Aggravated Level I Punishment
Under North Carolina law, judges are required to impose a sentence in DWI cases that corresponds with one of six levels of punishment. These levels are pre-determined and are assigned based on the specifics of each case.
The most serious of the punishment levels is Aggravated Level I, or A1. In order to be sentenced at this level, there must be three or more grossly aggravating factors present in your case.
A1 penalties include:
- 12 to 36 months in jail without the possibility of parole
- Maximum $10,000 fine
- One-year drivers license suspension
- Mandatory substance abuse assessment
- Completion of all recommended education and treatment
It is possible for the judge to suspend the jail sentence under the A1 sentencing guidelines. However, if this occurs, you will still be required to spend 120 days behind bars.
You may also be required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle.