Traffic & DWI / DUI

Being pulled over by law enforcement and receiving a citation can be the beginning of a whole chain of stressful events. One of the more stressful components involves attending court, and trying to work your way through the legal maze to understand your best options for handling the citation you received.

Anyone facing a traffic offense or DWI / DUI charge can receive legal services from any one of our western North Carolina or upstate South Carolina locations. King Law Offices provides efficient and effective courtroom defense for traffic matters and other driving violations. Our team of South Carolina and North Carolina traffic lawyers defend clients’ legal rights and financial situation while protecting their driving privileges from our nine locations.

While traffic matters can be dealt with directly in court by the person who received the citation, we strongly recommend that you hire competent counsel to assist you. If handled improperly, a citation could result in a suspended or revoked license. Therefore, the goal of our South Carolina and North Carolina traffic lawyers is to take care of these matters quickly and within minimum inconvenience to the daily schedules of our clients.

Often clients are relieved to know that someone else will take the responsibility of determining best options following a traffic citation, and working to achieve those results. In addition, many times we can do so without the need for you to miss work or be otherwise inconvenienced. Call us at 888-748-KING (5464) or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation with an attorney.

Driving While License Revoked

A driver’s license is something most people depend on every day. We often take this privilege for granted and fail to realize just how important it is until it is taken from us. When you need to make it to work or pick up a sick child from school- your driver’s license is essential.

The charge of DWLR or driving while license revoked can be confusing and tricky to navigate. Most people think of this as a minor traffic offense, maybe even an infraction. However, this is a serious offense that could leave you without a driver’s license for an extended period of time.

Most DWLR cases result from an individual who was at one time licensed but failed to resolve a traffic matter in court and their license has been administratively revoked by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Such a revocation will remain in place until those matters are resolved. The best course of action is to have an attorney review your driving record and determine what needs to be done to get your case resolved, get your license back, and get you back on the road.

King Law is a firm prepared to move forward with any case involving DWLR and other motor vehicle related charges. Our attorneys in both North Carolina and South Carolina are experienced in handling these matters. You can be assured you are getting cutting edge representation in every matter, and your criminal case will be given top priority.

DWI / DUI

It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle after having consumed enough alcohol to result in an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher (.04 or higher if driving a commercial vehicle) or while you are under the influence of an impairing substance (i.e. drugs – whether legal or illegal). This alcohol concentration can be determined by a breathalyzer test or a blood test, depending on the circumstances. After being charged with Driving While Impaired, or DWI, your driver’s license is immediately revoked for 30 days. After 10 days, you may be eligible for a limited driving privilege. When you are pulled over, don’t hesitate to call us, your South Carolina DUI and North Carolina DWI lawyers, as soon as possible to get the best possible outcome.

A conviction for a DWI is a misdemeanor in most instances (but could be a felony if there are multiple offenses) and will result in a criminal record as well as an enormous increase in automobile insurance. The level of punishment issued ranges from loss of license and fines to jail time to seizure and forfeiture of your vehicle. There are a number of factors that affect the level and severity of the punishment.

Fortunately, a charge of DWI is not automatically a conviction. You have the right to hire a South Carolina DUI or North Carolina DWI lawyer and to be heard in court. Regardless of the evidence against you, there are ways to challenge the state’s case and a skilled DWI defense attorney knows what they are. Never just give up. Find out about your possible defense by contacting one of our experienced attorneys.

King Law is a firm prepared to move forward with any case involving a DWI and other criminal charges. Our DUI / DWI lawyers in both North Carolina and South Carolina are experienced in handling these matters. You can be assured you are getting cutting edge representation in every matter, and your criminal case will be given top priority.

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the both of you for your help in resolving this matter with expeditiousness and relatively minor consequences on my behalf. I really can’t express strongly enough how what you’ve done for me has kept my world from turning upside down. Certainly as these things go, if I ever have a need to call upon your services again I will do so without delay.
– C. G.

Failure to Appear

If you fail to appear in court when scheduled to do so, you may face additional criminal charges. There are many innocent reasons why you may have missed a court date. You may have been sick and unable to make it, or perhaps an emergency situation arose. You may have been confused as to the actual court date. It’s also possible you didn’t even know about the court date.

So you missed your court date. Now what? The answer depends on the severity of the offense but you will likely have a warrant for your arrest issued for failure to appear. You will probably be caught and arrested. However, with the right legal counsel, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate some of the consequences associated with a failure to appear charge.

Fortunately, in many cases an attorney can help you remedy the situation. For both criminal and infraction offenses, if you fail have the case placed back on a court docket within 20 days, the State will impose a $200 Failure to Appear (FTA) penalty. In the past, attorneys were able to convince judges to waive these fines, but recently judges have stopped granting relief for the FTA penalties. So if you miss your court date on a traffic offense, do not delay in contacting a criminal attorney because the FTA fee may be avoidable if handled promptly and within 20 days.

If you have already been arrested for failure to appear, things become more complicated, but an attorney may still be able to explain to the judge that you did not intentionally avoid the court date and request that the FTA be waived and hopefully keep you from racking up more charges.

King Law is a firm prepared to move forward with any case involving a Failure to Appear charge and the underlying criminal charges. Our attorneys in both North Carolina and South Carolina are experienced in handling these matters. You can be assured you are getting cutting edge representation in every matter, and your criminal case will be given top priority.

Privilege/Provisional License

Perhaps the most frequently asked motor vehicle law question is whether a person convicted of a driving offense that results in a suspended or revoked license is eligible for a limited driving privilege. The answer is depends on the situation surrounding the suspension. There are many reasons a license may be suspended and not all of them allow a person to obtain a driving privilege.

The law is clear that state’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the exclusive power to issue, suspend, or revoke a persons’ driver’s license. The State’s statutes do however give the Court’s the authority to issue limited driving privileges. A limited driving privilege is a court order that authorizes a person with a revoked driver’s license to drive for certain essential purposes. You must satisfy eligibility requirements defined by statute and demonstrate good cause for the issuance of the privilege. An experienced lawyer can help you determine your eligibility and help you obtain a limited driving privilege.

If you have not had any prior convictions, at the time you are in court before the judge, one of our experienced attorneys can request a limited driving privilege for you. A limited driving privilege typically allows you to drive from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm Monday through Friday in a defined geographical area for purposes of work, court ordered treatment or community service, and school. If you need to drive outside of these standard hours or on weekends, you would need special permission from the judge.

King Law is a firm prepared to move forward with any case involving a Driving Privilege and the underlying criminal charge that resulted in the suspension of your license. Our attorneys in both North Carolina and South Carolina are experienced in handling these matters. You can be assured you are getting cutting edge representation in every matter, and your case will be given top priority.

Traffic Violations

Most people who receive a traffic citation think that it is no big deal and simply pay the fine. This is one of the biggest mistakes that a driver can make. A person should never just pay the fines for a ticket, whether it’s for speeding, reckless driving or running through a stop sign, without at least consulting with a traffic attorney. Your traffic citation can result in your license being suspended, your insurance rates skyrocketing, and your driving record ruined.

Penalties can be severe; it is important to consult and retain a competent and experienced traffic lawyer to guide you through the process and to explain your options to you. In most cases, the charges can be reduced and no effect on your driving record or insurance. A good traffic attorney can help you obtain the best result possible.

If you’d like one of our traffic lawyers to represent you in court (available in North Carolina and South Carolina), please complete the form on this page. We will review your ticket information and contact you at the phone number provided.

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