When you’re convicted of driving while impaired (DWI) in North Carolina, the state Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will revoke your driver’s license as part of the penalties. The revocation lasts for a year for your first offense, but if you’re convicted for a second time, it can go on for four years.
You must comply with these license revocation periods. If you try to take your automobile for a spin – even if you’re sober – you risk an officer catching you on the road. Driving during a license revocation period is unlawful, and you could face harsh penalties for breaking the rules.
Penalties for driving during DWI license revocation
If an officer catches you driving while the DMV revoked your license for a DWI conviction, you can face a Class 1 misdemeanor charge. On conviction, the DMV will revoke your license for an additional year for the first offense. If it’s your second offense, it’s two additional revocation years. For a third or subsequent offense, officials will permanently revoke your license.
A court might also order you to abstain from alcohol and install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle – if your prior DUI conviction hasn’t already – for 90 days.
Moreover, the court may order your vehicle seized and sold if you’re convicted of driving while your license remains revoked.
In summary, driving while the DMV has revoked your privileges is a very bad idea. If you currently face DUI charges and want to avoid license revocation, consider consulting a legal professional immediately. You may be able to appeal the DMV’s revocation but note that this process is separate from your criminal case.