, get the DL 123, and if you need it, a letter from your employer to handle the non-standard hours which is anything outside of Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can then approach the judge and get a get the judge to sign a limited pre-trial privilege to allow you to drive the remainder of those revocation days at the end of that 30 day revocation period that privilege will expire. In that case what you need to do is go to the clerk’s office, give them $100, and they will actually give you your driver’s license back and that $100 you’re giving them is called a civil revocation fee. Once you pay that they will give you your license back and then you’ll be able to drive like this never happened before, until your trial date actually happens and then whatever happens due to that is whatever happens due to that. Now keep in mind you do not have to have a lawyer to get these privileges if you want them. I’ve seen a lot of people just go out on their own and go to the clerk’s office to schedule this on the docket for pre-trial hearing. You’re not going to be allowed to talk to a judge or anything like that or the or the State or anything like that. You would be able to schedule this technically on your own if you if you went to the clerk’s office and ask them to put this on for a limited pre-trial privilege as long as you had all the paperwork that you needed to have with you. And then you could ask the judge to approach and hand it to the bailiff and then the bailiff will give it to the judge and the judge can sign it. So you don’t need a lawyer to get this done. Also, there is a $104 filing fee for this privilege in Forsyth County and in most other counties it’s a hundred; so just keep that in mind and hopefully that answers your questions about limited pre-trial driving privileges for DWI.

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