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Is a DWI a Felony?



It’s pretty common that you might not understand what a DWI or DUI is. Many clients mistakenly think that a driving while impaired conviction is a felony. They don't necessarily understand the difference between felonies and misdemeanors. First off a regular straight forward DWI is technically considered a misdemeanor charge. It is not a felony, although it is sentenced and categorize differently in our statue books.

There is a way to be convicted of felony DWI and that is a habitual DWI. That's where you have a series of DWI convictions over a period of time. Put simply in the most basic terms a DWI is a misdemeanor. It's not a felony. That's in the state of North Carolina. There are some other places, Canada for example, who consider DWI to be a felony. They won’t let you in their country. Each state is different but in North Carolina a DWI is a misdemeanor.

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