Archive for November 2015

The Mythical Wet Reckless

If you encounter a lawyer who is vague about whether you can get a wet reckless in Wake County, you are talking to someone who merely wants to take your money for crappy legal representation.

Read More

An Open Letter to Dorothy Depalo: Re: Infilaw

Dorothy Depalo works for Infilaw. Infilaw doesn’t really have anything to do with the law, other than it’s a private equity company that owns a bunch of ABA-accredited law schools. Dorothy sent me an email earlier today asking for my considered opinion on a variety of Infilaw company “law schools”. Naturally, I rated them all…

Read More

Liar Liar, Pants on Fire: How Many Times has Pat Camden Lied before?

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden lied to reporters when he told the Chicago Tribune last October that seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald lunged at police, thereby justifying their shooting him 16 times. We know that was a lie because Chicago finally, after a year, and at the demand of the state judge, released the…

Read More

Resolving Old Cases and Expunging Others

The holidays are a time to take stock: figure out how the last year has gone, and maybe think about taking care of an old legal issue, or start thinking about getting a new job. We tend to see a lot of calls around the holidays from people who want to sort out an old…

Read More

Aid and Abet DWI Charges in North Carolina

In North Carolina, even if you are not the one behind the wheel during a drunk driving incident, you can still be criminally charged. It’s a shocking charge called “Aid and Abet DWI” and is applicable to a passenger in a vehicle that is being driven by a drunk driver. The claim by law enforcement…

Read More

Alternatives to Jail for Repeat DWI Offenders

South Dakota, Montana, Florida, and a handful of other states have implemented an alternative program to jail time for repeat DWI offenders. The program focuses on prevention rather than punishment by requiring repeat offenders to report to a testing survey site twice a day to blow into a breathalyzer. As long as they pass, they…

Read More

Sexting vs. Child Pornagraphy – What’s the Difference?

North Carolina has made national news in the past few months over a case of two teenagers sexting nude photos to each other in area near Raleigh. The teenagers were boyfriend and girlfriend and they knowingly and consensually took these photos of themselves and sent them to each other. The result? Each was charged with…

Read More

The Punishment for A DWI Conviction in North Carolina

Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of the harshest states in the country in terms of DWI sentencing, and Wake County in particular has extremely stringent policies about how DWI’s are handled. Specifically, in Wake County there are no plea bargains offered for a driving while impaired offense meaning that if you’ve been charged with a…

Read More

School of Government: We Take No Position

The School of Government has announced that it takes no position on whether one party should have control of the criminal calendar in North Carolina. This comes at the end of a long post by Jeff Welty in which he asserts that North Carolina prosecutors don’t have complete control of the calendar, and North Carolina…

Read More

Vigorous Debate and Protest: Democracy in Action

When I was at Penn and an editor at The Daily Pennsylvanian, I had a minor role in defending some jerk who yelled Water Buffalo at some other students. Now I see a lot of hand-wringing about the “kids these days” at Yale who are up in arms at an email sent around about Halloween…

Read More