Archive for November 2010

Five Steps to Avoid Drug Charges at a Music Concert

Concerts can be a lot of fun. A chance to see a band like Phish or Widespread Panic or any number of other bands that come through Raleigh, North Carolina. Good music, good friends. But concerts can also lead to legal problems. Police – particularly drug and narcotics police and alcohol enforcement agents – know…

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A Free Consultation with a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

I offer free consultations with all of my clients. Many of these free consultations take place on the phone. Others occur in my office. Whether they are on the phone or in my office, my goal is to give my client or potential client as much information as I can to answer as many questions…

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DWI: A common crime, an out-of-control industry

In the late 1970s, it became apparent to people not just in the United States but in other parts of the world that too many people were dying on the roads as a result of drunk driving.  Because the United States is such a large country and most people rely upon their cars to travel…

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Immigration

What happens when a criminal lawyer does not fully inform his client of the immigration consequences of a conviction? That lawyer has committed the sin of ineffective assistance of counsel. The Supreme Court held recently in Padilla v. Kentucky that a criminal lawyer must give accurate advice regarding the potential consequences of an immigration conviction.…

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North Carolina Court Costs as of October 2010

North Carolina Criminal Costs have increased as of October 1, 2010. These are the costs that a person pays upon being found guilty or pleading guilty or receiving a PJC from a court in North Carolina. These costs are paid to the court the day judgment is entered, although your lawyer may be able to…

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How can I get a misdemeanor larceny off my record?

In North Carolina, you can only remove a misdemeanor conviction for larceny from your record if the offense was committed prior to your 18th birthday. If you were convicted of the misdemeanor larceny, and were older than 18 years at the time of the offense, then you can apply for an expungement, but must wait…

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