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New Bern Drunk Driving Lawyer

All it takes is one mistake, and you could find yourself facing criminal charges for drunk driving and serious potential consequences. I am attorney Daniel E. Potter, and from my New Bern offices, I represent people throughout North Carolina who have been arrested for drunk driving in Pamlico County and Craven County. Whether you are here on vacation or a local resident, I can help you take action to keep your license and keep your record clean.

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With popular tourist destinations in the New Bern area, including Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Beaufort, people from across North Carolina find themselves facing drunk driving charges on US-70, US-17, and State Highway 55. I know the impact a DWI or DUI can have on your life, and I understand your options for reducing that impact.

DWI Process in North Carolina

After a person is stopped by the police, if they have had anything to drink, they have the opportunity to submit to a Breathalyzer test. There are two main outcomes that can then lead to a drunk driving arrest:

  • If you refuse to blow into the Breathalyzer, your license will be revoked automatically for one year and you can still be charged with a DWI.
  • If you do submit to the Breathalyzer test and your blood alcohol content is over .08, you will be arrested and charged with DWI.

Once you are arrested, your case is set for trial. It is my job to talk to the investigating officer, and counsel you as to whether you should go to trial or work out an agreement.

There are several ways to fight a drunk driving charge. I will examine the following:

  • Whether the initial stop was constitutional
  • Whether the officer had reasonable cause to stop you
  • Whether the Breathalyzer had an accurate result
  • Whether you were actually impaired or not.

In some cases, the results of the breath test may be thrown out for improper calibration or improper procedures.

I also understand that certain drivers have more to lose than others. Truckers and other professional drivers with a commercial driver's license or CDL only have to blow a .04 on a breath test in order to be charged with drunk driving in North Carolina.

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Ready to protect North Carolina and out-of-state residents charged with drunk driving, I can answer your questions and help you understand your options. Open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, I am also available by appointment, including jail visits. Contact me today for a free initial consultation.

I am attorney Daniel E. Potter and from my offices in New Bern, NC, I represent clients throughout North Carolina, including Bayboro, Havelock, and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, Trent Woods, River Bend, Bridgeton, Vanceboro, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Craven County, Pamlico County, and Carteret County.

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Daniel E. Potter, P.C.
2129 South Glenburnie Road, Suite 13,
New Bern, NC 28562
Toll Free: 800-768-1789
Fax: 252-636-0586
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