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DWI Lawyer Discusses the Consequences of Underage Drinking
DWI Lawyer Discusses the Consequences of Underage Drinking Howard Kurtz - 7/17/2015 Raleigh, NC residents Charles and Kimberly Matthews never expected their daughter’s wedding in the summer of last year to be followed by tragedy. They were simply enjoying the wedding reception at home with their friends and families. Unfortunately, a few underage guests got drunk during the party, and one of them—Jonathon Gregory Taylor, a friend of their teenaged son—crashed his car, ending his life.
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.
About DWI Arrest Quotas in Raleigh and the Need for a Good DWI Lawyer
About DWI Arrest Quotas in Raleigh and the Need for a Good DWI Lawyer Howard Kurtz - 6/22/2015 Police officers have been accused of having either formal or informal quotas regarding the number of DWI arrests they make. This notion has been widely rejected nationwide, North Carolina included. However, North Carolina does not have an anti-quota statute, and certain evidence suggest that such while DWI quotas may not actually exist in the state, there is still plenty of motivation to for police and defense attorneys to make arrests.
Raleigh DWI Attorney Talks About Implied Consent in North Carolina
Raleigh DWI Attorney Talks About Implied Consent in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 5/27/2015 In North Carolina, if you’re driving then if charged with certain offenses you’ve given the state your “implied consent” to submit to a chemical test to check for the presence of alcohol in your system. You probably would not be surprised to learn that such an offense is known as an “implied-consent offense.”
So When Does DWI = Murder? Raleigh DWI Lawyer Sheds Light on the Matter
So When Does DWI = Murder? Raleigh DWI Lawyer Sheds Light on the Matter Howard Kurtz - 5/8/2015 Drivers charged with DWI have a duty of care to the public, but can they also be charged with murder as a result of a breach of that duty? A Raleigh DWI lawyer explains.
Thinning the Blood
Thinning the Blood Howard Kurtz - 4/10/2015 It's no secret that if someone is arrested for a DWI will generally be asked to submit to chemical testing of their breath. Folks may also be aware that under certain circumstances, police are able to draw blood from suspects in order to prove DWI. This is an overview of chemical analysis via blood testing in DWIs.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer: North Carolina DWI Laws Are About to Get Tougher
Raleigh DWI Lawyer: North Carolina DWI Laws Are About to Get Tougher Howard Kurtz - 3/30/2015 North Carolina’s DWI laws are notably among the toughest in the nation. The Tar Heel State may be a tobacco-friendly state, but when it comes to drinking and driving, your actions may land you in a whole lot of legal trouble and in need of the services of a smart Raleigh DWI attorney.
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.
Raleigh DWI Lawyer: Drinking & Driving Don’t Mix, especially with Trains
Raleigh DWI Lawyer: Drinking & Driving Don’t Mix, especially with Trains Howard Kurtz - 3/10/2015 Did you know that an 8-car passenger train traveling at 80 mph needs about a mile before it will finally grind to a complete halt?
A Closer Look at Voluntary Dismissal with Leave
A Closer Look at Voluntary Dismissal with Leave Howard Kurtz - 2/20/2015 Old cases don't die, but they do fade away and off the active docket at North Carolina courthouses. While some people may forget to go to court and then forget that they have a pending case, this does not mean that the case vanishes. Older, unresolved cases slip into a special status known as "voluntary dismissal with leave." What does that mean? Read further to find out.