North Carolina imposes a wide range of penalties for DWI offenses. Even for a first offense, the state can be tough on those charged with drunk driving or driving while impaired, particularly when certain factors make the case more serious. These factors may be classified as “grossly aggravating” or “aggravating,” with the former including previous DWI offenses and having a child under 16 in the vehicle, and the latter including reckless driving, a BAC of .15 or higher, and other factors. In general, a first DWI offense in North Carolina could result in 24 hours in jail or community service, a fine up to $200 plus court costs, a one-year license suspension, and probation with a suspended jail sentence that could be imposed if the terms of probation are violated. It may be possible to obtain a limited driving privilege for work and school. However, the consequences of a first DWI offense can be severe, with a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail and a $4,000 fine. To learn more about the specifics of DWI sentencing in North Carolina, consult a knowledgeable attorney.