Thursday, August 28, 2014

Contributory Negligence: What Does It Mean?

Contributory negligence means that an injured party cannot claim damages if he or she is deemed to have contributed to the sustained injury or damage to property in any way. North Carolina (along with the states of Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia, and the District of Columbia) recognizes this rule. For injury victims filing a claim, contributory negligence is the least favorable outcome.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Can You Say No to Field Sobriety Tests?

The North Carolina Law Enforcement Division is bent on curtailing drunk driving incidents. For this reason, the state has implemented DWI checkpoints or roadblocks which give police officers the right to stop cars, regardless of whether there is any suspicion of drunk driving.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Supports New Law On Medical Use of Marijuana Oil

In this year’s follow up documentary, “Weed 2”, Gupta goes on to apologize again and state, “I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.”  If you haven’t seen it, it is certainly worth watching.

In North Carolina, marijuana is classified as a Schedule VI drug and possession of less than ½ ounce is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of less than $200 and possibly some time for community service.  Still anyone charged with possession of any drug should contact a reputable Raleigh criminal lawyer.

Friday, August 15, 2014

In Case of a Dog Attack, Consult a Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer

Complicating the issue further, many states and municipalities have passed laws that limit a dog’s ability to roam at large. Due to the intricacies of the "one free bite" rule, a respectable Raleigh personal injury attorney with Kurtz & Blum can answer your questions.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a domestic animal call us at 919-832-7700 to speak with a personal injury lawyer to better understand you legal rights. It is probably best to avoid settling with a dog owner’s insurance company out of court until you have all the facts.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Night Out, a Few Drinks and a DWI - Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says, Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You.

Andrew Young might be well-known locally for his tell-all book, The Politician, and experience serving as an top aide to John Edwards, but in many ways he is just a regular middle class professional who went out one night and is might have had “one too many” and would be advised to seek counsel of a seasoned Raleigh DWI lawyer who to help defend his rights.

DWI arrests can have serious consequences, especially when a minor is in the vehicle at the time of the arrest.  An experienced DWI lawyer in Raleigh like those of us at Kurtz & Blum can help people for all lifestyles navigate the court system.  If you have questions about DWI, talk to us. We can be reached at 919-832-7700.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Raleigh Lawyer Weighs in on Recent SCOTUS Cell Phone Privacy Decision

The ruling does not mean that the contents are off limits completely, just that officials are required to show probable cause and must wait for a magistrate (judge) to issue a proper warrant.  There are also a few exceptions where exigent circumstances might excuse the warrantless search of a cell phone, but such circumstances will be highly scrutinized to ensure they comply with the law.

Well-established Raleigh law firms like Kurtz & Blum work hard to protect and defend the rights of their clients. We routinely challenge questionable law enforcement practices to ensure our clients receive the best possible outcome.

By the Numbers: Speeding in North Carolina

A 2013 study reveals that North Carolina law enforcement officials issue one traffic citation each minute. In addition, it would appear that roughly 8 out of 10 involve speeding. Finally, according to that same study, Wake County issued the largest number of citations, comprising nearly 9%.

But what is the cost of getting a speeding ticket? While a simple speeding ticket will not likely land you in jail, the hefty fees associated with a speeding ticket can still be quite burdensome. In fact, it's not just the fines you should worry about. Insurance companies are also likely to raise your rates.