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  • Civil Law

    The latest posts for Civil Law are listed below.
    • Keeping Your Privacy Private

      In a world full of Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Periscope, pictures, posts and relationship statuses are posted for all of your friends and followers to see. In the midst of the "OMG" and "LOL" comments, these social media accounts are a goldmine for gathering evidence against you in your custody and/or divorce case(s). Sure, blocking or unfriending the opposing party (and their ...
    • Recovering Attorney's Fees in Civil Cases

      Innocent plaintiffs are often frustrated by the need to pay attorney's fees despite their legitimate claims against wrongful defendants. Understandably, many plaintiffs believe that they would not need to spend money on legal fees if the defendant had not acted wrongfully. Thus, successful plaintiffs often seek to have the defendant pay their legal fees for them. Unfortunately for such plaintiffs, ...
    • Summary Judgment In North Carolina

      An Introduction to Summary Judgment In North Carolina What if there was a way to have certain issues, or even an entire case, decided without having to go through a long trial? "Summary judgment" is a procedural device that offers just that. Summary judgment is a way for the court to dispose of claims that the plaintiff (the party bringing the lawsuit) cannot prove or that the defendant (the party ...

    Criminal Defense

    The latest posts for Criminal Defense are listed below.
    • NC Juvenile Justice Reform Gains Support

      North Carolina is one of two remaining states to treat 16 and 17 year olds accused of crimes as adults in the criminal justice system. Under a law that took effect in 1919, there are no exceptions to this rule. Over the years, many legal and psychological experts have compiled data to show the shortcomings of strictly prosecuting minors as adults, and many states have changed their policies to ...
    • Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Against Kernersville Police Officers

      You may recall from our previous blog that Dummit Fradin represented a Surry County couple against five Kernersville police officers accused of misconduct. Just weeks before the case was set to go to trial, a settlement has been reached in favor of plaintiffs Teresa Blackburn and Adrian Martinez-Perez. The lawsuit alleged that the police officers illegally seized $20,000 from the couple and ...
    • 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 ...

    DWI

    The latest posts for DWI are listed below.
    • Advocates Pushing for More IIDs for DWI Offenders

      A new bill making its way through the North Carolina House and Senate seeks to curb the ability of DWI offenders to drive drunk after a conviction. Advocates including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other law enforcement officials are calling on legislators to require Ignition Interlock Devices (IIDs) for all drivers who have been convicted of operating a vehicle above the legal limit of ...
    • 175 DUI Cases Dismissed in NC Over Cop Who Lied in Court

      A North Carolina district attorney has dismissed 71 traffic-related offenses and 104 DWI cases after it was uncovered that a sheriff’s deputy lied in court . The officer, Deputy Robert Davis, was found to have lied in at least three cases, prompting Judge Jacqueline Brewer to disqualify the DWI Task Force Member and 18-year veteran as a witness. In one of the cases, a woman the officer arrested in ...
    • Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Against Kernersville Police Officers

      You may recall from our previous blog that Dummit Fradin represented a Surry County couple against five Kernersville police officers accused of misconduct. Just weeks before the case was set to go to trial, a settlement has been reached in favor of plaintiffs Teresa Blackburn and Adrian Martinez-Perez. The lawsuit alleged that the police officers illegally seized $20,000 from the couple and ...

    Family Law

    The latest posts for Family Law are listed below.
    • 5 Child Custody Mistakes to Avoid

      For many parents involved in a divorce or separation, child custody becomes one of the top concerns. In North Carolina, all family law decisions involving children are made with the best interests of a child in mind. This means that it is more beneficial to you to demonstrate all the things that make you a parent who is fit and responsible enough to provide your child with the care and support ...
    • Should You Date During a Divorce?

      The divorce process can be a difficult experience, especially when it comes to wanting to begin a new life and find a new partner. While it is healthy and natural for divorcees to start new relationships, doing so while a divorce is pending can have some repercussions during a legal case. This is generally why most family law attorneys advise clients to wait until a divorce is finalized before ...
    • Divorce Danger: Never Split Retirement Accounts By a Specific Number

      When a person chooses to file for divorce, chances are they want to get through the legal process as quickly as possible so they can pursue a fresh start. While this is only natural, given that most divorces occur when two people grow apart, it is important for divorcing spouses to carefully consider all factors of the divorce process to ensure they take the necessary steps towards protecting ...

    News

    The latest posts for News are listed below.
    • Dummit Fradin Represents Plaintiffs in Police Misconduct Case

      Dummit Fradin recently received media attention in a case involving five Kernersville police officers who violated the constitutional rights of a Surry County couple. The lawsuit, which was filed in July 2014, alleged that the five police officers assaulted, arrested, and seized $4,000 from one plaintiff, and then seized $16,000 from the other plaintiff, all without probable cause. A U.S. District ...
    • Voted Best Attorneys by Yes Weekly Readers in the Triad Area

      Thank you Yes! Weekly readers for voting us the best attorneys in the Triad! Get in touch with one of our award winning attorneys today at (800) 507-7494 .
    • 2015 AV Preeminent Award

      Congratulations to Clarke Dummit for achieving the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

    Personal Injury

    The latest posts for Personal Injury are listed below.
    • Contributory Negligence

      Contributory Negligence in North Carolina A majority of personal injury claims rest on the legal doctrine of "negligence." North Carolina imposes a duty on every person to use the level of ordinary care that a reasonable and prudent person would use under the same or similar circumstances. When a person fails to use ordinary care that person is considered to be "negligent." " Contributory ...

    Workers' Compensation

    The latest posts for Workers' Compensation are listed below.
    • Worker's Compensation Claims & Federal Employees

      Typically, workers' compensation claims in North Carolina are governed by the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. However, when the plaintiff is a federal employee their claims are governed by the Federal Employees' Compensation Act. The Federal Act calls for the United States to compensate federal employees for any injury sustained while in the performance of his or her job if that injury ...
    • 6 Wrong Reasons to NOT hire a Workers' Compensation Lawyer

      You read that correctly! Seriously. After all of my years of experience and practice, it still surprises me to hear some of the reasons folks have for not getting legal representation. So, here’s a list of the top 5 reasons why people don’t think they should get an attorney: I don’t want to sue my employer . Well, okay. Fair enough, but guess what? This actually isn’t a problem. Why? Because ...
    • Do I Have A Workers' Compensation Claim?

      Good question. Whenever a workers' compensation claim is started, a qualified workers' compensation attorney has to consider the following two questions: Does this injury qualify for coverage under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act? Is this covered (or should it be covered) under the employer's workers' compensation insurance? When it comes to determining whether or not you have a ...
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