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Avoiding Trouble on the 4th of July

Keeping Your Independence Day Safe and Legal Independence Day is the quintessential summer holiday – a time for family get-togethers, backyard cookouts, and fireworks. Yet every year, thousands of people across the state of North Carolina find themselves ticketed or in jail because their festivities got out of hand. Here…

Warning to Teen Drivers: Texting Can Wait

North Carolina ranks fourth in the U.S. for car crashes. Among these cases are accidents resulting in teenage fatalities due to texting while driving. Cases like this require the services of an experienced Raleigh personal injury lawyer. According to a recent report at WNCN, nine percent more teens die from crashes…

N.C.’s Newest DWI Red Herring Proposed colored license plate legislation is a black mark against the North Carolina General Assembly People convicted with driving while impaired have long had to suffer stigma for their misjudgment. DWIs are among the most serious charges handled at the district court level by attorneys in North Carolina,…

Drug Dogs Bark as Bad as Bite

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Why the Supreme Court Still Has a Lot to Learn About Drug Detecting Dogs And why criminal lawyers need to pay close attention. In order for the police to search a vehicle without a warrant, they must have probable cause to do so. If there is no…

Dashboard Cameras and DWI Arrests Why aren’t all police cars already equipped with dashboard cameras? When it comes to defending individuals charged with driving while impaired (DWI), footage from the arresting law enforcement officer’s dashboard camera can be crucial to formulating legal strategy. The recordings taken by officers’ dash cams allow…

Contributory Negligence Law in North Carolina

Involved in an Accident in North Carolina? Contributory Negligence Law in NC and Personal Injury Law in Other Jurisdictions Contributory Negligence Let’s say you are involved in a car accident in North Carolina. You are injured and expect that you will be compensated for your injuries even if you were found partially…

NC Drivers With a CDL Cannot Be Punished Twice

Driver Holding CDL Cannot be Punished Twice for NC DWI In a recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals on January 15, 2013 in State v. McKenzie, the court held that a person who possesses a North Carolina commercial driver’s license (CDL) cannot be punished twice by having their CDL…