Archive for January 2010

What is a DWI Charge?

A Driving While Impaired (DWI) charge is the State (in this case, the State of North Carolina) claiming that a driver has driven a vehicle on a street, highway, or public area while drunk or intoxicated.
A DWI charge almost always starts with a police officer claiming that he saw the driver driving a car while […]

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Have a DWI charge? Watch your Facebook posts!

If you’ve been charged with a Raleigh DWI, you certainly want to watch any internet postings you make on places such as Facebook, MySpace, or on blogs you might have. Why?
Because prosecutors and police can search for comments you’ve made as easily as anyone else. And sometimes those comments can get you into […]

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The Problem with Bail in the U.S. and Raleigh, NC

National Public Radio (NPR) has a great series on the problem of bail in the United States. The United States is one of the only industrialized countries that as a bail bond system. This is a system whereby private people – bail bondsman – serve as, in effect, policemen on behalf of the […]

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DWI vs. DUI. Is there a difference?

Different states call drunk driving by different names. Some states use the term “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI), and other states use the term “Driving While Impaired” or “Driving While Intoxicated” (DWI). Still other states have other acronyms, such as “Operating Under the Influence” (OUI).
It doesn’t matter what the offense is called. Each state […]

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Wake County Jail – New Annex – Hammond Road

I receive calls from Wake County Jails because I have a PayTel account. In case you were wondering, 919-256-6671 is a Wake County Jail number, from the New Annex on Hammond Road.
If you have any friends or family in jail who have not hired a lawyer and need representation, feel free to contact me at […]

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What to say to the police: NOTHING, NADA…

Fantastic video from a law professor and a criminal defense lawyer about why you should NEVER TALK TO POLICE:

This includes DWI cases in Raleigh! Do not talk to police. Please. Do your defense lawyer a favor, and don’t talk.
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Hiring a Good Raleigh DWI lawyer…

If you’ve recently been stopped for a DWI, you’ve probably received dozens – or hundreds – of letters from lawyers, advertising their services and their prices.
No lawyer can guarantee an outcome. Avoid letters where the lawyer promises a result. And just because you pay more for a lawyer doesn’t mean you’ll get a better […]

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Harassing Phone Calls – North Carolina

If you’ve been accused of making Harassing Phone Calls in Cary, Raleigh, or Apex, NC or any other part of the state of North Carolina, here is some information about the charge:
North Carolina makes it a crime for any person:
(1) To use in telephonic communications any words or language of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious […]

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Communicating Threats in North Carolina

A person is guilty of “communicating threats” in North Carolina – Raleigh, Cary, Apex or any other part of Wake County, included – if the person
(1) He willfully threatens to physically injure the person or that person’s child, sibling, spouse, or dependent or willfully threatens to damage the property of another;
(2) The threat is communicated […]

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