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Guarantee results such as a dismissal of a case or a reduction of case - A lawyer cannot promise a result. It is ethically prohibited as well as impossible as a practical matter. No lawyer can tell you what a DA or judge or jury will say. If a lawyer does promise you a result, run the other way and report them to the State Bar. 

3 ways to keep your criminal record clear

Facing criminal charges is a terrifying prospect for a number of reasons. As you consider trial and incarceration, you doubtlessly want to do everything within your power to avoid a conviction and keep your future intact. A conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life and make it difficult to find employment, obtain housing or pursue other opportunities you may be interested in.

Even if you have had a conviction, however, there options to clear your criminal record and reclaim your reputation. Many people are unaware of the different ways a criminal record can be handled, but if you want to break free from the stigma of a conviction, you should consult with an attorney about these options. 

Ignition Interlock

DMV must not issue a license to a person subject to the statute until presented with proof of the installation of an ignition interlock system in all registered vehicles owned by the person. DMV may determine a waiver of the ignition interlock requirement under the family‐member exception on a case‐by‐case basis following an assessment of financial hardship to the person subject to the restriction.

Mecklenburg DUI defense attorney can protect rights of accused

Accidents happen on a daily basis. In fact, it is difficult to drive from one location to another without encountering an accident along a North Carolina roadway. The majority of these accidents are minor and cause little problem. However, some of these accidents have serious repercussions for those involved. When these repercussions involve DUI or traffic-related charges, it is probably time to contact a Mecklenburg DUI defense attorney.

In one recent incident, a 20-year-old driver of a pickup truck allegedly collided head-on with a car driven by a 58-year-old man. The car suffered a significant amount of damage in the accident, and the driver did not survive. The pickup truck driver left the scene of the accident; however, witnesses apparently convinced him to return to the scene.

Major Victory for Gun Permit Appeals

On April 17, 2018, in a major victory for gun permit applicants, The NC Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution requires that they be informed of the specifics behind their denial and have an opportunity to challenge the denial in court. In that case, The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office issued their usual bare-bones denial of the application, without notice of the exact nature of the basis for the denial or any opportunity to be challenge that basis. The applicant appealed the Sheriff's decision to the District Court which then denied the appeal, also without affording him an opportunity to be challenge the basis. The Court of Appeals held that an applicant who is denied a permit must be provided notice of the precise grounds for the sheriff's denial and the information alleged in support. This process must then be followed by an opportunity to contest the matter in a hearing in District Court. Talk to an experienced lawyer who can represent you in your Gun Permit Appeal. By law, you have only one chance to get it right; there is no appeal from the court's decision.

8 North Carolina residents facing drug charges

Eight people are in custody on narcotics charges stemming from a three-month police investigation. The group is facing 127 drug charges in all, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. The North Carolina residents were allegedly involved in sharing prescriptions for opioids with about 600 pills being passed around every month. Among the drugs seized were Xanax and about 8 grams of marijuana.

Authorities confiscated 887 opiate pills which were apparently obtained by prescription. In addition, they seized two vehicles and more than $4,600 in cash. It is estimated that those accused owe the North Carolina Department of Revenue more than $17,000 in taxes with respect to the drugs.

Dozens arrested on drug charges in North Carolina

An extensive drug sweep in Brunswick County has resulted in dozens of arrests recently. Those arrested stand accused of a number of North Carolina drug charges, and many are repeat offenders. Whether this is their first drug-related charge or they have previous convictions, all of those accused are likely considering their options for an effective criminal defense.

For more than six months, North Carolina authorities have conducted undercover drug operations to try to weed out the apparently rampant drug epidemic in the area. This latest round of arrests occurred in a roundup called Throw Back in Jail Thursday, and the Sheriff of Brunswick County stated that this was just one of several roundups designed to get dealers of the streets. This most recent raid reportedly resulted in three arrests and netted 6 ounces of cocaine, as well as an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Authorities also seized money and a handgun.

Can you expunge your North Carolina criminal record?

If you or someone you love has a criminal record, you may find that it hurts your ability to secure a job, maintain strong ties with family members or find affordable housing, among other barriers it can potentially present. Sometimes, having a criminal record can haunt you long after you commit your initial crime, but in some cases, you may be able to take some steps to minimize the damage your criminal record causes.

In North Carolina, having your criminal record erased, essentially, is known as “expunction” or “expungement,” but not everyone with a criminal record is eligible for it. What expunction does is clear your offense from your criminal record, meaning you can typically deny having ever committed your offense without having to fear perjury charges or other potential repercussions. While expunction more or less destroys your criminal record, it is important to note that there is one exception to being able to avoid acknowledging you ever had a conviction. In any communications you may have with federal immigration officials, you must still acknowledge your offense.

3 In Charlotte arrested on theft crimes

Police in Charlotte have recently taken three men into custody whom they say were responsible for a series of thefts across the region. The North Carolina men stand accused of theft crimes that range from armed robbery to federal larceny. However, each of the men is presumed innocent unless and until prosecutors can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The first of the suspects was apprehended when police say he returned to the scene of his crimes. Allegedly, the man had broken into several cars at a local dealership and stole a variety of items from the vehicles. No one is sure why the 50-year-old man returned to the scene while police were there, but he was taken into custody and charged with two counts each of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Purportedly, he is also a man of interest in a string of similar incidents throughout the city.

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