Sunday, January 25, 2015

Will Standard BAC Limit Go Down to 0.05?

In 2013, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) proposed lowering the blood alcohol content to 0.05 to cut down the risk of DWI accidents. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the minds behind DWI law in the U.S., welcomes the development. The recommended BAC, however, still remains at 0.08.

The BAC limit used to be much higher. Back then people hadn't heard much of the dangers and consequences of "driving under the influence." Only a few studies delved into the cognitive effects of alcohol. Indiana took the lead by imposing a 0.15 presumptive limit in 1939; 16 years later, Minnesota followed.

Facing a Gun Crime? Let a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Help Uphold Your Rights

Gun violence is a delicate issue that hits at the core of an American’s right to bear arms. A conviction for a gun crime in North Carolina carries substantial fines, and possibly even jail time. Such penalties make it crucial for anyone accused with a gun crime to pursue all their legal and constitutional options. If charged with a gun crime, a diligent Raleigh criminal lawyer with Kurtz & Blum can help you build a strong defense. The various laws governing guns can be complex and difficult to understand. When law enforcement questions you about any involvement in a gun crime, you have a constitutional right to remain silent and ask for an attorney. Before you answer questions or provide a statement, be sure to have a capable Raleigh criminal defense attorney by your side who can advise you on how to protect your rights.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer Helps Your Car Accident Claim Succeed

Getting professional legal assistance might be the only way to ensure car accident victims receive fair and reasonable compensation for their damage and injuries. As it is, insurance companies work like most businesses in that the lower their payoffs are, the better. With an experienced Raleigh personal injury attorney by their side, those who’ve been wronged in road accidents due to another party’s negligence or carelessness often have a better chance to receive the maximum compensation amount. Still, being offered a weak compensation settlement might be the least of the problems for a car accident victim. North Carolina follows comparative fault rules, which means that if the accident victim is proven to be partly to blame for the incident, he or she may not be entitled to any compensation at all.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Raleigh DWI Lawyer Discusses Getting Arrested Twice in the Same Day for DWI

That being said, these successive DWI arrests may aggravate the case which could lead to stiffer penalties, so it's imperative to retain the services of a dependable DWI lawyer in Raleigh. At Kurtz & Blum we have been rigorously defending DWI cases for years. A seasoned Raleigh DWI lawyer might argue that the second arrest is related to the first and try to negotiate with the District Attorney to combine the two cases. Still we strongly encourage anyone arrested of DWI to take it easy and not attempt to drive again until they are sober.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dealing with a Drug Possession Charge in NC

Even with the number of celebrities who have famously succumbed to heroin overdose (one of the recent ones was acclaimed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman), the use of this illicit drug still holds a certain lure for some people, and is in fact of the rise in the U.S.

Being caught in possession of heroin could lead to dire consequences in Raleigh, NC.  By state rules, those convicted of such a crime will have a Class I felony in their records. In addition, they can spend anywhere from three to 12 months in jail. A judge can also order them to pay exorbitant fines.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Raleigh Lawyer Can be Instrumental for Compensation in a Hit-and-Run

This is one hit-and-run incident where the victims were fortunate enough to catch the at-fault driver immediately. In this case, the victims may obtain compensation from the driver through the help of a capable Raleigh lawyer. Some victims aren’t quite as lucky, however, which is why many hit-and-run cases are never solved and the perpetrator never found. Still, that doesn’t mean they should be the one to bear all of the expenses that result from the accident. In North Carolina, property owners are required to carry insurance. This insurance can cover accidents caused by people such as hit-and-run drivers. In the event of a hit-and-run accident, you have the right to file an insurance claim and have your own insurance company compensate you for property damage and any injury you may sustain. If you have such a policy, you should file a claim and let your insurer pay your expenses.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Personal Injury Claim: Frequently Asked Questions

Personal injury cases can arise from various circumstances. Some of the most common causes of personal injury are vehicular accidents, slip and fall accidents, and work-related injuries. Someone who has been injured by another person’s improper actions may be entitled to a file personal injury claim. Below are three of the most common questions about this type of claim:

Do I have a valid personal injury claim?

You can find out about the viability of your claim by talking to a good personal injury attorney. Three things you may need to prove in a personal injury case are: that the defendant was negligent, that you sustained an injury, and that the defendant’s negligence caused your injury. Note that even if your claim is valid, you may not be able to collect compensation if the defendant has no insurance or assets to compensate you.

Friday, January 9, 2015

An Inside Look at How Breathalyzers Work

Breathalyzers are the most common judges of a suspected impaired driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). How they get results is a science unto itself.

According to BACtrack, a breathalyzer manufacturer based in San Francisco, breathalyzers use one of three systems: semiconductor oxides, fuel cells, and infrared spectrometry. Fuel cells are widely fielded by law enforcers on the road due to their high accuracy and portability (even though the results can be somewhat less reliable). Infrared spectrometry, on the other hand, is normally used at police stations or labs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ideation to Legislation

Be it in relation to DWI or another criminal offense, an idea has to run the gauntlet called the North Carolina legislative system before it becomes law. After a state law has been passed, cities gain the power to enforce it on their own terms—as long as enforcement doesn't come into conflict with the law itself.