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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Raleigh Criminal Attorneys Share Insights into Children Accused of Sex Crimes



When she was 10 years old, Charla Roberts pulled down the pants of an elementary school classmate. It was a childish prank – but it landed her on the state’s sex offender registry after being prosecuted for “indecency with a child.” Roberts’ name stayed on the list until her early 20s. Even after it was removed, information about her sex offender record stayed online, free for anyone to read and judge.

The New Yorker details Roberts’ story, as well as those of other juvenile sex offenders named in registries throughout the country. They share a common theme: how a singular act in their youth, which they may not have properly understood, continued to stigmatize them into adulthood. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2tPIBl9

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Will North Carolina Legalize Medical Marijuana? Raleigh Drug Lawyers Discuss the Issue



According to poll results released in May 2017, 80% of North Carolinians want medical marijuana legalized. Support was strong from both sides of the political fence, with 83% of Democrats and 73% of Republicans approving of the idea. Millennials – individuals born in 1981 or later – were its staunchest supporters at 65%.

The poll, conducted by Elon University, also showed that 51% of North Carolinians oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana.

State legislators had filed a bill to legalize its medical use in February 2017. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2tPgS3Q

Monday, June 12, 2017

Raleigh DWI Lawyer Reacts to Firing of County Employee Found Guilty of DWI



A New Hanover county employee made the news in recent weeks after being charged with driving while impaired (DWI). In this case, it was not his DWI charge that was newsworthy, but other incidents following his arrest.

According to WECT 6, the county employee “misrepresented facts” about his arrest to his employers and “failed to disclose details about the blood test performed after he refused a breathalyzer.” These actions that ultimately resulted in his termination. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2uoBLQx

Friday, May 19, 2017

Raleigh DWI Attorney Comments on Power Outage to Hundreds of Fellow Citizens.



If found guilty, Estes faces immediate 30-day driver's license suspension with the possibility of limited driving privileges after 10 days. He could also end up facing a hefty fine and community service depending on the judge’s discretion.

A DWI conviction is no laughing matter. More than the direct penalties set by law, it can also tarnish an individual’s reputation, which may affect every aspect of his or her life, from his ability to get a good job to his relationships with friends and family.

However, any experienced DWI attorney will tell you that breathalyzer results are not always accurate. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2rywbfS

Friday, May 12, 2017

Raleigh Family Attorney Notes that Divorce or Separation Doesn't Have to be Uncivil



If you’re planning to get divorced, you’re probably worried about how your decision will affect your children. Though you may not love your spouse anymore, you probably do not want your kids to think bad of them. Still, organizing schedules, dividing up holidays and shuffling kids between alternating parental visits isn’t going to be easy. That said, shared custody with your future ex-spouse can work when both of you are respectful, cooperative and manage your emotions.

A Case Study: Bruce Dyson’s divorced parents try to make custody work


Divorced parents Adam Dyson and Victoria Baldwin decided to set aside their personal differences and work together to ensure that their son, Bruce Dyson, is able to adjust to family changes. They do so by continuing to take family portraits every year.

If you want to make co-parenting work with your ex, here are some strategies suggest by an experienced Raleigh family law attorney.Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2qeB0H5

Friday, May 5, 2017

Raleigh Drug Attorney Questions the Outrageous Bond Given to a Low Level Drug Offender


The decision of the District Attorney’s office to add or “trump-up” charges in this type of criminal case filing is likely designed to coerce a plea bargain. If the arrested individual is charged with multiple crimes, the odds are substantially greater that the individual will plead guilty to one or more of the crimes to avoid a potentially lengthy sentence. Prosecutors are able to avoid a lengthy and costly trial.

In the process, the accused may believe he or she is getting a ‘good deal’ due to his or her lack of knowledge of court proceedings.

If you are charged with a drug felony, remember that you cannot trust the District Attorney, or anyone on the side of law enforcement to look out for your best interest. They will use your lack of knowledge about the law against you.

Whether you are facing excessive charges or are completely innocent of the charges filed, a knowledgeable drug lawyer with Kurtz & Blum can help protect your rights and will aggressively fight for your freedom. Read more on this article. http://bit.ly/2ry2tHW

Friday, April 28, 2017

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Discusses Fake Subpoenas



If a witness refuses to talk to a district attorney, the law gives prosecutors a way to compel these witnesses to show up through the issuance of a subpoena. However, before the judge can issue a subpoena, the prosecutors must first present a convincing argument that the witness’s testimony is essential to the administration of justice.

The takeaway here is that a subpoena can’t be issued to a witness without the judge’s approval. However, in New Orleans, the District Attorney’s Office reportedly maintained a practice of issuing ‘fake subpoenas’ to get witnesses to come forth.

The story behind the fake subpoenas

A recent report by The Lens, a New Orleans nonprofit news service, claimed that the DA’s office had been issuing notices to witnesses labeled ‘subpoena,’ which contained language that explicitly threatened witnesses with possible arrest in an effort to pressure them to cooperate. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2ryxmMt

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Raleigh Divorce Lawyer Notes How to Avoid Going Broke During and After Divorce



While the overall rate of divorce has been declining for several years, approximately one-third of the couples married today will, at some point, seek a divorce. Unfortunately, the costs associated with ending a marriage financially cripple a large number of those going through a divorce. However, there are strategies divorcing couples can use to minimize their financial exposure.

Carefully Inventory All Property

Virtually every divorce attorney will stress the importance of accurately inventorying all property held jointly or individually by the couple. As an experienced Raleigh Family Lawyer I generally wish to see evidence of all properties, including deeds, titles to vehicles, bank statements, and retirement accounts. Of course, there are other items to document as well. Expensive jewelry, collections, and even items like time-shares all must be accounted for.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says Wake County Tops List of Most New Year’s Eve DWI Arrests



Two of the NC triangle counties may have had too much fun over the holidays, according to recent data. New North Carolina Department of Transportation data shows it to be among the top five counties with the most DWI arrests during the yuletide season.

Over the holidays, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” anti-DWI four-week campaign yielded 2,400 alcohol-related offenders, while another 264 were drug-related.

The top offenders during this campaign included Wake County (247), Guilford County (177), Mecklenberg County (162), Cumberland County (117), and Forsyth County (110). Beyond these numbers, what this reveals is an overabundance of DWI charges confronting the courts–and these figures are from just one season in the entire year. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2pQd10J

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Raleigh Drug Defense Attorney Shares Insights into Obama's Grant of Early Release to NC Man for Low-level Drug Possession Conviction



Just before Barack Obama officially ended his term as President, he signed the commutation or reduction of sentences for hundreds of convicts for non-violent drug offenses. This final act of his Presidency brings the total of reduced sentences to 1,385. For families and their loved ones, this act means finally being reunited with the those convicted for non-violent criminal offenses. For those convicted, this means a brand new lease in life.

A Lucky Break


One of those lucky enough to have been granted early release is Raymond Surrat, a North Carolina man given a mandatory life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. According to the judge who handed out the sentence, he had “no choice” but to sentence Surrat because of his previous drug convictions. His involvement in a cocaine-distribution conspiracy had a recommended maximum penalty of about 20 years. Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2pPO2dV

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney Shares Insights on an Inmate Seeking New Appeal



Do you remember the book Fatal Vision?

Well, it was true crime novel by Joe McGinnis detailing the case of Captain Jeffrey R. MacDonald, a former Army surgeon, who was found guilty of killing his wife and two children and is now serving three life sentences in Cumberland, Maryland.

MacDonald has always insisted that he is innocent. After years of failed appeals, MacDonald now claims he has new evidence that proves he is not the killer.
Read more from this blog: http://bit.ly/2pPSEAS