Kurtz & Blum Blog

Expelling Expunction Myths

Understanding Expunctions: A Quick Guide to Expunction Law in North Carolina There has been a lot of talk recently about changes that have been made to the laws governing expunctions in North Carolina. If you weren’t aware, an expunction is a procedure to “erase” the existence of a criminal charge from a…

Self-Defense Element in the Zimmerman Case

The trial of Florida volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin has taken another turn. Jurors heard testimonies from Sanford Police Department officer Doris Singleton and investigator Chris Serino as they recounted Zimmerman’s narrative of what happened on February 26, 2012. His written and…

Racial Justice Act Repealed in North Carolina

Last month, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a piece of legislation that will have grim repercussions on the lives of 153 people. The concerned are those on North Carolina’s death row—people who have been fighting for a reduction in their sentence under the Racial Justice Act. Essentially, this act allowed death-row…

Making Your Case against DWI

Being the mayor offers no exception against DWI cases in North Carolina—not even when you get a 0.00 on a breathalyzer test—so it’s always good to have a knowledgeable Raleigh DWI lawyer that you can trust. This is exactly what New Bern Mayor Lee W. Bettis Jr. showed when he was arrested…

Dubbed as one of the cities making up the Research Triangle, Raleigh knows the importance of handling sensitive information properly; when facing any legal battle in this city, you should therefore choose an experienced Raleigh lawyer who understands the value of your privacy. Americans are increasingly getting worried about the…

Fourteen months after the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, his case continues to make headlines. According to a CNN report, Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, has waived his right to a “stand your ground” pretrial hearing; his legal team has decided to argue self-defense instead. Last year, while on…