For most people, getting charged with a DWI is a traumatic and stressful event. However, this situation is further complicated when the DWI charge is accompanied by a high blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”). In North Carolina, when an individual has received a DWI charge with a corresponding BAC of 0.15 or higher, they are required to obtain an ignition interlock device on each vehicle that they own in order to be eligible for a limited driving privilege.
Ignition Interlock Devices
An ignition interlock device is a mechanical device that is installed in an individual’s car that restricts the car’s ignition controls. Generally, in order to get a car to start that is enabled with an ignition interlock device, an individual must blow into the device and record a breath sample that is free of any traces of alcohol. If the device detects that the breath sample contains any alcohol, the device will not allow the car to start and submit the failed test to the monitoring company. Additionally, even once the car has been started, the device may require a driver submit further samples throughout the entire drive.
Ignition Interlock Providers in the Wilmington Area
Generally, there are three major corporations that provide ignition interlock services nationwide. These corporations have franchisees in place locally that keep the ignition interlock devices in stock and who install them personally. Because of this, to find individual providers in the Wilmington area, you must first typically call the national number in order to find individual local installers. The following are the names and contact information of the three nationwide ignition interlock providers:
- Smart Start
- Monitech, Inc.
However, to make it easier for our clients, here is a list of the local Wilmington franchisees that provide the devices and their installation:
- 107 Portwatch Way, Wilmington NC 28412
- Smart Start, Inc.
- 7217 Ogden Business Lane #110, Wilmington, NC 28411
- 145 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
If you have been charged with a DWI that requires an ignition interlock device due to a high BAC, don’t hesitate to Contact Us at our Wilmington office of Minick Law, P.C. for a free consultation of your case.
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