Traffic Blog

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.
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.
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.
A Move-Related Thank You
A Move-Related Thank You Howard Kurtz - 12/6/2013 Kurtz and Blum's recent move has been a big success and we'd like to give credit where credit is due.
Fifty Shades of Display: How the N.C. Legislature Hopes to Use Colored License Plates to Shame DWI Defendants
Fifty Shades of Display: How the N.C. Legislature Hopes to Use Colored License Plates to Shame DWI Defendants Howard Kurtz - 4/19/2013 The North Carolina Legislature seems to be caught in a time warp. A new proposed law would take people convicted of DWIs back to the days when public humiliation was used to punish.
Cops, DWIs, and Videotape: Proposed N.C. law would require police to record DWI arrests from start to finish.
Cops, DWIs, and Videotape: Proposed N.C. law would require police to record DWI arrests from start to finish. Howard Kurtz - 4/3/2013 Proposed legislation would require all stages of a DWI arrest to be videoed, but does the bill go far enough? Lawyers question why in 2013, all police cars aren't already equipped with dashboard cameras.
The Best Opinion Ever
The Best Opinion Ever Howard Kurtz - 10/8/2012 The Court in United States v Sowards lays down the law when it comes to whether an officer can use an unsupported guess whether someone is speeding a few miles over the limit. This is one of the best and most amusing opinions ever. Here are some of the highlights.
What To Do If Investigated: Press Release Article
What To Do If Investigated: Press Release Article Howard Kurtz - 9/19/2012 See what our Raleigh criminal lawyers have to say about what you should do if you are investigated by the police. Did you know that over 2,000 people have been completely exonerated since 1989? Can you imagine they did 10,000 years in prison for crimes they didn't commit?
Labor Day Means DWI Danger
Labor Day Means DWI Danger Howard Kurtz - 8/30/2012 License checkpoints and DWI roadblocks will be all over Wake County this Labor Day. Be careful before driving if you have had anything to drink. Read about what you can expect from the big DWI "Booze it and Lose it" campaign.

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