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DMV Hearings – Now They Cost More Than Time

In North Carolina, a citizen’s privilege to drive can be revoked in many ways that require a restoration hearing in front of a DMV hearing officer before the citizen can have their privilege restored. For example, if someone refuses to submit to a chemical test (breath, blood or urine) during a DWI investigation in Wake […]

Restoration of Gun Rights for Convicted Felons

In North Carolina, if you are a convicted felon, you cannot possess a firearm. To possess a firearm as a convicted felon is a felony offense in itself (NCGS 14-415.1). In 2010, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation to create a process through which certain convicted felons could petition the courts to reinstate their […]

Driving While Impaired, Even When You’re Not.

Many times clients ask us, “How can I be arrested for DWI? I wasn’t even drunk!”  What they’re referring to is the fact that they felt perfectly fine while they were driving.  They had no doubt in their mind that they were safely within the legal limit and yet they were still charged with Driving […]

What is an Expunction?

Many people have questions about what it means to get an expunction.  Will it erase my charge completely? Will it take my mug shot offline?  Will a background check still show that I was charged with this?  The reality is that an expunction may be a wonderful tool to help clear up your background, but […]

Sex Offender Registration Across State Lines

Under NCGS 14-208.7, any person who has a reportable conviction is required to register as a sex offender with the sheriff of the county where the person resides.  If a person moves to North Carolina from another state they must register within three business days of arriving. The statute puts the emphasis on the reportable […]


In HBO’s The Wire, Detective Moreland sets up an elaborate scheme to coax a confession out of a young suspect.  The detective tells the young suspect that the office copy machine is in fact a polygraph machine and tapes his hand to it.  Having previously loaded the copy machine with three pages that have the […]


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