Criminal Defense Blog

Our criminal defense blog covers a variety of topics including DMV hearings, expungements, and many misdemeanor and felony questions. Get informed and make better decisions regarding your case.

What the NC First Step Act Means For Your Loved Ones

NC First Step Act December 2019 Update The NC First Step Act has the potential to positively affect a great number of North Carolina inmates with criminal felony offenses. While this bill is not yet law, it's made notable progress in NC legislature since its introduction in March of 2019. As of December 2019, the [...]

What the NC First Step Act Means For Your Loved Ones2019-12-20T16:53:14-05:00

Expungement in NC | 9 Common Questions Answered

In North Carolina, it is possible to get your record cleaned by petitioning the court for an expungement. But the act of getting your record cleaned is a bit more complicated than just petitioning the court. Below we answer 9 common questions regarding expungement in NC. What is an expungement? An expungement is when a [...]

Expungement in NC | 9 Common Questions Answered2019-10-24T09:47:34-04:00

Driving privileges revoked? You may need an NC DMV Hearing.

If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked or is about to be revoked or suspended, there are many times opportunities to contest the suspension through an NC DMV hearing. You can also possibly apply for a court-ordered driving privilege. There are three basic steps to getting you driving again: Assess, Fix, Apply!  Assess [...]

Driving privileges revoked? You may need an NC DMV Hearing.2020-01-16T11:18:10-05:00

Governor Cooper signs into law SB445 that streamlines and expands the ability to get a criminal record expunged in North Carolina.

Most people do not realize that even if a charge is dismissed or they are found not guilty, the original charge still appears on their criminal record. Dismissed charges make it hard to rent a home, find a job, gain admission to college, and hinder other opportunities. The collateral consequences of a felony dismissal can [...]

Governor Cooper signs into law SB445 that streamlines and expands the ability to get a criminal record expunged in North Carolina.2020-01-02T10:10:25-05:00

Charlotte City Council repeals controversial crowd control ordinance

The Charlotte City Council met on Monday, July 17th, 2017 and repealed a controversial crowd-control ordinance, which was passed 5 years ago before the Democratic National Convention in 2012. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney and city staff agreed the ordinance is no longer needed.  He told City Council that his officers need to focus on [...]

Charlotte City Council repeals controversial crowd control ordinance2018-12-31T12:57:49-05:00

What’s the difference between DUI and DWI

Have you heard people use the terms DUI and DWI and wondered what the difference between them was? DWI stands for Driving While Impaired and DUI means Driving Under the Influence. Although you often hear both terms used, the state of North Carolina does not make a distinction between them. Prior to 1983 there was [...]

What’s the difference between DUI and DWI2018-10-25T13:33:10-04:00

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 [...]

NC Juvenile Justice Reform Gains Support2019-12-31T16:55:49-05:00

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 [...]

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Against Kernersville Police Officers2020-01-10T13:21:29-05:00

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 [...]

Expunction / Expungement: Cleaning Up a Criminal Record2020-01-02T09:55:21-05:00

During a Police Pat Down, Can The Officer Seize Anything that He Finds On Me?

If you're stopped for a police pat down, also known as a terry stop, you may wonder if the police officer can take or seize whatever he find on you. As in most cases, the answer to these questions is - it depends. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits law enforcement officers [...]

During a Police Pat Down, Can The Officer Seize Anything that He Finds On Me?2019-08-26T12:08:25-04:00
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