Archive for September 2010

Does a .08 BAC compel a guilty verdict in a DWI in NC?

North Carolina’s DWI statute – NCGS 20-138.1 – provides the State with three possibilities in convicting a person of Driving While Impaired in North Carolina.  The State can either convict the person upon a showing that the person had a .08 or above Blood Alcohol Concentration at a relevant time after driving, that the person…

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Criminal Calendaring in North Carolina

Calendaring is the process by which a case is set for a hearing or trial.  Calendaring is crucial to the overall outcome of the case because if one party controls the calendar, that party may be able to speed up or slow down the case to that party’s advantage.  In civil cases in North Carolina,…

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Brief Overview of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud in NC

As in all states, it is illegal in North Carolina to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.  North Carolina’s General Statutes (NCGS 90-108(a)(10) defines the act, thusly: “To acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;” If the person has done this intentionally, NCGS 90-108(b) defines the act…

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Paris Hilton’s Number 1 Mistake

Paris Hilton was arrested this weekend for allegedly possessing .8 grams of cocaine. That would be felony possession in North Carolina. Paris could’ve saved herself some grief, however, by not saying anything. Had she kept quiet – and been polite to police – she would’ve prevented the police from collecting any additional evidence – i.e.,…

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What is the Difference Between a Lawyer and an Attorney?

As the term is generally used in common day language, there is no difference between a lawyer or attorney. The terms are interchangeable, and mean the same thing. But the Associated Press Stylebook says that: A generic term for all members of the bar. An attorney is someone legally appointed or empowered to act for…

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How can a Raleigh DWI Lawyer help you?

If you’ve been stopped for a DWI or Drunk Driving offense, there are several important steps you can take to help yourself immediately. Call (919) 352-9411 to talk to a professional DWI lawyer in Raleigh. First, you may be able to get limited driving privileges as soon as 10 days after your arrest. Your DWI lawyer…

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Raleigh DWI Lawyer: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test

The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test – also known as the eye test or finger test – is considered the most reliable of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests conducted on the roadside to determine whether a driver is impaired. If you’ve been stopped for a DWI in North Carolina, call (919) 352-9411. The HGN is not a…

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