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Notice Requirement for Ag…

Notice Requirement for Aggravating Factors in a DWI Case

If you face a Driving While Impaired (DWI) charge in district court, the charging document does not disclose the level of sentencing that may be imposed on conviction. Aggravating factors can significantly increase the maximum sentence on a defendant… Read More
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What’s the Difference B…

What’s the Difference Between Federal and State Drug Charges?

Drug arrests in North Carolina can be based on either state or federal law. In some circumstances, an initial state charge may even change to a federal charge during the investigation. It’s important to understand the difference between federal and… Read More
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Can an Off-Duty Police Of…

Can an Off-Duty Police Officer Arrest You in North Carolina?

When an off-duty police officer makes an arrest, one of the first questions to ask is whether the off-duty officer had the authority to make the arrest. While issues about the officer’s status and authority depend significantly on the actual situat… Read More
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Use of the Justification Defense in a North Carolina Charge of Firearm Possession By a Felon

North Carolina law prohibits firearm possession by a person convicted of a felony. While federal courts and many other state courts recognize justification as a defense to this type of gun possession charge, North Carolina courts previously did not r… Read More
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Can You Refuse to Take a North Carolina DWI Breath or Blood Test?

The state laws that apply to charges for DWI (Driving While Impaired) in North Carolina are extremely complex. One particular issue that frequently leads to questions relates to whether you can refuse to take a DWI breath or blood test. The simple an… Read More
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Defending Against a North Carolina DWI Arrest

North Carolina DWI charges are serious matters. Regardless of whether you are a resident of the state or a visitor, the impact of a guilty plea or conviction can be substantial. In addition to the possible penalties, a DWI conviction on your record c… Read More
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Federal Criminal Charges for State Law Violations Under the Assimilative Crimes Act

The United States government owns a number of wildlife refuges, parks, memorials, and military bases in northeastern North Carolina. If you commit a crime on any of this federally-owned property, a federal law called the Assimilative Crimes Act autho… Read More
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North Carolina DWI Check Point

Understanding North Carolina DWI Laws and Penalties

North Carolina residents and visitors who drive in the state need to be aware of the serious legal implications of operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The applicable North Carolina law is called Impaired Driving. The charge i… Read More
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Defending Against a North Carolina Domestic Violence Protective Order / DVPO

If a North Carolina court issues a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) against you, the court order must be taken very seriously. Failing to comply with the order can result in criminal charges being filed against you. The proceedings may also… Read More
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North Carolina Learner Permits: Teens with car

How to Get — and Keep — a Learner Permit for a Teen Driver in North Carolina

The state legislature and Department of Transportation (NCDOT), through the Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV), regulate issuance of all driver licenses in North Carolina. Individuals over age 18 may apply for either a standard Driver License or stan… Read More
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