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What is a “nonviolent misdemeanor” or “nonviolent felony”?

Under N.C.G.S. § 15A-145.5, you may be eligible for the expunction of a prior conviction. However, this law specifies that the prior conviction must be a “nonviolent misdemeanor” or a “nonviolent felony.” Determining whether a prior conviction is “nonviolent” or not may seem obvious at first, but a further exploration of the statute shows that […]

Inmates and the CoronaVirus: North Carolina and Wake County Custody Concerns

March 23, 2020 – Today, speaking from the North Carolina State Emergency Operations Center, Governor Roy Cooper expressed his concern for all of North Carolina’s confined populations. He further elaborated that these confined populations included individuals from prisons to nursing homes. He acknowledged that if the CoronaVirus was able to break into these compromised North […]

Uber and Lyft Impersonators Beware

As of December 1, 2019, it is a class 2 misdemeanor to impersonate a transportation network company driver. That means impersonating a Lyft or Uber Driver can land you up to 60 days in jail, depending on your criminal record. Impersonation may occur by act, statement, or by displaying particular signage. If the impersonation occurs […]

DWI Pretrial Limited Driving Privileges

If you are charged with DWI and  you provide a breath sample which registers an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, or you refuse to provide a breath sample, your license will be revoked under a “Civil Revocation” for typically 30 days. While your license is technically revoked under this civil revocation, you may be […]

I’ve been charged with larceny or shoplifting- what should I do?

          A larceny or shoplifting conviction can have a big impact on your life.  Anything from employment opportunities to housing applications can be adversely affected by a conviction to a theft crime.  These charges can also result in you being trespassed from certain stores or entire shopping centers, causing you to […]

Restraining Orders

Raleigh North Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers Discuss Restraining Orders and Stalking  A restraining order can be a difficult and heavy burden on your life and your ability to move freely as you wish.  It may affect where you can and can’t go, with whom you may speak or communicate, and in certain circumstances may even […]

CCW at RDU: Forgetting to Check Firearms at the Airport

As you rush through the security line at the Raleigh Durham airport, you take everything metal out of your pockets and throw them in the bin your carry-on bag.  You walk through the metal detector without any problem but as you approach the end to retrieve your carry on, you are horrified when confronted by […]

High Alcohol Levels and Driving Privileges

The charge of Driving While Impaired is complex. Likewise, so are the consequences of the charge if a Defendant is convicted and not properly prepared. There are potential consequences that one may expect, such as alcohol treatment, fines, probation, or even jail time. These may be imposed as part of a DWI judgment- meaning the […]

3 Roads to DWI

What does it mean to “drive while impaired” in North Carolina?  In Wake, Durham and Franklin Counties, many people know the legal limit of alcohol when driving is a 0.08. However, there are other ways that you can be found guilty of Driving While Impaired in North Carolina.  In fact, if the State is able […]

When Permanent isn’t Permanent: Restoring Driving Privileges after Permanent Revocations

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles can revoke driving privileges, or a person’s license, “permanently.”  A permanent revocation occurs when an individual is convicted of three or more DWI’s, three or more convictions for moving violations during a period of revocation, or three or more convictions for driving on a suspended or revoked license. […]


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