When you hire a Dummit Fradin DWI attorney, you get a team. Our attorneys are known for gathering together into a Practice Area Team, and their combined DWI knowledge and skill and understanding of the courtroom makes us one of the most passionate DWI defense law firms in the state.  These are the DWI lawyers you want.  This team of dedicated DWI attorneys deal with the ins and outs of drunk driving cases every day.  Our founder, Clarke Dummit, built this firm on DWI cases, and he remains one of the leading voices for DWI defense throughout the entire state of North Carolina.  Driving While Impaired is a complicated charge, and it’s one that our law firm has extensive history with in the state of North Carolina.
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Here at Dummit Fradin, we don’t just attend DWI seminars. We teach them. We have over 25 years of experience, and we’re committed to bringing the full weight of our legal knowledge to your defense.

We’re not afraid of court. We regularly litigate our cases in the courtroom. Over the years, our attorneys have handled literally thousands of cases.

When you need a professional DWI attorney on your side, contact one of our law offices near you.

Our Charlotte, NC clients turn to us when they need serious legal representation, and our doors are open to you for a free DWI consultation.

Over the years, we’ve built a substantial practice by consistently and successfully defending our clients against every type of DWI charge. This is the law firm to come to when you want an amazing and effective DWI attorney. Whether your unique situation is a first time offense or habitual, we stand ready to tackle your case with the kind of aggressive, no-nonsense approach that produces results where they matter: in the courtroom.

We’ve earned our reputation by fighting for our clients in the courtroom. Come in for a free Driving While Intoxicated consultation and talk to us about your DWI concerns.

A DWI charge does not have to mean a DWI conviction, and your Charlotte DWI lawyer at Dummit Fradin cannot stress that enough.

Here at Dummit Fradin, our DWI lawyers believe that every single case is worth defending. And defending well. This is our goal. Every client deserves a solid, knowledgeable DWI defense. You deserve that. We fight hard for your rights, and we know how to do it because we’ve accumulated the years of hard-earned experience that it takes to be a winner. For more information, please check out some of our other DWI articles, and please reference our relevant location pages if you have a DWI charge in Winston Salem, Greensboro or Charlotte.

Hire a known DWI attorney today, and see what kind of a difference it makes in the courtroom.


Here, you can get a DWI attorney who knows the law. Your Charlotte lawyer should find out if the officer who pulled you over had reasonable articulable suspicion. If not, why were you pulled over, and does that violate your rights?Your rights are our concern, and we will provide you with a DWI attorney who will work tirelessly to make sure your rights are being protected and that you’re not being charged for a crime you never should have been pulled over on. Your DWI attorney at Dummit Fradin will challenge your case on every level, and we urge you to come in for a free consultation.

Law enforcement officers are required to followed field test procedures, and it happens that we know all of those procedures, not just because we fight them in the courtroom, but also because we have attorneys actually trained and certified to conduct the very same tests.

We thoroughly investigate the details of your driving while impaired matter, and we fight without reservation to make sure that you’re getting the absolute best results possible.

Your DWI attorney has to know what questions to ask, and has to take the time to analyze every second of the police video and audio recordings. This information, once it’s known thoroughly, is compared to the officer’s report and testimony. The officer’s report will have to match the evidence as to what happened in the stop.

Also, your Charlotte DWI attorney will want to know if the arresting officer had probable cause to pull you over. In addition, it’s worth asking if the testing equipment properly calibrated and maintained. Remember, it’s on the state of North Carolina to prove any case against you. The state even has to prove that you were actually driving the car.

Your piece of mind is only one free consultation away.

There is hope.

Welcome to the law firm of Dummit Fradin. We’ve won several awards for our work over the years, including the Avvo Clients Choice Award! Let an experienced, aggressive and well-known DWI attorney get started working for you today.

If you’ve been accused of driving while impaired, contact a DWI lawyer today to handle your DWI case.


Once upon a time, folks who were charged with DWI would regularly plead guilty to some lesser charge under a plea bargain. Their attorneys would work out deals with the prosecutors, and often, they’d plead guilty to something like reckless driving.

The prosecutors were glad to do this, particularly for first time offenders, because it was a quick and efficient way to dispose of cases in our overcrowded court system. That largely became a thing of the past after the legislature, prodded by anti-drunk driving advocates, passed a new law in 1983, with modifications in 2006 and 2007 (General Statute §20-138.4) requiring prosecutors to put a written explanation in the court record and, in a later law, explain orally whenever they reduced or dismissed a charge subject to the implied-consent laws. The change was intended to make district attorneys accountable for the DWI plea bargains they made, and – D.A.s being elected officials — it worked.

These days, most district attorneys would rather try a case they know they’re going to lose than accept a guilty plea to a lesser offense and have to subsequently explain it to voters.

This is the case even in instances where the person charged with driving while impaired blew a .07. In former times, the prosecutor might have accepted a dismissal or plea bargain, which made a lot of sense. Not accepting a plea leaves the outcome of the case resting on a contentious, imprecise, and subjective assessment of impairment based on nothing more than the arresting officer’s observations. Whereas, accepting the plea is quicker and more considerate of the court’s time, especially considering that .07 is below the state’s presumption of impairment (which is currently .08).

(Oddly, these .07 cases can sometimes be pretty hard to defend. Specifically, because – after failing to meet the objective legal standard for impairment — the arresting officer is left having to beef up his testimony to make the case that you were impaired. The descriptions of how you performed on field sobriety tests suddenly become a little richer and every tiny detail of the event is thrown into the bubbling soup.)

So most of the time, especially on a first offense, it makes sense to go ahead and try the case. There’s a saying in legal circles: if you don’t try the case, lightning can’t strike. Which basically means that you never know when a losing case will turn into a winner. The lightning could be that some piece of key evidence was misplaced, or the officer inexplicably mixed up his facts. It could be any number of things that never happen 99.9 percent of the time. Once in a while, though, it does happen, and someone gets off because of it.

If you don’t try the case (if you plead guilty) you’ll never know if one of them might happen during your trial.


Usually, this is the case if you have more to lose by rolling the dice with a trial than you do if you plead guilty. This is a big if. There are many strategies for defending a DWI charge, many more than the run-of-the-mill criminal defense lawyer knows about, and all of those strategies are worthy of exploring first. That’s why you need a DWI attorney defending you. But sometimes, even skilled drunk driving attorneys confront cases with almost no chance of winning on an issue of articulable suspicion, probable cause, evidence of impairment, or any of the other defense avenues available. Sometimes, the state has an air tight case.

Your DWI lawyer in Charlotte, NC should have enough experience to know if that’s the case, and if it is, to know whether there are circumstances in which you would be better off pleading guilty.

Let’s look at some of those circumstances.

Without a doubt, the most common reasons for pleading guilty involve cases with circumstances that, if they come out in court, would result in a stiffer sentence. For instance: when someone under 16 was in the car while you were driving, when there was property damage as a result of your DWI, or when a person was injured because of your DWI. In theory, if these circumstances are present in your case, the court should know about them already. It should all be in the paperwork in your case file. Most of the time it is, but even so, it may go unnoticed if you plead guilty.

How could that be?
It’s a matter of numbers. Prosecutors have to juggle dozens of cases all the time. At the district court level, they may have to deal with 200 cases a day. Unless your case is particularly notorious, they’re probably not going to know the details of it off the top of their heads. They may scan through your case file, but court moves fast. Critical information can be buried or glossed over even when it’s right before their eyes.

And sometimes, even if the information does come out, you might still be better off pleading guilty.

How come?
Because you may well get a lighter sentence. When information about aggravating factors exist in the court record, it’s still something of an abstraction. It’s there, but it’s in the form of typed or scrawled words on some law enforcement report, one of thousands of such reports the court sees every week. Should these factors come out in trial, they’ll come alive as an officer testifies in detail about the damage to the parked car you hit, or the extent of the injuries of your passenger. At this point, these aggravating factors are no longer abstract; the officer is painting the picture of what the scene looked like. The judge is getting a more vivid view of the events on that night and may very well respond with a stiffer sentence. Instead of giving you 7 days in jail, he could give you 14 or 20.

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