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April 2015 Archives

Are North Carolina citizens at risk when taping a police encounter?

Its seems that, almost on a daily basis, cellphone recordings of questionable police encounters are being broadcast far and wide on television and the Internet. One recent and particularly jarring example of such an encounter involved cellphone footage of a police officer shooting and killing an unarmed man as he attempted to flee on foot after a traffic stop.

DWI on a horse? Segway? Bicycle? Skateboard?

A Kentucky man - barechested, of course - was arrested for DWI on a horse.  He goes by the alias "Mike Bicycle" and was alleged to have said "I didn't do shit, I was just riding my horse".  Booking photos show a well tattooed but otherwise flaccid torso.  

Life sentence for burglary conviction upheld in North Carolina

Theft crime accusations are serious. Even if you were recently charged with a crime -- and think that the sentence will be rather light --, the advice remains the same: Contact an attorney as soon as you are charged, or if you have reason to believe you will be charged. 

Weapons, including firearms, found at Charlotte Douglas Airport

A recent Charlotte Observer article was published about the prevalence of weapons, particularly  firearms, being found in carry on luggage at Charlotte Douglas Airport.  This is actually quite common where an otherwise law abiding citizen forgets that their weapon or firearm is in their luggage, perhaps because they did not clean out their bags after coming back from hunting or the gun range.  This offense has criminal and civil implications.  The hapless traveler can be charged with the crimes of Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Gun) or Possession of Firearm on City Property or both.  That can result in a criminal record and the likely revocation of a CCW permit.  In certain circumstances, it can result in felony prosecution, jail and/or probation.  On the civil side, it may also cause fines to be levied by the TSA, getting placed on the no-fly list or a ban from a certain airline or airport.  

Defending against charges and allegations of domestic violence

Domestic violence is a serious issue and all allegations of domestic violence should be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. Law enforcement officials in North Carolina are often swift to take action when responding to calls involving possible acts of domestic violence and those accused of committing acts of intimidation or violence may face criminal charges. Additionally, even in cases where no criminal charges are filed, state law allows individuals who claim to have suffered acts of domestic violence to file for a civil protective order or a 50-B.

For commercial drivers, strict DUI laws

If you are a commercial driver in North Carolina, your commercial driver's license (CDL) is your livelihood. Any serious traffic violation, including a DWI, can put your license and your job in jeopardy. To protect yourself while driving in or through North Carolina, it is important to understand the laws you are required to adhere to.

North Carolina and driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) charges

Criminal charges related to driving under the influence most often relate to individuals who are believed to be under the influence of alcohol. However, DUI charges may also result in cases where a driver is believed to be under the influence of drugs. In North Carolina, a driver who is found to be under the influence of a Schedule 1 controlled substance or "other impairing substances," will face criminal charges related to driving under the influence of drugs or DUID.

Meet the Office Mascots

  • Sir Winston Churchill Connelly is a red Labradoodle bred from a mahogany miniature French Poodle and a red English Lab. He is doted upon by staff and clients alike, stealing their hearts with his sweet disposition. More Photos

  • Dustye is a gaited (also known as racking) Registered Tennessee Walking Horse. He is a sweet tempered, playful, noble buckskin who loves to give rides to kids. More Photos