Generally in NC, when you refuse to submit to breath chemical analysis, the penalty is a 12-month driver's license suspension. If you have already been a year without your license you should be able to apply for reinstatement (if you otherwise qualify). Whether you refused or not doesn't seem like it's still an issue. Good luck.
I don't practice in NC. In my state you can continue the hearing and keep a temporary license for a long time, depending on your circumstances.
Edward J. Blum
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