Monday, March 30, 2015

Receiving Compensation after a Bicycle Injury

A growing number of people are opting to ride bicycles to work, saying their decision to shift was primarily fueled by the fact that bicycle ownership and maintenance are significantly cheaper than driving a car. In addition, they cite other factors such as lack of parking space, rising fuel costs, easier navigation through heavy traffic, and better health as among the other benefits.

Despite these advantages, bike-riding is not without pitfalls. For one thing, you are more exposed, and are therefore more vulnerable to accidents. As a bicycle driver, therefore, you need to maneuver your bike through traffic with utmost care at all times. After all, you share the road with bigger and heavier vehicles.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Says Stealing While Wearing a GPS Device is a Bad Idea

The main purposes of parole are to protect the safety of the citizens and to ensure that the offender is ready to go back to the community. During the process, the offender will be released from prison with some parole conditions after serving most of his sentence, and will continue it by reintegrating back to the community. He/she will still be supervised during the release to check if the parole conditions are being met as best as the offender could. Sometimes, a tracking device may be attached to the offender to better monitor his/her activities. GPS systems that are worn on the offender’s ankle are commonly used. This is usually done for high-risk offenders or those with serious criminal histories. Some offenders may also be prohibited from going to certain places, especially when they might repeat their crime/s in those areas.

Can You Eat Your Way into a DWI?

In December 2014, a 75-year-old man in Wisconsin was pulled over and slapped with a DWI, his tenth. The arresting officer picked up the scent of alcohol from his mouth, which, the man explained, was because he had beer-battered cod for lunch. Breathalyzer tests returned with a BAC of 0.062, below the 0.08 limit, but prior convictions aggravated his arrest.

Dishes cooked in alcohol aren’t uncommon. With a boiling point lower than water (173 degrees), it’s commonly assumed that the alcohol will just boil away after an hour or two of simmering or baking. However, a study in 1992 found that, even past alcohol’s boiling point, as much as five percent could remain after being stirred and simmered for 2.5 hours. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

“Frivolous Lawsuits” in the Eyes of a Raleigh Personal Injury Lawyer

When people hear the term “frivolous lawsuit,” many just assume that the case is without merit and the claim is absurd. However, in the eyes of an experienced Raleigh personal injury lawyer, those “frivolous lawsuits” aren’t always ridiculous. In many cases, the plaintiff has every right to pursue a claim. A Closer Look Personal injuries happen in the most common places, and legal complaints can arise during the most “run-of-the-mill” activities. There are some cases, though, that can be more remarkable or interesting to the public, primarily because of the entities involved.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Raleigh DWI Lawyer: Drinking & Driving Don’t Mix, especially with Trains

Did you know that an 8-car passenger train traveling at 80 mph needs about a mile before it will finally grind to a complete halt? Apparently, one driver in Garner was too impaired to get the memo. Police arrested 24-year-old James Harrington of Wendell after he parked his car on the tracks and found himself at the mercy of an incoming Amtrak Silver Star heading to Miami, delaying the train's trip for 2.5 hours. He was charged with DWI, resisting arrest, and leaving the scene of a crime. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Is Free Advice Always Good Advice? A Raleigh Lawyer Tries to Explain

While reputable Raleigh law firms like Kurtz & Blum charge a reasonable rate for their services, they often offer some preliminary services for free, like the initial consultation and case evaluation. In special cases, lawyers may provide their services for free (also known as pro bono) or a reduced fee to certain organizations, charities or people with very limited means. The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association once again held the annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day on January 31st. Volunteer attorneys were on hand in ten cities across North Carolina to answer questions and offer advice to all citizens.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Obtaining Case Dismissals with a Raleigh

Residents of Charlotte may be familiar with the so-called “Wee-Wee Man”, an exhibitionist who recently made the headlines in Osage Circle and prompted residents to call Charlotte-Mecklenburg police a couple of times. While the case has “indecent exposure” written all over it, police could not arrest the man.

Carolina state law, according to a Reuters report, is rather fuzzy on instances of indecent exposure that take place on private property. GS 14-190.9 talks about indecent exposure being a Class-H felony or Class-2 misdemeanor, but only as it applies to public spaces.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Points to Remember when Considering a PJC

A “prayer for judgment continued,” commonly referred to as PJC, is one way to suspend the sentence of an infraction or minor crime in North Carolina. It is often associated with speeding tickets and other traffic offenses. When the judge enters a PJC after the offender asks for it following a guilty plea, the defendant will generally be spared from many of the consequences of conviction.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Seeking Damages for Bicycle Accident Injuries

A bicycle rider’s greatest fear is a serious collision with an automobile. When the two collide, it’s almost always the bicycle rider who is at a disadvantage. This is why government agencies are constantly looking for ways to make the streets safer for bicycles and their riders.

Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for an automobile and a bicycle to collide. Such an incident is usually the result of somebody’s negligence—the driver’s, the cyclist’s, or both. If the car driver is the negligent party, the cyclist has legal right to be compensated for any injury he sustains. If the driver feels otherwise, the cyclist will need the help of a personal injury lawyer.