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What to Expect in DWI Court
What is Impaired Driving?  How Does it Work?  What to Expect in DWI Court?

If you have been charged with driving while impaired (DWI) in Eastern North Carolina, you are likely nervous about your upcoming day in court. Not knowing what to expect in court likely fuels this nervousness along with the prospect of facing steep fines and potentially having your driver’s license suspended.

DWI cases are both serious and can carry long-term consequences – Danny Glover 

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.

Teenage Drinking and the Law
What’s a Parent to Do?  Teenage Drinking and the Law

By age 18, 70 percent of Americans have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.By age 18, 70 percent of Americans have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That teens and young adults under the age of 21 drink alcohol is no secret.

In fact, it was not long ago that the legal drinking age in many states was 18.

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.

There are numerous “monitoring” options available for courts and Judges to impose upon people convicted of DWIs in North Carolina.  At this point, North Carolina DWI laws require the installation of an ignition interlock following a DWI conviction in several instances, including if you blow higher than .14, or if you have a prior DWI conviction in the past 7 years.  In addition, N.C. law continues to increase a Judge’s authorization to require use of a CAM (continuous alcohol monitor), as explained here.

Several states, including South Dakota and Montana, have adopted a new type of program called 24/7 Sobriety.  Basically, every person convicted of a DWI is required to go to a facility and take a breath test twice per day.  If the person fails the test, the person goes to jail.  Now apparently Florida is considering it, too.  But would it work in North Carolina?

I have a number of observations about this program.

Northeastern North Carolina is a waterman’s paradise. From the North River, to the Currituck Sound, to the Albemarle Sound, to the Pamilico Sound, to the Pasquotank River, to the Perquimans River, to the Chowan River, to the Atlantic Ocean via Oregon Inlet or out of Hatteras, there are miles and miles of water fun to enjoy.  However, there are numerous boating and water laws that you must obey, including laws involving alcohol. Violations of these laws can result in criminal charges if you are convicted of a DWI while boating in North Carolina.

Law Enforcement and Alcohol Consumption While Boating in North Carolina

While it is perfectly legal for you and your passengers to consume alcohol on the boat, even while it is in operation, it is illegal to operate a boat while impaired. Nautical law enforcement officers, such as game wardens, Marine Fisheries officer, the U.S. Coast Guard and federal wildlife officers, are all authorized to stop and board vessels on the water, and other law enforcement officers are authorized to stop you at the boat ramp and parking lots.

(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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