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Dashboard Cameras Are Only Useful If Attorneys Have Access To The Videos
Dashboard Cameras Are Only Useful If Attorneys Have Access To The Videos Howard Kurtz - 10/17/2014 Dashboard cameras are some of the most recognized pieces of police technology to the general public, and yet, not all local agencies make videos captured by their dash cams available to attorneys. This can make it difficult for attorneys to fully advise their clients when considering a trial or plea. It also makes it harder to preserve evidence, since police departments don't keep dash cam footage forever.
Your Vote May Change How Courts Are Run in North Carolina
Your Vote May Change How Courts Are Run in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 10/3/2014 Voters going to the polls in November will have the opportunity to do more than just elect officials - they will also be voting on whether to change how trials are conducted in superior court. But that isn't to say that who you are voting for isn't also important, in light of some changes to how Court of Appeals and Supreme Court judges fund their campaigns.
Raleigh Lawyer Never Got Invited to the “Party Mansion”, Now It’s Been Sold!
Raleigh Lawyer Never Got Invited to the “Party Mansion”, Now It’s Been Sold! Howard Kurtz - 9/10/2014 The 15,224 square-foot gray and white manor was recently sold to a local business owner for $1 million, which is way below the original price of $2.9 million. The house got its dubious name due to the lavish and rowdy parties its former owner, Claude Verbal II, used to host. For the Wake County Superior Court, however, the late night drinking, explicit music, and illicit behavior had to stop.
DWI Arrests are up nearly 90% in 2014 according to Raleigh DWI Lawyer, Howard Kurtz
DWI Arrests are up nearly 90% in 2014 according to Raleigh DWI Lawyer, Howard Kurtz Howard Kurtz - 9/9/2014 Since the formation of the Raleigh Police Department's five-man DWI squad, the number of drivers arrested for drunk driving almost doubled from 794 during the first half of 2013 to an impressive 1,484 during the same period in 2014. As a result, fatalities dropped by more than 80 percent, from 12 deaths during the first half of 2013 to just 2 over the same period in 2014.
21 Turns 30 - Raleigh DWI Lawyer Discusses the Minimum Drinking Age
21 Turns 30 - Raleigh DWI Lawyer Discusses the Minimum Drinking Age Howard Kurtz - 8/27/2014 July 17, 1984 marked a milestone for the country. It was on this day that President Ronald Reagan signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, setting the minimum drinking age in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to 21. As a result, traffic fatalities and injuries dropped significantly over the years following its enactment, saving an estimated 900 lives annually.
Underage Drinking: More Trouble Than You Might Expect
Underage Drinking: More Trouble Than You Might Expect Howard Kurtz - 8/22/2014 Although it is widely known that it is illegal for someone younger than 21 years old to purchase alcohol, many people may not be aware that it is also illegal for minors to consume alcohol. Parents may think that because the consumption is occurring within the home and under supervision, everything is OK. Sadly, as one local family has recently found out, this is not the case.
Underfunded SBI Is a Disgrace to Justice
Underfunded SBI Is a Disgrace to Justice Howard Kurtz - 7/8/2014 As if the SBI Crime Lab didn't have enough problems, it turns out that it is severely underfunded, with too much work and not enough forensic analysts to do it. The backlog of evidence at the Crime lab sometimes leaves defendants waiting months, or even years, for their cases to go to trial. What impact is this having on our court systems?
A Night Out, a Few Drinks and a DWI, Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says, Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You.
A Night Out, a Few Drinks and a DWI, Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says, Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You. Howard Kurtz - 7/8/2014 Most stadiums and amphitheaters in North Carolina permit the sale of beer and alcohol at concession stands concerts. A simple night out with your kid to see your favorite country western singer could prove to be memorable in more ways than one.
How the "Selfie" Generation is Destroying the DWI Checkpoint
How the "Selfie" Generation is Destroying the DWI Checkpoint Howard Kurtz - 7/3/2014 It is an image that has long been familiar to the criminal justice system - a long line of cars queued up to pass through a DWI checkpoint. DWI checkpoints have long been important tools for law enforcement to detect and deter people who might drink and drive. Yet social media such as Twitter and Facebook are making this mission more difficult. Howard Kurtz comments on how the rise of social media is lessening the effectiveness of the DWI checkpoint.
Hitting Them With Their Best Shots: N.C. Lawmakers Consider Taking a Swing at Mugshot Websites
Hitting Them With Their Best Shots: N.C. Lawmakers Consider Taking a Swing at Mugshot Websites Howard Kurtz - 6/27/2014 Smiling for the camera may be the last thing on your mind if you are posing for a mug shot, but thanks to websites that publish the photos for profit, it may end up being the most widely seen picture ever taken of you. Even if your case is dismissed, digital publication of mug shots can be a real headache for months or even years after you last appeared in a courtroom. Howard Kurtz reviews proposed legislation by the North Carolina General Assembly to correct these issues.