Archive for December 2011

Happy New Year and Don’t Drink And Drive

I represent a lot of people charged with DWIs. And a lot of DWIs are the result of holiday and New Year partying that leads to too much drinking, and far too much drinking and driving. If you do plan to drink, plan on a Designated Driver. Or hire a taxi. Or sleep at a…

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North Carolina Expungements

The gold standard in the resolution of a criminal case is an expungement, which involves a removal of the record of the arrest (or conviction, in certain cases) from most of the state’s files, including public records. Article 5 of Chapter 15A of the North Carolina General Statutes governs expungements, and is quite complicated. N.C.G.S.…

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NC DWI Laws and Administrative Codes

I’ve assembled here various laws and codes relating to North Carolina Driving While Impaired (DWI) Law: N.C.G.S. 20-138.1 is the Impaired Driving statute that makes it a crime to “drive” (which means, operates) any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within North Carolina: While under the influence of an impairing…

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Concealed Carry Permits in North Carolina

People eligible to carry handguns concealed can apply for permits in North Carolina. The details on how to apply for a concealed carry permit in Wake County are available here. In North Carolina, the fact that you’re a concealed carry permit holder is a public record. More than 240,000 North Carolinians have applied for and…

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DWI and the Intox EC/IR II

Let’s imagine you had a device – we’ll call it a breathalyzer – into which you could have people blow and claim to definitively establish what that person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was for court purposes. Let’s imagine that over time this device became obsolete, and you developed a new, better device. When describing the…

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Raleigh Drug Lawyer: Handling a Drug Case in North Carolina

If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in North Carolina, it’s possible for you to be charged under a number of different statutes: Misdemeanor Drug Laws Felony Drug Laws Felony Drug Trafficking Laws Federal Drug Laws and Federal Drug Trafficking Laws If you are accused of trafficking in drugs or conspiracy to traffic in…

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Drug Laws: Banning Brain Stimulants

Earlier this year, North Carolina banned bath salts and synthetic marijuana after media reports suggesting an increase in deaths as a result of overdoses. The reports were overblown – overdoses have been rare. 4-methylmethcathinone (also known as mephedrone, sold as “Plant food”): – Class I Felony 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (also known as MDPV, sold as “Bath Salts”);…

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Liability for Crimes

Sometimes people are surprised that they may be implicated in a criminal act, even though they weren’t necessarily involved in all aspects of the crime. Liability for crimes can extend to everyone involved in various aspects of the crime, and can extend through time to involve aiding and abetting, accessory after the fact, and conspiracy.…

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