Motion for Appropriate Relief

North Carolina has a statute that allows post-conviction challenges to a conviction or a sentence.  Often times, this device is used when a person wants a court reconsider the conviction.  For example, if a person simply pays a traffic ticket, but then experiences the ill effects of rising insurance costs and difficulties with employment, then (more…)

Driving While License Revoked

A driver’s license is something most people depend on every day. We often take this privilege for granted and fail to realize just how important it is until it is taken from us.  When you need to make it to work or pick up a sick child from school- your driver’s license is essential. The (more…)

Marital Misconduct in North Carolina

There is a common misconception among separated individuals when it comes to marital infidelity.  Many people believe that if they can prove the other spouse had an affair, they can take all the property, get custody of the children, get tons of child support, and get a boatload of alimony forever.  However, this simply is (more…)

Synthetic Drugs and Federal Laws

Over the last five years, there has been an explosion of new synthetic drugs in the marketplace that provide consumers with a ‘legal’ high without the need of back alley deals to buy marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamines.  Even recently, these man-made drugs could be purchased at local gas stations, smoke shops or convenience stores with (more…)

Revocable Trusts

A lot of people hear the term “trust” and think that it is a legal device used only by the ultra-wealthy, but nothing could be farther from the truth.  Many people uses living trusts or revocable trusts as a better method than a simple will to deal with property during and after death.  There are (more…)

North Carolina District Court Criminal Mediation

While going to trial is probably the way most people envision solving a dispute (and is probably the most traditional way people envision criminal matters being settled), in some situations, mediation may be the best possible route for all involved parties.  Mediation is “a process where an impartial third party promotes an exchange among the (more…)

Possession and N.C.G.S. §90-96

North Carolina General Statute §90-96 is one of the most used statutes for criminal defendants facing drug possession charges. The statute is entitled “Conditional discharge for first offense.” Before understanding how and why it is used, it is important to look at who it is available for. There are three basic requirements to meet before (more…)

Are you getting divorced in South Carolina?

A divorce in South Carolina is the process through which married persons seek a ruling by the Family Court to dissolve their marriage. The result of a South Carolina divorce is that the parties are no longer married but the law recognizes that they were at one time married (as opposed to an annulment where (more…)

Separation and Divorce

A separation or divorce is one of the toughest decisions you will make whether you have children or not. Once you decide to do so, your next decision is to find the right family law attorney. In most separations and divorces, understanding your legal rights and the potential legal fees are the next reality. It (more…)

Do You Know Where Your Will Is?

In the legal world, photocopies and digital copies are very common and generally accepted as “legal” for most purposes.  However, in some circumstances the original is required.  An individual’s last will and testament is one such circumstance.  Upon death of an individual, in order to probate a will, the original document must be presented to (more…)