Ordinarily, driving while impaired in North Carolina is a misdemeanor offense. There are exceptions to the general rule, especially in instances where a fatality results from the DUI or when there are multiple prior convictions, resulting in an indictment for habitual DWI charges.
Habitual driving while impaired is a felony offense in North Carolina. It takes into consideration prior convictions of DWI within a ten (10) year “look back” period from the date of offense on a new, pending DWI charge.
Habitual DWI differs from the misdemeanor “Laura’s Law” level A1 DWI in several different ways.