Archive for January 2013

Overview of Expungement Law in North Carolina

This is not legal advice, but merely offered for educational purposes. North Carolina expungement laws are somewhat complicated and hard to navigate. Consult a lawyer about whether you are eligible for an expungement. Expunction is the process by which you can remove arrests or convictions from your record. Until recently, North Carolina only permitted the…

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Should I hire a lawyer or get a court appointed lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer is a difficult decision. Many people are intimidated or nervous when first talking to a lawyer. If you call us, you will talk to a legal assistant who will answer basic questions and, if you wish, schedule an appointment, or you will talk directly with a Raleigh criminal lawyer. We offer free…

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Fixing Our Broken Driving License Regime

North Carolina recognizes a privilege, not a right, to drive on its roads. This is true of most states, but in North Carolina the failure to be properly licensed can create significant hardships to the unsuspecting. For instance, I’ve seen people walk into court and plead guilty to a single instance of a Driving While…

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How can I avoid the sex offender registry?

North Carolina, like all states, has a sex offender registry. Registration is mandatory if convicted of certain offenses, including misdemeanor sexual battery, indecent liberties with a child, and violent rapes. For less serious felonies and non-violent sex offenses, the minimum term of registration is 10 years. The North Carolina sex offender registry imposes certain requirements,…

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Can I go to jail for a misdemeanor in North Carolina?

We’ve handled hundreds of misdemeanors and the most common question is, can I go to jail for a misdemeanor? The answer is, as with everything in the law, it depends. First, what is a misdemeanor? A misdemeanor in North Carolina is a low level crime. It is still serious in that a misdemeanor conviction is…

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A Victory Against the IRS – Licensing and Tax Preparers

In a remarkable ruling, a federal district court judge in Washington, DC struck down new regulations imposed last year by the IRS upon up to 350,000 tax preparers, ranging from “mom and pop” preparers to employees of large tax preparation services such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt. The lawsuit against the IRS was filed…

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How much time can I serve for a Raleigh shoplifting charge?

Most people think of shoplifting charges as minor charges. When they’re caught at the Crabtree Valley Mall, or Cary Town Center or one of the local Kohls, Wal-Marts or Targets, they suddenly realize just how terrible these charges can be, not just for their freedom, but also to their future job prospects. An arrest is…

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How will the new gun bans affect me?

I’ve written previously about North Carolina gun laws that can affect the ownership, use, and possession of guns. People convicted of felonies are prohibited from owning, possessing or carrying weapons or ammunition under North Carolina and federal criminal law. In addition, federal laws make it illegal for someone convicted of certain Domestic Violence offenses from…

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How can I find out if someone is in the Wake County Jail?

If someone is arrested for a crime in Wake County, they will be taken to the Wake County Detention Center at 3400 Hammond Road for processing. The facility, which was expanded and opened in 2012, holds the bulk of pre-trial detainees or inmates in Wake County. It also holds federal detainees who are being detained…

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