First time offender, scared to death!
Last night I was pulled over and made to perform sobriety tests. The officers asked if I had been drinking. I told them that I had 3 beers about 2 hours prior. They asked me to take a handheld breath test, but I refused. I was arrested and taken to jail. I blew a .09 at the station.
I was charged with DUI, No Operators License (I have a S.C. driver's license), and reckless driving (apparently because it was raining).
I'm really scared that my life is going to be ruined over this. North Carolina is notorious for severly punishing DUI's from what I've read.
My question is this: Is there any hope of leniency because this was a first offense, I have no criminal record and I just barely blew over the legal limit?