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Expunction Law Expanded and Strengthened
Expunction Law Expanded and Strengthened Howard Kurtz - 8/13/2015 North Carolina will now automatically expunge charges that were due to mistaken identity. No longer will expunction be limited to once in a lifetime if the charge was due to mistaken identity
Back to School Blog
Back to School Blog Howard Kurtz - 8/7/2015 With the warm days of summer quickly drawing to a close, it's that time of year again. Thousands of students from all around the Triangle area will be headed back to school in the next few weeks. While many people consider the cost of school supplies and packing lunches for the kids, not everyone may consider the crimes that become more common during the school year.
General Assembly Moves Forward on New Execution Law
General Assembly Moves Forward on New Execution Law Howard Kurtz - 7/31/2015 North Carolina has gone nine years without an execution and it seems that state lawmakers want to bring this era to an end. The proposed "Restoring Proper Justice Act" seems poised to make its way into law, and with it, a new period of capital punishment in N.C.
Bill to Help Hospital Employees May Hurt the Mentally Ill
Bill to Help Hospital Employees May Hurt the Mentally Ill Howard Kurtz - 7/24/2015 Hospital employees have it tough - long hours and stressful conditions are the norm. But did you know that they also face the highest number of incidents of work-related violence of any type of profession? A new North Carolina law makes it a felony to assault a hospital worker while on hospital grounds. Yet there could be unintended consequences to these actions.
Criminal Lawyer: Legal Help for Serious Felonies like Armed Robbery
Criminal Lawyer: Legal Help for Serious Felonies like Armed Robbery Howard Kurtz - 7/22/2015 A group of three armed men pulled a daring heist in Raleigh, NC’s Walnut Creek Amphitheater last month in broad daylight. According to an article from The News & Observer, the men made off with half a million dollars in cash moments after they made their way into the business office, pointing guns at the employees as they went.
Ignition Interlock Legislation Should be a Non-Starter
Ignition Interlock Legislation Should be a Non-Starter Howard Kurtz - 7/10/2015 DWI convictions are already painful, costing defendants time, money and effort to overcome. North Carolina is one of the tougher states in the nation when dealing with DWI cases. Yet once again, lawmakers are trying to make things even more difficult for people convicted of the charge. Proposed legislation would make it mandatory for everyone convicted of DWI in N.C. to have an interlock device installed in their vehicle.
Criminal Lawyer Share Why It’s Always a Bad Idea to Leave Your Car Running Unattended
Criminal Lawyer Share Why It’s Always a Bad Idea to Leave Your Car Running Unattended Howard Kurtz - 7/5/2015 It’s always a bad idea to leave your car running unattended. If you make this mistake, criminals can take advantage of the situation and try stealing your valuable property. Recently, this happened to a resident of Fayetteville, who just left her car running while buying something in a convenience store. Thankfully, the thief was arrested after the woman called her family members, who blocked the criminal’s path with another vehicle.
It's Time to Reduce the Prison Population in America
It's Time to Reduce the Prison Population in America Howard Kurtz - 6/26/2015 It's no secret that we lock up a lot of people in the United States. America has the largest prison population on planet Earth, and legislators in some states finally seem to be waking up to the fact that this isn't an admirable achievement.
For the Record: Filming Interactions with the Police
For the Record: Filming Interactions with the Police Howard Kurtz - 6/12/2015 Smartphones have revolutionized how we do business, how we socialize, and how we interact with the world around us. They have also put a very powerful tool into the hands of the average citizen when it comes to dealing with police - a camera. The ability to easily record interactions with police has change the game with regards to community-police relations.
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Explains Open Container Laws in North Carolina
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Explains Open Container Laws in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 6/2/2015 Have you been cited for an infraction under the open container laws of North Carolina? Make sure you talk to a practiced Raleigh criminal lawyer who can help you better understand these laws, the guidelines (and exclusions), and exceptions.