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Sitting, waiting for an 8:30 a.m. DMV Hearing, at an all-but-empty Huntersville Department of Conditional RestorationTransportation license and tag office, is a bit unusual.

It’s part of what I do as a defense attorney; but, that doesn’t make it any less surreal or interesting.

The early morning hours, sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., are mostly calm before the storm at NCDMV.

News outlets continue to report a spate of DUI wrecks in the Carolinas.  Contrary to the narrative spun by senior law enforcement officials, ride-sharing apps like UBER and Lyft have not eliminated the dangers of alcohol-related wrecks and deaths in Charlotte.

Drunk driving fatalities have increased while the number of arrests and criminal charges have dropped, if not fallen off the cliff.

That’s not something you just “notice” without taking affirmative steps to remedy the problem.  Enforcing the NC DWI laws is not a priority to senior leadership at CMPD.

Monroe Drunk Driving LawyersWhat is DWI in NC?  Is it drunk driving?

There is a fair amount of confusion in North Carolina about DWI charges.  The general public may call that type of criminal charge different things like DUI, driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, and even drunk driving.

Under the NC criminal laws, the offense is simply titled:  Impaired Driving.  It frankly can be a bit complicated, which adds to the level of confusion.  What really matters is how you respond to the charges, not what they’re called.

Most people have heard of the ignition interlock device in NC.  It’s also occasionally called the IID by the general public or even the Blow and Go or in-car breathalyzer.  The interlock is a breath testing device that’s installed in your car that measures alcohol in your breath and electronically records the BAC reading.

Its purpose is to ensure you’re not drinking and driving.  If you have alcohol on your breath, the vehicle won’t start.  If you keep trying to start your car after consuming alcohol, eventually that will result in a “lock out” and possible administrative action by the Division of Motor Vehicles.

If you have questions about whether a “blow and go” is required, we recommend you speak to an experienced attorney immediately.  Timing is often key in such matters.

How Can An Officer Charge Me With Driving While License Revoked When He Didn’t Pull Me Over?  What are the Driving While License Revoked Laws in North Carolina 

HELPFUL INFO ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE YOUR “DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED IMP REV” TICKET IN CHARLOTTE NC

 Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyers Charlotte NC
By: Bill Powers, Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers in Charlotte North Carolina – Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” Criminal Defense – Charlotte NC 2017

Is Breathalyzer on the side of the road reliable??

  • What kind of devices are out there?
  • What is the accuracy of the handheld breath test?

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License Suspended?  Need to Drive?  How to prepare a Limited Driving Privilege in North Carolina

Many people don’t realize the true value of a Driver’s License. . .until they lose it –  Bill Powers 

The North Carolina General Assembly gives the North Carolina Department of Transportation / Division of Motor Vehicles the authority to issue, revoke, and suspend Drivers Licenses in North Carolina.

Can You Get a Limited Privilege?  Are You Eligible?  Did You Have a Valid License?  Are There Options?

Obtaining a Pre-Trial Limited Privilege requires careful consideration of the record, prior history, and factual basis of a case.  One should not assume it is automatic or guaranteed  – Bill Powers

Are You Eligible?  Important Questions to Consider:

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