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Driving While License Revoked

Most people drive every day of their lives.  Losing your driving privilege can adversely affect school, work, child care, virtually every aspect of your life.  You may have lost your license for a variety reasons.  But for whatever reason, you cannot ignore a revoked or suspended license.  Doing so, can result in you being pulled over by an officer, arrested, and forced to face enormous penalties that include jail, fines, increased insurance rates, and even further revocation of your driving privilege.  You will also have a criminal record. 

A person arrested for driving while license revoked (DWLR) now has two issues to address instead of one: reinstating the revoked or suspended license as well as criminal charges for driving without a valid license. Some people can be charged with this crime despite not knowing that their licenses had been suspended or revoked.  We can help!  We can assist you in restoring your driving privilege and getting the DWLR charge dismissed. 

Raleigh DWLR Lawyer

Were you recently arrested for DWLR or driving while your license was suspended? Instead of pleading guilty and hoping for mercy from the court, speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you reduce or eliminate the possible consequences of a conviction.  Just pleading guilty and paying your DWLR ticket can lead to serious consequences. 

Coolidge Law Firm helps guide Wake County residents through this complicated process, and we fight to defend residents of such areas as Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Apex, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wendell, and many more. Call (919) 239-8448 right now to set up a free, confidential consultation that will let our firm review your case and discuss your legal options.


Issues in a DWLR Case in North Carolina


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Reasons for Drivers License Revocation in Wake County

A North Carolina driver’s license may be suspended or revoked for any one or combination of several circumstances, including:


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North Carolina DWLR Charges

Under North Carolina General Statute § 20-28, any person who drives any motor vehicle on North Carolina highways while his license is revoked can be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor. However, this offense is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor if the person's license was originally revoked for an impaired driving revocation.

An impaired driving license revocation is defined in North Carolina General Statute § 20-28.2 as a revocation pursuant to a violation of one of the following offenses:


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Wake County Penalties for DWLR

Because North Carolina utilizes a complex “structured sentencing” method of determining punishments, the possible consequences of being convicted for DWLR depend on the alleged offender’s criminal record. A higher prior conviction level increases the maximum sentence for an alleged offender, and misdemeanor prior conviction levels are as follows:

With the misdemeanor class level and the prior conviction level, a judge can impose one of three forms of punishment for a conviction:

Alleged offenders charged with DWLR face the following possible sentences:


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Find a DWLR Lawyer in Raleigh

If you have been arrested in North Carolina for DWLR or driving while your license was suspended, you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney who will work to achieve the most favorable outcome to your case. Coolidge Law Firm will stand by your side and fight get charges reduced or dismissed.

Our firm serves clients throughout the greater Wake County area, including such communities as Raleigh, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Garner, and Cary. We can provide a complete and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (919) 239-8448 today to schedule a free legal consultation.

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David A. Coolidge
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