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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.
A Scanner Darkly: New Tracking Technology Comes to Raleigh
A Scanner Darkly: New Tracking Technology Comes to Raleigh Howard Kurtz - 9/26/2014 Although not expressly mentioned in the Constitution, the right to privacy is considered by many to be one of the most fundamental rights we have as American citizens. While technological advancements can make our lives easier, they can also make it easier for our privacy to be infringed upon. When does effective use of technology by law enforcement cross the line?
Federal Lawsuit Could Mean Big Changes to DMV Medical Evaluation Program
Federal Lawsuit Could Mean Big Changes to DMV Medical Evaluation Program Howard Kurtz - 8/29/2014 When people think of fun activities, a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles would likely be far down on the list. Dealing with the DMV can be a hassle at the best of times, but most people take comfort in the fact that it is something that they rarely have to do. Unfortunately, disabled people who find themselves enrolled in the DMV's Medical Evaluation Program do not have that luxury. Howard Kurtz explains why that might be changing.
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.
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.
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.

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