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North Carolina Restraining Order: How Will It Impact Your Divorce?

A North Carolina restraining order between spouses is called a domestic violence protective order. When a spouse obtains a protective order against the other spouse, the order can potentially affect every aspect of a subsequent divorce. The effect in… Read More
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Can You Use a Cell Phone While Driving? (North Carolina Distracted Driving Laws)

If you live in North Carolina, or reside elsewhere and visit the Outer Banks or another part of the state, you need to be completely familiar with our state laws that limit cell phone use while driving. The laws prohibit specific uses of a handheld d… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
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What Is a Quiet Title Action For Real Estate?

In North Carolina, complex laws govern ownership and transfer of real estate. Occasionally, legal issues regarding the title to specific property arise because more than one person claims to have an interest in the property. When that occurs, an owne… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law
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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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Categories: Criminal Defense
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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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Categories: Criminal Defense
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Child Visitation During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) — 3 Guidelines to Follow

Parents in North Carolina are struggling with many worries during the coronavirus pandemic. For divorced and separated parents, a common issue is how to handle visitation of a child. Clear guidance comes from the state’s laws and courts. The single… Read More
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When Can You Sue Your Employer or a Third Party for Work Injuries?

If you receive on-the-job injuries, you may wonder if you can sue your employer. Under North Carolina law, if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance that covers your injuries, the general rule is that you cannot sue your employer. There… Read More
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Categories: Personal Injury
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Relocation of Children After a North Carolina Divorce

After parents divorce and resolve custody matters, what happens if a parent wishes to relocate a child? If North Carolina is the home state of the child, state courts have jurisdiction over issues relating to the relocation of children. A court will… Read More
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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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Categories: Criminal Defense
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Annulment of a Marriage in North Carolina

Laws in the State of North Carolina provide two legal processes for requesting a court to declare the end of a marriage: divorce and annulment. While most people understand divorce proceedings, there are many misconceptions about annulment of a marri… Read More
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