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Archive for September 2015

How to Beat a DWI Checkpoint Case in NC

DWI checkpoint cases are a thorn in the side of many a Raleigh DWI lawyer. Some defenses are not available in checkpoint cases as in other normal cases. But checkpoint cases are also unique in that there are specific requirements that do not exist for regular DWI stops. In a “regular” DWI, the officer needs…

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Factors in DWI Sentencing

One of the primary questions we get when someone has been charged with a DWI in Raleigh, NC or the surrounding areas is, “Am I going to jail?” While the answer to that question is usually, “No,” it is important to understand how DWI sentencing works in North Carolina. As has been discussed in other…

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How to Fix DWI’s in Wake County

Wake County associated law enforcement officers charge and exorbitant number of DWIs each year. Most law and order folks are probably thinking, “Good, we don’t need drunks on the road.” But if you are one of the many that have been charged, you might be thinking, “The way these things are handled is not fair.”…

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Damon Chetson – Rising Star in Criminal Defense

Happy to announce that I've been selected for a second straight year as a Super Lawyer / Rising Star in North Carolina. I was selected in 2015 for the first time. And, a division of the well-respected Thompson Reuters legal publishing company, has selected me again as a 2016 Rising Star. There are many…

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The Bail Reform Act’s Pernicious Effects

Pre-trial detention is among the most misunderstood and abused aspects of the criminal justice system. Whether a person is detained or not, and the conditions under which a person is released, often sets the stage for the outcome of the case. It is now widely understood that a detained person is far more likely to…

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