A drunk driver responsible for a crash will often have to deal with legal cases in both criminal and civil court. The majority of drivers will be charged at the scene of the crash and will have to go through the criminal justice system, facing the penalties under North Carolina drunk driving laws.

However, financial compensation for the victims of drunk driving crashes is filed and handled under the jurisdiction of the civil courts. A North Carolina car accident attorney can help a victim pursue these claims. Victims do not have to wait until the criminal case has been resolved to file their suit.