Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
"Q: What happens to my criminal record when it gets expunged? An expunction puts you back in the same place as if you had never been charged with the crime at all – it acts as an eraser that can give you a “clean slate.” Your charge or conviction will not show up on a criminal background check, and law enforcement and the court system can’t use an expunged charge against you. You can learn more about criminal expungement by consulting an experienced Raleigh criminal defense attorney with Kurtz & Blum. To discuss your options, please give us a call at 919-832-7700."http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/raleigh-criminal-lawyer-faqs-on-how-to-expunge-a-criminal-record
Friday, December 20, 2013
"To counter this, a professional Raleigh personal injury lawyer will often ask an IME doctor how much money she makes, or how often she testifies for the defense. The lawyer asks this question to show bias. If the doctor on the stand tries to dodge such questions, the lawyer can then take steps to get the answer he needs. If ever you become involved in a personal injury case and the defense asks you to submit to an IME, talk to an experienced Raleigh personal injury attorney at Kurtz & Blum prior to the medical exam. Our lawyers will likely have specific information or advice for you about the doctor you will be seeing."http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/personal-injury-lawyer-in-raleigh-the-independent-medical-examination
Thursday, December 19, 2013
"Should you be arrested for DWI, however, you can build a strong DWI defense case with the help of a qualified Raleigh DWI lawyer. Even if you have registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeding 0.08 percent, there are options. It’s very important to seek advice from a Raleigh attorney who has a lot of experience with DWI cases. He or she can help you explore your options. With their help, you may be able to avoid the worst and often reduce the penalties for the offense. Coping with a DWI case alone is a terrible idea. Fortunately, people can find a reliable DWI lawyer in Raleigh by contacting the law firm of Kurtz & Blum. With our help, anyone charged with DWI can sleep a little better at night knowing that your case is in good hands."http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/with-police-tightening-dwi-monitoring-you-need-an-experienced-raleigh-dwi-lawyer
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
"While the events surrounding this case may be sad and tragic, the outcome is a validation of the essence of the law—that every person accused of a crime or wrongdoing is innocent until proven guilty. The case highlights the need for the right representation for anyone who has to face the legal system, in order to credibly present their side of the story. Hence, any resident of Raleigh, North Carolina who may be involved in a criminal case should seek the help of a seasoned Raleigh lawyer for his defense. Terry Lynn Lingerfelt may have pulled the trigger which ended the life of Michael Scott Gragg, but the circumstances as presented during his trial suggest that he acted within the bounds of the law. Competent attorneys in reputable Raleigh law firms such as Kurtz and Blum can thoroughly comb through the details of a case and effectively apply the law to help vigorously defend their client. The work these lawyers perform is integral in keeping the spirit of fairness and impartialithttp://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/a-seasoned-raleigh-lawyer-applies-the-law-to-help-their-clients-case
Monday, December 16, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
"Recently, we found an article containing some criminal justice myths and realities. If you or someone you know has been arrested, a knowledgable Raleigh criminal lawyer can help expose the myths so people make the best decisions about their case. In the article posted by the National Council on Crime & Delinquency, author Jesse Lava listed five of the most popular myths below: The police focus on violent crime The accused get an adequate defense The accused get a trial The punishment fits the crime Justice is blind (with an emphasis on racial equality) The first myth is that police primarily focus on violent crime. But Martin Horn, executive director of the Permanent Commission on Sentencing in New York, said that violent crime comprises the smallest percentage of reported incidents. Bonnie Hoffman, a deputy public defender in Loudoun County, Virginia, stated that most offenders are arrested for property crimes and drug-related offenses."http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/criminal-justice-myths-and-realities
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
"Before the DWI Squad starts their operation, Raleigh drivers should be aware of the North Carolina drunk driving law to avoid the expense and inconvenience of DWI charges, such as revoked license, DWI classes, attorney fees, community service, and even the possibility of jail time. When charged with DWI, however, the most important thing to do is to seek the help of legal experts. An experienced Raleigh DWI lawyer can help clients secure a pre-trial limited driving privilege, which allows them to drive even without a license for certain purposes at certain times if their license has been taken due to being charged with DWI."http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/charged-with-driving-while-intoxicated
Monday, November 4, 2013
"Howard Kurtz, a Raleigh lawyer at Kurtz & Blum, notes that various changes have been made to North Carolina’s expunction laws. Expunction allows an individual to remove (expunge) a criminal charge from his or her state record, thereby removing the fear of a prospective employer taking that charge against the person. The Charlotte Observer details more on expunction in the state: More than 1.5 million of North Carolina’s 9.5 million residents had a criminal record at the end of 2010, according to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. North Carolina saw a 30 percent increase in residents with criminal records between 2006 and 2008."http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/raleigh-rawyer-notes-changes-to-expunction-laws-in-north-carolina
Thursday, October 31, 2013
You’ve got a stressful week ahead as your mother-in-law is visiting in a few days while your daughter is preparing for her upcoming piano recital. As if these things weren't enough, you've been tasked to keep some visiting clients company for the whole duration of their stay. Tired and a bit intoxicated after the welcome dinner, you call it a night and drive home—only to hit another vehicle just a few blocks away from the venue.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Founded by Atty. Howard A. Kurtz and Atty. Seth A. Blum, who have over 40 years of combined trial experience, the practice is one of the trusted Raleigh law firms that focus on criminal defense, family law, DWI (driving while impaired) cases, personal injury and workers' compensation, and professional malpractice. They have been established since 1998 and are a proud member of various lawyer organizations, like the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. They also have a BV Distinguished® evaluation from the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Interested parties who need to discuss a case or want timely advice on legal matters may fill out and submit a contact form on www.KurtzandBlum.com. They may also browse Frequently Asked Questions on the website.http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/raleigh-lawyer-stresses-the-need-of-public-education-on-legal-rights
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Raleigh, North Carolina (September 12, 2013) – Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, a trusted legal firm that provides Raleigh DWI lawyer services, talks about the importance of a dashboard camera (dashcam) in handling DWI (driving while intoxicated) cases. According to them, the footage recorded by this equipment is crucial in formulating legal strategy for individuals charged with DWI. A dashcam is an onboard camera installed on the front window of a car. It automatically starts recording when the vehicle is started and stops when the vehicle is turned off. It also features an automatic looping capacity, which lets the oldest footage be recorded over when its memory card is full. Originally used as surveillance technology for self-protection, it is now a tool commonly used by police authorities to record traffic incidents and exchanges at DWI checkpoints.http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/raleigh-dwi-lawyer-discusses-the-importance-of-a-head-mounted-video-cameras-in-dwi-cases
The firm shares these tips and many other related resources because they want to empower their prospective and current clients to make sound decisions when pursuing a personal injury case. The information the practice shares may also help people choose their counsel wisely when looking for a Raleigh personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Kurtz & Blum can be trusted to provide legal advice and court representation. They handle personal injury cases that involve automobile and truck accidents, wrongful death, workers' compensation, and legal malpractice. They also handle cases that involve dangerous and defective products, as well as workplace, construction, and slip and fall accidents, among others.http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/raleigh-personal-injury-lawyer-explains-insurance-company-secrets
Monday, October 21, 2013
Raleigh, North Carolina (September 16, 2013) – Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, a trusted firm offering Raleigh criminal lawyer services, supports the rumored authorization of $2 million in additional funding for North Carolina's public defense system. Rumors of the increase surfaced following the budget talks recently held by state legislators. The additional funds are supposed to be used for hiring additional public defenders across the state, in order to meet the demand for indigent defense services that has increased since the economic slowdown of 2008. According to the firm, this move by the legislators could mean that North Carolina is finally enacting measures that will make their criminal justice system fulfill the requirements of the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They also compared the development to that being pursued in Idaho, where lawmakers are scrambling to adequately satisfy obligations for defendants.http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/raleigh-criminal-lawyer-comments-on-rumored-funding-for-public-defense
Sunday, October 20, 2013
One of the most common lawsuits filed in North Carolina courts involve the issue of personal injury. One of the reasons for its popularity lies on the fact that as a term, personal injury is extremely broad—encompassing issues such as road accidents, accidents at work or at home, assault claims, as well as accidents caused by product defects.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Driving under the Influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are serious offenses that can merit a stiff penalty for the offender. If you get involved in a DUI or DWI case as a defendant, it is highly advisable to hire a lawyer who is knowledgeable in this field.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
TV shows have both glorified and vilified the law profession, leading people to view lawyers either as cheats or as saints. An article by Kimberly Cahill says that collectively, lawyers have a negative image and are generally disliked. There are, however, many lawyers who have earned a place for themselves in history because of the principles they believed in. Among these are:
- Mahatma Gandhi – Famous for promoting non-violent reform, Gandhi first worked as a legal representative in Pretoria, South Africa. While in Africa, he developed the political views, ethics, and leadership skills that would prove instrumental in his fight against the caste system. Gandhi also fought for the right of suffrage for Indian nationals in South Africa.
- Nelson Mandela – Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is best known for his role in helping end apartheid in South Africa. Mandela opened his law practice in Johannesburg in 1952. Throughout the 50s and 60s, he campaigned long and hard for equal rights, not pausing even when sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. His efforts to abolish racial discrimination and segregation finally bore fruit in the early 1990s under the administration of then-President F.W. de Klerk. From 1994 to 1999, Mandela served as the first black president of South Africa.
- Abraham Lincoln – A careful, logical thinker, Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, is said to have taught himself law by reading books. A trial and appellate lawyer for twenty-three years, he was known for his skill in tripping up witnesses during cross-examination. Lincoln is best known for contributing significantly towards the abolition of slavery in the United States.
Monday, September 30, 2013
As sensationalized as the crashes in Hollywood movies are, these slow motion scenes don't really give people an accurate picture of what happens in road accidents. In most cases, accidents like these happen at the blink of an eye, and it would be over in a matter of blurred seconds to anyone caught in it. That said, if you do get into an accident, always make sure to get as much evidence as you can, because this is the best chance you'll have of winning your personal injury case.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
There may come a time when you will have to send an elderly loved one to a nursing home or other assisted-living facility in your community. Despite promises of being visited, it can be an emotional time for someone in their twilight years to be watched by persons not of their own flesh and blood. However, the danger of personal injuries arises if the caregiver assigned to them somehow slips in their duties. There are some clues you should watch out for, as these indicate that your loved one is being put through a tough time.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Even a kid knows that it's dangerous to drink and drive, so why do a lot of people still do it (and try to avoid the cops in the process)? Driving under the influence (DUI, sometimes known as DWI or driving while intoxicated) is a serious offense, as in “$200 to $10,000 fine and 1 day to 3 years imprisonment.” Indeed, drunk driving is a serious offense in North Carolina. As it turns out, it's not that they willingly choose to drive while drunk, as most drunk drivers simply make bad decisions while they are under the influence.
Monday, September 16, 2013
The American Constitution doesn't prevent individuals from representing themselves in court—which is defending their side of the story without the help of lawyers. Outside the United States, a famous example of self-representation in court involves former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, who had his 1940 conviction overturned despite strong evidence against him. As long as you're knowledgeable about the law, you can save money on legal fees by representing yourself in court.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The repeal of the four-year old Racial Justice Act created too many speculations and controversies for death-row inmates and their families. In times like these, the help of a trusted Raleigh criminal lawyer can clarify their situation. The Racial Justice Act aims to correct racially-biased sentences and is not about doing away with death penalty. Death-row inmates must prove that they have biased sentences to reduce their penalties to life sentence. It can be a good news to the inmates, but they need to gather concrete evidences and statements to strengthen their defense. The act is still uncertain for the death-row inmates of North Carolina. Nevertheless, it gives them the opportunity to rectify the mistakes done to them. To increase their chances of doing so, they have to get a tried and tested criminal lawyer who will strengthen their evidences and statements.http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/tackle-racism-and-get-justice-by-hiring-good-raleigh-criminal-lawyer
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Proving your innocence against a DWI accusation is kinda hard. You must have a time-tested Raleigh DWI lawyer by your side to help you. This was shown by New Bern Mayor Lee W. Bettis Jr. when he was arrested and charged earlier in May. He was reported by a motorist due to swerving back and forth onto the road as he maneuvered his Chevrolet van. His breathalyzer result was 0.00, but it didn't clear the mayor's charge, failing in subsequent tests. He was charged with failure to obey highway markings, and failure to maintain lane control. Some drivers think that passing the breathalyzer test can get them off the hook. However. there are other tests that the authorities can administer, just to make sure. As the test and the hearing proceed, getting an experienced lawyer, like Kurtz and Blum, is a big must to represent you in court. You better get your attorney as soon as possible. Free yourself from the agony of being convicted of a DWI. Consult your local attorneys, now.http://www.kurtzandblum.com/blog/making-your-case-against-dwi-with-a-raleigh-dwi-lawyer