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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.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Cautions Residents Against Drinking and Boating
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Cautions Residents Against Drinking and Boating Howard Kurtz - 6/26/2014 You can expect to see more DWI checkpoints in the Triangle on the upcoming holiday weekends Fourth of July (July 4-6) and Labor Day (Aug. 29-Sept 1).
Keeping it Together: When do You Qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege
Keeping it Together: When do You Qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege Howard Kurtz - 5/30/2014 Even the best of us make mistakes, but sometimes those mistakes can lead to heavy license consequences if they take place behind the wheel of a vehicle. What is a person to do if they find themselves with a suspended license? This helpful overview of limited driving privileges might answer some questions.
Can Taxi Apps Reduce Drunk Driving? A Raleigh DWI Lawyer Shares His Thoughts
Can Taxi Apps Reduce Drunk Driving? A Raleigh DWI Lawyer Shares His Thoughts Howard Kurtz - 5/14/2014 Uber and Lyft are two more reasons not to drink and drive and risk the chance of being charged with DWI in North Carolina.
Order in the Court! Tips on How to Act While on the Witness Stand
Order in the Court! Tips on How to Act While on the Witness Stand Howard Kurtz - 4/25/2014 Trials can be confusing events. Even laymen who have experience with the criminal justice system may not know all of the proper procedures to follow. Testifying in one's own defense can be a tricky situation. Partner Howard Kurtz proposes some useful things to remember when you are on the stand.