What Happens When Your License is Suspended

A driver’s license suspension can disrupt your entire life. You may have trouble getting to work, picking up your children, and completing errands. You suddenly realize that you’ve taken the privilege of driving for granted, and you want to make sure you get your license back as quickly as possible and keep it for good. (more…)

New North Carolina Expunction Law

Recently, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 445 into law. This law has a major impact on those who have past criminal records in North Carolina. An expungement is a process that one can go through in order to get certain past criminal charges and/or convictions off their criminal record. There are very (more…)

Pre-trial Limited Driving Privilege for a DWI Charge

In North Carolina, when an individual is charged with a DWI, their license is taken for 30 days. This is what is called a “30-day Civil Revocation.” During this period, the defendant cannot operate a motor vehicle or they will be charged with a Driving While License Revoked.   There are no exceptions to this (more…)

Why Is My Child Charged As An Adult?

In North Carolina a child who commits or violates a criminal law of the state may be charged as an adult in several situations.  This may be contrary to what you have read elsewhere online, and that is because North Carolina is one of only two states remaining where 16 year olds are automatically charged (more…)

What To Do If You Get A Traffic Citation In Another State

It happens, you are on vacation, or visiting family in another state, you might be unfamiliar with the area or you might be lost, and you weren’t paying close attention to the signs.  The police stop you for speeding, or making an illegal turn, and it ruins your vacation. Nobody wants to get a traffic (more…)

Traffic Stops and the 4th Amendment

When the framers of the constitution drafted the 4th amendment, it is safe to say they could not anticipate the invention of the automobile and certainly not their essential function in the daily life of Americans. Fortunately, the constitution was designed as a fluid instrument, as to prevent the government from denying essential protections to (more…)

Juvenile Prosecution In NC

New York recently passed legislation that modified its juvenile laws, and NC is now the only state remaining that generally treats all 16 and 17-year-old persons as adults when charged with a criminal offense.  Juvenile court has jurisdiction over offenses alleged to have been committed prior to a child’s 16th birthday; after age 16, the minor (more…)

Fentanyl and the Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid epidemic ravishing the youth of this country has taken a turn for the worse in the last two years. Overdose rates have increased in men and women of all ethnicities, starting as young as age 15. In 2015, 33,091 individuals died of a fatal opioid overdose and that number has been rising among (more…)

Sex Offenders and the Internet

A North Carolina law limiting access to social media sites for sex offenders made national news this month as it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Packinham v. North Carolina. The law made it a felony for registered sex offenders to access any social networking site where they knew minor children were “allowed (more…)

Have you been drinking? Don’t ride your bicycle home!

Did you know in North Carolina that you can be charged with a DWI on a bicycle? Under the North Carolina General Statute 20-4.01(49): “Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon (more…)