Sunday, May 25, 2014

Get Help from a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer to Overturn Your Conviction

While many people will tell you that there’s nothing you can do about a criminal charge once you are convicted, that is not necessarily true. There are ways to overturn a conviction, but in order to do so you will need the help of a capable Raleigh criminal defense attorney.

No matter what legal avenue you pursue to try to overturn your conviction, the bottom line is that your chances are only as good as the lawyer you work with. If you’re looking to hire a Raleigh criminal lawyer for representation, contact a trusted and established law firm like Kurtz & Blum. Our experienced criminal lawyers provide free case evaluation and initial consultation in the office or by phone.  Call us today at 919-832-7700.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer: Vortex Operator Gets Torrent of Fines

In legal terms, negligence is defined as the failure to perform one’s duty in accordance to applicable standards. If a person in North Carolina is injured because another person or business disregarded ordinary standards of care, he or she may obtain compensation from the party who caused the injury with the help of a Raleigh personal injury lawyer.

In a January 6 post, Kurtz & Blum discussed the Vortex ride accident at the NC State Fair that injured five people. Authorities conducted an investigation into the cause of the accident and discovered that the ride’s critical safety devices have been tampered with and compromised. Vortex ride owner Joshua Gene Macaroni was charged with felony assault.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Can Taxi Apps Reduce Drunk Driving? A Raleigh DWI Lawyer Shares His Thoughts

Any type of tool that can keep drunk drivers off the road is certainly good news to a professional Raleigh DWI lawyer. North Carolina, after all, has been fighting drunk driving for years. The state’s efforts seem to have paid off, though, judging from the 22.7-percent drop in impaired driving fatalities over the past ten years, according to the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

However, the state still ranks third behind Pennsylvania and California when it comes to the number of fatal DWI crashes. Authorities still have a long way to go to get drunk drivers off the state's roads. As such, the expansion of taxi apps in cities like Raleigh and Chapel Hill are a welcome development.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Trusted Raleigh Lawyer Reiterates a Defendant’s Right to Fair Trial

Part of the Miranda warning goes: "Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law." For one Kansas convict, however, the clause missed the word "have."

Howard Kurtz, a skilled Raleigh lawyer with Kurtz & Blum discusses a recent case of a man on trial for murder who coincidentally has the word “MURDER” tattooed around his neck.

Jeffrey Wade Chapman, charged with the murder of Damon Galliart in November 2011, asked the court for permission to have a tattoo artist remove the tattoo across his neck (shown in the mugshot). Chapman feared that the infamous tattoo may weigh heavily against him when he appears in court. Although county police pointed out that the law permits tattoo artists to practice only in licensed facilities and not in jail, prosecutors did not object to hiding the tattoo underneath clothing or bandage.

Qualities of a Great Defense Attorney

With the loss or retention of freedom hinged on the outcome of a criminal case, having a capable defense attorney to protect the defendant’s right to a fair trial is immensely important. Not all attorneys are alike, however, so defendants should always be on the lookout for signs of a great defense attorney before hiring one.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

The roundabout at the NC State University Bell Tower is well-known by locals as an accident-prone area. If you encountered a recent accident here that resulted in car damage and injuries, know that you have the right to file an accident claim. Ideally, doing so merely takes gathering pertinent documents like police reports and medical reports and filling up necessary forms.

Such tasks are simple enough for those who are used to doing something similar at their desk job. However, in reality, the process of filing a claim is far from being simple. For this reason, accident victims should really look into hiring the services of a personal injury lawyer.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Vehicle Seizure after a DWI Arrest

If you have been arrested for Driving While Impaired (DWI) in North Carolina, not only will you lose your license, but you could end up losing your vehicle as well. According to state legislature, vehicles are subject to seizure if the driver is arrested for DWI while his or her license is already revoked because of a prior DWI charge, or if he or she has no valid license and no liability insurance.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Comments on the Chaos of Late Night Apartment Fire

However, pursuing a legal claim will almost certainly mean dealing with a long, complicated and confusing litigation process, not to mention the mountain of paperwork required to be completed in a timely manner. Thus, if anyone you know wishes to pursue a personal injury complaint, it’s always best that you seek the help of a knowledgeable Raleigh personal injury lawyer.

A personal injury lawyer will have the experience and legal know-how to be able to answer any questions you may have, counsel you about the best course of action to take, and even provide you with the representation you need in court.

Friday, May 2, 2014

After 28 Years Willoughby Retires as District Attorney. Raleigh Lawyer Wonders Who’s Next.

Just like Raleigh lawyer and co-founder of Kurtz & Blum founder, Howard Kurtz, Colon Willoughby received his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1973. He received his Juris Doctor at Campbell University in Buies Creek six years later. Prior to his election as District Attorney in 1986, he worked for a local law firm after finishing law school.

During his time in office, Willoughby’s team tried numerous high profile cases. For almost 30 years, he oversaw the prosecutors who handled offenses ranging from serious felonies such as murder, robbery, rape and drug trafficking, to minor offenses like shoplifting and trespassing, as well as, white collar crimes like fraud and embezzlement.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Facts behind the McDonald’s Coffee Case

Lawyers handling personal injury cases always explain to their clients if their cases are worth pursuing, and what their cases are really worth. Some clients may be goaded to sue because of what they’ve read about the infamous “McDonald’s coffee” case, particularly the damages collected. However, the truth is far from what ordinary people know about the case.

Here’s the myth: The Claimant Stella Liebeck suffered minor burns on her legs when a McDonald’s coffee cup accidentally fell on her lap. Liebeck sued McDonald’s for failure to adequately label the coffee cup, and was awarded compensation to the tune of $2.7 million dollars.