Archive for August 2012

The Terrible Legal Market

First, congratulations to those who passed the North Carolina Bar. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends. Last year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American economy created 25,000 new jobs requiring a JD. More than 40,000 graduated from law school. That same imbalance was true, more or less, of 2008, 2009, 2010,…

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United States Imprisons More People than China or Russia

The United States has just 4.5 percent of the world’s population, but accounts for about 23 percent of the world’s post-trial imprisoned population. With 1.6 million post-conviction inmates (which does not account for all the people on probation or in pre-trial detention), the United States’ most unique feature is the extent to which the federal…

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Why Does Your DWI Take So Long?

So many DWI arrests in North Carolina involve blood draws. A blood draw might happen because a drug other than alcohol is suspected of causing impairment. Or because the person refuses to blow into a machine, and a warrant is taken out for a blood draw. Or the person has been involved in accident and…

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What is Appreciable Impairment?

In order to prove a DWI charge, the state of North Carolina must prove three things: that the person charged with the crime of driving while impaired was, on the date alleged:   first, driving a vehicle second, driving the vehicle upon a street, highway, or public vehicular area and third, either had any amount…

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Firearm by Felon Convictions Overturned

A federal judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled on Friday that a man convicted of a federal firearm by felon charge should be released from prison. The ruling comes in the wake of U.S. v. Simmons, 649 F.3d 237 (2011), a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals case decided in August 2011 that…

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Practicing Dietetics Without a License

Is posting advice on a blog about diets a criminal offense? In North Carolina it may be. Consider the case of Steve Cooksey who practices and preaches the cave man diet – a diet that focuses on eating only foods that would’ve been available to prehistoric peoples. Lots of meat and greens, no bread or…

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Targeted by a Scam? Don’t Give out Personal Information

Unfortunately there are criminals out there… people who will call you on the phone, pretend to be lawyers, or bill collectors, or debt collection agencies, and who attempt to extract information from you. Sometimes these criminals will pretend to be lawyers or from law offices. Many law offices – including The Chetson Firm – have…

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Domestic Violence and No Contact Orders

North Carolina, like most states, has special laws that govern crimes committed between people who have had a past or current intimate, familial, or dating relationship. These laws govern both heterosexual and same-sex relationships, although the recent passage of Amendment One (banning gay marriage in North Carolina) has put some of these laws in doubt…

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