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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?
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.
Zellinger Uses Misleading Tactics in Attempt to Sway Voters in District Attorney's Race
Zellinger Uses Misleading Tactics in Attempt to Sway Voters in District Attorney's Race Howard Kurtz - 5/4/2014 Boz Zellinger continues to show a willingness to advance his own political ambitions by misleading people about his so-called accomplishments and by casting dispersions on the qualifications and integrity of his opponent. The means by which he has run his first political campaign stand as testament to the fact that he should be prevented from achieving a position of power of any kind.
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.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Talks About The Consequences of Fleeing from a DWI Checkpoint
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Talks About The Consequences of Fleeing from a DWI Checkpoint Howard Kurtz - 4/3/2014 If you frequently watch shows about wild police chases or sting operations, you should know that the police usually to get their man. Ignoring a police officer's orders to stop at a DWI checkpoint is just asking for trouble. Here’s a look at what happened to a North Carolina motorist who thought he could outrun law enforcement.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Questions DWI-style Checkpoints for Impaired Driving Research
Raleigh DWI Lawyer Questions DWI-style Checkpoints for Impaired Driving Research Howard Kurtz - 3/6/2014 Every ten years the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducts the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving, a multi-million dollar federally funded study on the prevalence of alcohol and drug impaired driving. The study is supported by Mothers Against Drunk Driving MADD and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).