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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.

The “Blow and Go” – Do I have to get an Ignition Interlock after DWI charges in North Carolina?

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.  In simple terms, 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.

Checking Stations in Mecklenburg County

Checking Stations in Mecklenburg County

DWI Checkpoints are relatively common in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  Many are established by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department CMPD pursuant to the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

It is a complicated area of law, controlled both by North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS) 20-16.3A  and appellate court case law.

North Carolina has several approved devices for DWI Evidentiary Breath Testing. The most commonly used machine is called the EC/IR II. An additional machine authorized under North Carolina law is the Intoxilyzer 5000.

Occasionally as attorneys we still see cases where the breath sample was collected by the Intoxilyzer; that is normally associated with cases where people may have been charged but failed to appear in court or otherwise abscond.

Losing your driver’s license may be one of the penalties for a DWI conviction in North Carolina. That’s why it’s so important to hire an experienced DWI defense attorney like Bill Powers of the Law Offices of Powers Law Firm PA. As a Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Bill Powers focuses a substantial amount of time and effort into the defense of this area of law and understands how losing your license can affect your life. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, one option for keeping you on the road may be the installation of an ignition interlock device.

Check Out the NC DWI Quick Reference Guide Below for Approved Vendors and Ignition Interlock Devices in NC 


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.


NC Advocates for Justice – I’m Just Sayin’

In North Carolina, ‘I’m Just Sayin’ means, I am going to speak the truth, even if it is not popular.  It is, was, and always has been the truth – Bill Powers, President NCAJ 


NCAJ Bill Powers  President’s Column NCAJ

Can a lawyer or my PO help? Will my probation be terminated? Will I go to jail? If I get in trouble while on probation what happens?

Probation violations can be quite serious. They can result in the revocation of probation and activation of a suspended term in prison or jail time – Bill Powers

Probation Violation

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