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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.
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.
New District Attorney Rolls Out New Traffic Ticket Policy
New District Attorney Rolls Out New Traffic Ticket Policy Howard Kurtz - 5/29/2015 Wake County has a reputation for being among the strictest counties in the State of North Carolina when in comes to dealing with traffic offenses. Drivers from Raleigh to Rolesville often found themselves facing harsher punishments than they would in other places. Now, recent changes indicate that Wake County may be lightening up when it comes to traffic offenses.
A Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Speaks Out Again on the Case of Darryl Howard
A Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Speaks Out Again on the Case of Darryl Howard Howard Kurtz - 5/12/2015 A respectable Raleigh criminal lawyer helps navigate the laws and proceedings of post-conviction relief to seek the best outcomes for wrongfully convicted individuals.
Rejuvenating Juvenile Justice in North Carolina
Rejuvenating Juvenile Justice in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 5/1/2015 "Juvenile" justice in North Carolina may not mean what you think it means. For most people, a juvenile is someone under the age of eighteen, but in N.C., minors aged sixteen and seventeen who are charged with a crime have their cases handled in adult criminal court. But this may be changing, if some members of the General Assembly have their way.
Another Level of Aggravation: What You Should Know About the Most Serious DWI Sentence in North Carolina
Another Level of Aggravation: What You Should Know About the Most Serious DWI Sentence in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 3/27/2015 On December 1, 2011, DWI sentencing in North Carolina changed. That is the day "Laura's Law" took effect. Intending to punish repeat offenders more harshly, the law created a new sentencing level and a new layer of complication to DWI litigation. The law has been around for over 3 years, but many drivers still aren't fully aware of its existence, or about what impact it could have on their DWI sentence.