License Restoration in North Carolina

Due to the severity of North Carolina’s traffic laws, hundreds of thousands of North Carolina residents are currently suffering because their licenses have been revoked due to accumulated violations or not handling a prior citation. Having been in your shoes before, Attorney Hatley knows that losing your license severely impacts your life. Not having a license gets in the way of work, school, and taking care of the ones you love. It keeps you from living life at your own pace. On top of that, your mailbox is overflowing with letters from people who say they know how to handle it. Deciding who to trust can be overwhelming.

Our Process has 19 attorneys on staff, practicing in over 50 counties across North Carolina. Each of our attorneys focus on the complexities of traffic law and can use that knowledge to advocate for the restoration of your driving privilege.* We recognize that while handling any given citation is important, it’s just as important to look at the big picture to find out why your license was revoked in the first place.

Our team will review your driving record and analyze any past or pending charges causing the revocation. We’ll determine what outstanding issues need to be resolved to help get your license back, and offer you a comprehensive plan to seek restoration of your license as quickly as we can.

Cost of Representation

At, we seek to take a transparent approach to legal fees. Based on the number and severity of pending charges you have, our firm will generate a fair quote for the total cost of representation. We will personally appear for you and negotiate with the District Attorney to fight for the best possible outcome for you.

The value of clearing your record and getting your license back is priceless. We want to help you reclaim your independence and get back on the road. You don’t have to go it alone. Give us a call at 919-200-0822. We look forward to speaking with you at your earliest convenience.

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What is a DWLR charge?

Driving While License Revoked, or suspended, (DWLR) is a class three misdemeanor in North Carolina. This means that the charge is much more serious than your "typical" speeding citation. The charge is rather self-descriptive - it means that you've been cited driving in North Carolina without the privilege to do so. It is important to consult with an experienced traffic attorney before seeking to handle this type of charge.

DWLR vs. No Operators License (NOL) or Expired License

When you receive an NOL charge, it regularly means that you have never had a license before. To remedy this, in most cases you simply need to obtain a license. An expired license charge means that you previously had a license, but it expired. To remedy this charge, in most cases you simply need to renew your license. The difference with a DWLR charge, however, is that at one point you had an active North Carolina driving privilege, but it was affirmatively taken away from you by the DMV due to some offense on your part.

How Do You Get Charged With DWLR?

There are several reasons why your license may be revoked, including:

  1. Failing to handle a previous citation, known as “Failure to Appear”
  2. Handling a citation but failing to pay your court costs, known as “Failure to Pay”
  3. Receiving point-accumulating violations on your record, that total up to 12-points, in a three-year period
  4. Receiving a high level speeding violation that causes a statutory suspension of your license
  5. A change in your medical condition (i.e. an epilepsy diagnosis or worsening eyesight).

These are all potential instances that could suspend your license and where an officer could charge you with DWLR if you are driving.

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Indefinite Suspension vs. Permanent Revocation

An indefinite suspension means that your license will be suspended until there is an action taken on your part, such as handling an old traffic citation or paying off old outstanding court costs. Your license could also be indefinitely suspended due to a medical condition which requires you to visit a doctor and report back to the NC DMV regarding any health related concerns. A permanent revocation means that your license has been cancelled and cannot be reinstated without great effort. In order to get your license back, you will have to request approval from the DMV, pay any fines or penalties, and pass the driving test. Limited Driving Privileges (LDP) are an option for drivers facing permanent suspension. An LDP is not possible in the case of indefinite suspension where the driver has unresolved court cases or court fines.

DWLR Not Impaired vs. Impaired

There are two main types of DWLR charges.

The first, "DWLR - Not Impaired", can occur for many different reasons, such as failing to handle previous citations, failing to pay court costs, or receiving 12-points on your license in a 3-year period. This type of DWLR is a class three misdemeanor in NC. While a conviction for DWLR - Not Impaired would not normally result in jail time, it is still a serious offense that could benefit from the assistance of an attorney.

The second, "DWLR - Impaired", is related to driving after a prior Driving While Impaired charge or conviction. This is the more serious of the two types because it means you were driving during a period of license suspension for a prior DWI, whether pre- or post-trial. This DWLR is a class one misdemeanor in NC and carries a serious risk of jail time. If you've been charged with DWLR Impaired, it's vital that you call an attorney immediately.

How Do You Handle a DWLR?

When looking at a DWLR charge, you have to first take care of the reason why your license was suspended. After hiring, our team will go through your driving record and find all of the reasons why your license was suspended, whether it be old citations or unpaid fines. We will seek to help you resolve those issues, postponing any hearing on your current DWLR charge as needed. Sometimes this process can take weeks, months, or even up to a year. When thinking about how to get your life back, it is important to remember that it is necessary to resolve all the underlying matters in order to seek full reinstatement of your license. Once the underlying matters are resolved, our attorneys can seek a dismissal of the serious charge of DWLR and hopefully get your license back so that you can get back on the road.

License Restoration vs. Handling Only the DWLR

Some clients come to our office with only one underlying matter that has caused their license to be suspended. Other clients may have as many as twenty old outstanding citations dating back to the 1980s or 90s. Regardless of the number or the age of the citations, it is important to seek to handle all of the previous citations and not just the current DWLR charge. This can prevent you from receiving further suspensions, further DWLR charges, and more fines. We understand it is sometimes a large financial burden to take care of everything at once. However, our office will be happy to work with you in order to try to help you get your life back on track.

How Can Help Me?

One of the many benefits of choosing our law firm is that we have 19 attorneys who work in over 50 counties in North Carolina. By hiring our law firm for your DWLR citation, you're not just hiring one attorney, you're hiring a team of experienced traffic attorneys across the state. Our attorneys understand how different reductions will impact you and the potential to reinstate your license. Our goal is to help you get your license back so you can get on with your life. Give us a call today for a free consultation at 919-200-0822.

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