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.

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: