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Sexual Battery

I was charged with sexual battery. What is that? A person is guilty of sexual battery if the person, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, engages in sexual contact with another person: (1) By force and against the will of the other person. In this…

Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill on December 19, 2017, cementing what is considered “the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code” in recent history. The bill impacts the most contentious points of taxation, such as greater tax cuts for corporations and business owners. It also significantly affects individual…

New Utah Law Sets State BAC Limit to Only .05%

Utah is not backing down from a tougher stance on drunk-driving, standing by a law it passed earlier in 2017 that brought the state’s maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) limit to 0.05%. The law, scheduled to take effect in 2018, will fine offenders over $1,300 and confiscate their licenses for…

The Dangers of Carfentanil as Opioid Deaths Explode

North Carolina already suffers from one of the worst opioid epidemics in the United States. Now, a deadly new mix of drugs is making a lethal substance even more dangerous. Carfentanil – a type of fentanyl used to tranquilize large animals – has been identified as a key ingredient in…

A study led by Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department shows that body cameras on police officers have not had “any statistically significant effect” on law enforcement officials use of force or citizen complaints. The results are bound to reopen debates about the policy, which was believed could help improve police…

How to Explain Divorce to Kids

As a caring family lawyer, I can help see you through divorce and many of the aspects of this difficult process. In this article, I’ll share more tips on how you can talk to your kids about divorce. Knowing how to explain it to children, and answer their questions, can…

The Charge of “Driving After Consuming”

You’ve heard of driving under the influence and driving while impaired – but if you’re under the age of 21 you may find yourself in need of a DWI attorney to handle DACs. Driving After Consuming (DAC) is a serious offense in North Carolina, separate from Driving While Impaired (DWI). Not long…

Organized Shoplifting Rings Are Going Mainstream

Shoplifting has plagued retail businesses for decades, but this year, it has loomed larger than ever. Authorities say shoplifters have increasingly become the engines of organized theft rings, which systematically ferry stolen goods from thieves to the “fencers” who knowingly resell them. Organized theft has also found a new niche in profiting…