Facing Divorce? Take a Break From Social Media!

There are so many triggers during a divorce that will make you scramble for your phone to rant on Facebook or send out a couple tweets eviscerating something your ex did. And while your point may be completely valid, you need to resist that urge. Stay strong because the risk associated with blowing off some (more…)

Bond Forfeiture Process: Getting Started

In order to better understand North Carolina’s statute regarding Bond Forfeitures, it helps to first understand how the bond process works. It all starts when the presiding judge enters an order containing the criminal defendant’s bond amount. The criminal defendant has two choices from there: (1) she can wait in jail until her hearing, or (more…)

Bond Forfeitures: Diligent Bondsmen are Rewarded

Under N.C. Gen. Stat. 15A-544.1-544.8, Diligent Bondsmen are rewarded  by almost always getting their bonds back so long as they do what they are supposed to do under the statute. Bondsmen can accomplish this by filing what is called a “Motion to Set Aside” in which they ask the court to set aside the bonds (more…)

I fled to North Carolina with my child; Can I get custody?

Obtaining custody of your children can be a very worrying process, especially if your spouse or former spouse also wants custody. It is an even more stressful process if you have just left another state with your child for protection from your significant other. There are a few important things to understand about custody when (more…)

PROBATION VIOLATIONS

Many times, if someone is convicted of a crime, probation is one of the consequences that the person has to face. And, unfortunately, being on probation almost always sets someone up for failure because, if any of the terms and conditions of your probation are violated, you can be charged with a probation violation – (more…)

When can a child testify in a custody trial?

In a child custody case, the judge makes a decision based upon what he or she finds to be in “the best interest” of the minor child.  In making that determination, the court will consider any relevant evidence, including positive and negative things about both parents.  Additionally, in some circumstances, the court will even allow (more…)

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…)