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Can The Police Search My Car?

What is Consent?  Can The Police Search My Car?

One of the most common scenarios that our clients face is getting into trouble for things found in their car or truck as a result of a traffic stop. 

Typically, people get pulled over for non-criminal things like:

Tens of thousands of students enroll every year in colleges and universities throughout North Carolina, with the goal of earning a college degree and working towards a fulfilling career. Anyone who is familiar with the college campus scene, however, is aware that it can be full of never-before seen temptations, and one bad decision or mistake can derail all your hopes and dreams.

student-drug-charges-icon-e1451994613707If you are a North Carolina high school student or college student facing drug charges, the outcome of any criminal charges brought against you will have a major impact on your future. It is important to have a lawyer experienced at handling drug charges to stand up for you.

College students charged with drug crimes face very serious consequences. A conviction can easily spell the loss of eligibility for financial aid, the loss of job opportunities, and more. Don’t let being arrested end your dreams of attending and graduating from college. We aggressively represent students who are facing drug charges throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Labor Day traditionally signals the end of the summer season here on the Outer Banks. As such, it is the time when people take one last opportunity for a summer vacation. They may visit family and friends, throw a backyard BBQ or, hopefully, head to Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Avon, Hatteras Village Ocracoke and all of our great Outer Banks destinations.

Since many of people’s Labor Day activities are of a celebratory nature, alcohol consumption is common among adults. Although responsible drinking over the holiday weekend is acceptable for many people, drinking and driving not only puts drivers, but many other innocent lives at risk.

According to USA Today, Labor Day is one of the U.S. holidays that ranks among the deadliest for drunk driving. In the past 20 years, between 400 and 450 people have lost their lives on average each year, and thousands of others have been injured in vehicle-related accidents taking place over the long Labor Day weekend. Many of these were victims of accidents in which alcohol played a key contributing role.


Modified Transcript of “How Do You Defend Guilty People?” for Hearing Impaired

As a criminal defense lawyer, a lot of times I’m asked, “How can you defend a guilty person?”  “How Do You Defend Guilty People?”

Well, our justice system is set up to where everyone needs a lawyer.

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, dedicated football fans across the nation have already begun planning their game-day parties and celebrations.  If you are thinking of going to a friend’s house, a local sports bar, or some other destination to watch the game, we recommend planning ahead, especially if you expect to consume alcohol.

Plan ahead.  It’s just not worth taking the chance – Danny Glover 

Super Bowl parties can get very exciting. It is not uncommon to get so enthralled in the game and social experience that you lose track of time and the number of drinks you have consumed. One drink turns into two, then three, then suddenly you are unable to remember how much you had to drink and when.

Felony Lawyer in Pasquotank Eastern North Carolina

If you have been charged with a felony, you may want to know the possible level of punishment associated with your criminal charge.

State Felony charges in North Carolina involve a complicated process of classification.  Offenses are categorized by seriousness utilizing a lettering system from “A” to “I,” where the most minor offenses are referred to as Class I felonies.

(This post pertains only to expunctions of North Carolina charges in North Carolina courts)

In this day and age, most employers, colleges and universities and military branches routinely run a criminal record check on applicants.  A person with a previous criminal charge on their record runs a much higher risk of rejection than someone with a clean record.  Expunctions, otherwise known as expungements, are a way to eliminate some of those previous charges and related information, in certain, limited circumstances, from appearing on a public record.  However, simply obtaining an expunction does not erase the fact that the previous charge, and the conduct which led to it, actually occurred.  So what, exactly, does an expunction accomplish?

North Carolina Expunction Statute

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