In the fiscal year of 2012-2013, there were nearly 50,000 people arrested for Driving While Impaired in North Carolina. While the ultimate consequences for a DUI can be severe – including up to two years of jail time – many cases end up being dismissed for a variety of reasons.
Statewide, in public defender regions, an average of 12.2% of DWI cases are fully “dismissed without leave.” This means the case can never be reopened. However, this dismissal rate varies widely across the state.
In North Carolina, Cumberland County has the highest overall rate of dismissal – a full 23.1% of DWI cases were dismissed without leave in 2013. Cumberland is closely followed by Carteret and Gaston Counties, which dismiss 22.5% and 20.1% of DWI cases.
On the other end of the spectrum, Robeson County only dismisses 2.5% of DWI cases without leave, followed by Gates County, which dismisses 2.6%.