Blog Posts in January, 2015

  • DWI Arrests From Anonymous Tips

    "Can I be charged and arrested for Driving While Impaired ( DWI ) based on someone calling 911, and merely stating that my driving was bad?" According to the recent United States Supreme Court case, Navarette v. California, 572 U.S. ___ (2014), an anonymous tip may sometimes be sufficient to justify a stop of vehicle based on reasonable suspicion of impaired driving. The opinion in Navarette , is ...
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  • Underage Drinking & Driving

    ZERO TOLERANCE FOR UNDERAGE DRINKING AND DRIVING North Carolina has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking and driving. A person who is under 21 years old can be convicted of Driving After Consuming Under 21 with any positive reading of alcohol. This means a .01 can cost you your license and earn you a criminal record. A person under 21 who blows over the legal limit of .08 ...
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  • DWI Factors and DWI Sentencing Part I

    Factors and DWI Sentencing Part I This will be a two-part blog post focusing on the intricacies of Driving While Impaired Sentencing Factors and Sentencing Levels. This first post will provide an overview of DWI plea or trial considerations, and include the DWI Sentencing Factors. Part II will focus on Driving While Impaired Sentencing Levels and the associated consequences with those levels. The ...
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  • DWI and Vehicle Seizure

    "I was charged with DWI in North Carolina and my vehicle was seized, and I am told it is going to be sold, is this true and how can I stop it?" The short answer is: "it depends". If you or someone you know has had their vehicle seized related to a Driving While Impaired (DWI) charge, contact the experienced attorneys on the Dummit Fradin Driving While Impaired practice team as soon as possible ...
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  • Expunction / Expungement: Cleaning Up a Criminal Record

    Whether you call it an expunction or expungement (they are used interchangeably), the process by which one can wipe their criminal record clean is a great tool and one that may prove very worthwhile. Having a criminal record can affect potential employment and educational opportunities and can have implications on eligibility for governmental programs and immigration. In North Carolina, an ...
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