Brock Turner Sentencing & NC

Recently, there has been a public outrage regarding the recent sentencing of a sexual assault conviction by Judge Aaron Persky of California.  Judge Aaron Persky of Santa Clary County, California sentenced Brock Turner, a twenty year old swimmer of the prestigious Stanford University, to a six months jail sentence for the January 2015 sexual assault (more…)

Overview of DUI’s in North Carolina

In North Carolina, Driving Under the Influence is treated differently than any other crime in the state. DUI’s have their own sentencing guidelines and the impaired driving laws are constantly changing. If you find yourself charged with Driving Under the Influence, it is imperative to hire a knowledgeable attorney because a lot is at stake. (more…)

Finding Love Abroad – The K Visa

What is it? If you are in a serious romantic relationship with a United States Citizen and plan on getting married there is a legal way for you to enter the United States.  A K-1 Visa, also known as a Fiancé(e) Visa, is a nonimmigrant visa issued to the fiancé(e) of a United States citizen. (more…)

DRIVING AFTER CONSUMING WHILE UNDER AGE 21: PUNISHMENT AND POSSIBILITIES

A conviction for driving by a person less than 21 years old while consuming alcohol or after consuming alcohol with any amount remaining in the driver’s system is a Class 2 misdemeanor. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-138.3(c).  Where the Defendant has no prior conviction, a Class 2 misdemeanor carries with it a sentence of 1 (more…)

The Importance of Appointing a Guardian for Minor Children

Parenting is always worrying about your children, what they’re into now and what they’ll face in the future. Where will she get her education? When is he going to figure out a plan? Actually, where in the heck are they right now? Your life is a balancing act between all of the wonderful things that (more…)

ASSET PRECAUTIONS DURING SEPARATION: PENDING WRITTEN AGREEMENT OR COURT ORDER

If you are currently separated from your spouse and intending divorce, it is likely that you have been concerned with assets, divisions, and the ownership status of various forms of property you may own. While it is easy to get buried in the ever-lengthy equitable distribution affidavit often required of you in a contested divorce (more…)

Recovering Under An Uninsured Motorist Policy

In a perfect world, every time there is an automobile accident, the person at fault has insurance to cover whatever damage they may have caused.  However, this is not the reality of many accidents in North Carolina.  In 2012, it was estimated that 12.4% of drivers in the United States did not have insurance.  Given (more…)

If You Earned It, You Deserve It

Under N.C.G.S. § 95-25.6, North Carolina requires employers to pay their employees the wages they earn. If your employer has wrongfully withheld your money, or if you have been fired and the employer refuses to pay you what you earned, then you can file suit against them. In fact, your employer is still required to (more…)

Probate in North Carolina

If you’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, chances are you’ll experience some form of probate or estate administration.  Sometimes this can be a vey straightforward process, but at other times it can be rather complex and time consuming.  It is helpful to understand some of the various types of probate in North Carolina. (more…)

Health Care Directives and Planning for the Future

Who will make your healthcare decisions when you are no longer able?  What plans do you need to make to ensure that your end of life transitions are peaceful and uninterrupted?  When is the right time to start thinking about these types of questions? NOW is the answer.  We are all growing older each day, (more…)