What is a DWI/DUI?

DWI stands for “Driving While Impaired.” It is a misdemeanor crime that carries a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison and a $4,000 fine. There is a mandatory loss of your privilege to operate a motor vehicle in North Carolina ranging from 1 year to a permanent loss, depending upon your record. In addition, it is possible that your personal automobile insurance rates could increase up to 800 percent for 3 years following a DWI conviction. In North Carolina, there is no difference between DWI and DUI.


“I was having a terrible night when I was charged with drunk driving. I had taken my medication, had several drinks and then got into an argument with my boyfriend. I left the apartment late at night and stopped to get gas. The store clerk called police claiming that I had passed out in my car. An officer arrived and questioned me. I admitted to drinking and taking methadone. He had me do several field sobriety tests. He then claimed I was impaired and arrested me. It was all a nightmare. Thank goodness for Thom Goolsby. What a fighter! He did not hesitate to take my case to trial. He performed a withering cross examination of the arresting officer. It was like a TV show. When it was my turn to testify he led me step-by-step through my case. At the end of the trial he gave a wonderful closing argument. The judge found me NOT guilty! I would recommend Mr. Goolsby to anyone who wants an excellent lawyer who takes care of his clients and knows how to win cases.” — TH

“Thank you Senator Thom Goolsby for having all my criminal charges dismissed. I was charged with DWI, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. I knew I was in a great deal of trouble when I came to see the Senator. I realized I was in good hands the first time I spoke with him. Senator Goolsby provided me with outstanding representation and succeeded in having ALL the charges dropped. I could not ask for more!” — CA

“I was charged with DWI and Reckless Driving after passing out and crashing my car. Apparently, I had a seizure while driving and was groggy at the scene when the police arrived. The investigating officer found drugs in the car and was convinced I was impaired by them. He had my blood drawn at the hospital for a test and charged me with the crimes. I am so glad I had Senator Thom Goolsby fighting for me. He stood strong and was with me at every court date. He challenged everything the State did and filed motions to protect my rights. The officer wanted to see me hammered and Senator Goolsby would have none of it. He fought hard for me. I could not believe it when I saw the officer throw up his hands and walk away when the case was dismissed. I walked out of the courtroom with my witness and my dad as a free man with no record! Senator Goolsby is the real deal. He is the best!” — DJ

“Thom Goolsby is an amazing lawyer. His representation of me was above and beyond anything I ever expected. He aggressively represented me in two Superior Court jury trials. Senator Goolsby was impressive to watch in action. He fought every issue and won both of my cases. I could not have imagined a more competent, caring and skilled trial advocate. I give him my highest recommendation and eternal thanks for all he did for me and my family. ” — CJ

“I was charged with a DWI that could have ruined my life. Thankfully, I hired Senator Thom Goolsby. His hard work on my case resulted in a dismissal of the DWI and the failure to maintain lane charges. I walked out of the court room a free man with no convictions. I’m not quite sure how it happened. He was filing motions, speaking with the district attorney and officer and then it was all over. I am so grateful to have had such a skilled advocate with the Senator’s expertise and fighting spirit. He is the best!!!” — JW

“You are the greatest! Thank you for taking my DWI case to trial and winning. Because of my prior record, if I had gotten convicted, I would have gone to jail and lost my driving privilege for an extended period of time. Your fighting spirit and willingness to try my case, plus your skills in DWI court, are amazing. Thank you again for saving my license and freedom.” — JJ

“Thank you Senator Goolsby for ‘pulling me out of the fire’ again. I don’t know what I would do without your help. I sat beside you in court during my trial and was amazed at your abilities. No one could have fought harder for my case. You kept me from getting convicted for DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED and CARELESS & RECKLESS DRIVING. A DWI would have been devastating to me. Thank you for WINNING my case. You are, absolutely, the BEST!!!” — MA

Disclaimer: “The above testimonials are authentic, but each DWI case is different and no promise is expressed or implied as to the outcome of your particular case.”

Have you been arrested for DUI/DWI? I have 25+ years of experience defending people facing the same problems you face right now. It is critically important that you hire the right defense attorney. As a former NC Senator, I actually helped write some of these laws and have represented thousands of individuals on criminal matters.

The State not only must prove you were impaired, they also have to qualify everything the police did: from the stop of your vehicle, to your arrest, to the breath or blood testing. The prosecutor must to make constitutional muster on every step along the way.

My job is to hold the State accountable to those burdens and I’ve tried hundreds of cases. I am NOT afraid to try your case!

Your problem is serious and you need the best defense lawyer you can find. I’m Thom Goolsby. I promise to defend you with all my skills and fight for your rights and your freedom!

Call 910-262-7401 right now!