Andrew McCoppin, of McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., handles all criminal defense cases himself and has argued cases at trial hundreds of times. He prepares every case for trial and forces the prosecutor to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To speak with a Raleigh DWI lawyer about your options, contact us today by calling 919-481-0011.
Raleigh DWI, DUI and Impaired Driving Attorney
Our job is to do all we can to help the judge find you not guilty. In Wake County, you have two options when it comes to a DWI. Either you plead not guilty, and have a trial, or you plead guilty.
At trial, the judge will consider four things before making a decision:
- The quality of your driving
- What you told the officer
- How you performed on the coordination tests
- What you blew on the Breathalyzer at the police station
The prosecutor must prove that the arresting officer had “reasonable suspicion” to stop you, “probable cause” to arrest you and proof of driving while impaired “beyond a reasonable doubt” to convict you. The prosecutor also must prove that the officer followed several statutory and constitutional procedures before the judge may find you guilty. Each of these issues is an opportunity for the officer to make a mistake and for us to win at trial. As your lawyer, my obligation is to help you avoid a conviction.
Even if the judge finds you guilty of DWI, we can help reduce your consequences. The judge will balance to following factors when imposing a sentence. My job is to push this balance in your favor.
having an alcohol concentration of 0.09 or less
having an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more
|having a safe driving record for five years before your DWI offense date||having a revoked NCDL when charged with this DWI|
|having impairment caused primarily by lawfully prescribed medication||having an unsafe driving history including any of several listed offenses|
|having an alcohol assessment before sentencing on your DWI||having any prior DWI convictions when charged with this DWI|
|driving safely and lawfully when charged with this DWI||driving especially recklessly or dangerously|
|any other appropriate factor||causing property damage greater than $1,000|
|causing personal injury & any other appropriate factor|
If the judge finds that any Grossly Aggravating Factors apply to your case, the court must impose an active jail sentence and suspend your driver’s license without the possibility of a limited driving privilege. Please call us to evaluate your case and avoid these consequences.
Aggressive Defense From a Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, DWI/DUI Lawyer
When handling your DWI/DUI case, our attorney will put over 20 years of criminal defense experience to work as he fights to protect your rights and your freedom.
He will investigate all the details of your case to determine if the officer followed proper procedure, including:
- Did the police officer have a valid reason to pull you over?
- Did the police officer perform a valid field sobriety test?
- Was there probable cause for the arrest?
- Were your civil rights protected?
- Was the Breathalyzer working correctly and was the test conducted properly?
Contact an experienced Drinking and Driving Attorney Today
If you have been pulled over on a DWI arrest, you need an experienced drunk driving attorney to help protect you from losing your driver’s license and possibly going to jail. Even if you had too much to drink, and drove, we will fight your case at trial and tell the judge why you should be found not guilty. It’s extremely important that you have an attorney in your corner who can provide every defense possible to eliminate or minimize any potential penalties. Wake County has special prosecutors trained to get convictions in DWI cases. You need a specialist to fight for you. Contact McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., today by calling 919-481-0011. Hablamos español.