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.

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 Answered2019-05-03T11:33:34-04:00

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

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

Driving privileges revoked? You may need a NC DMV Hearing.2018-12-12T14:33:27-04:00

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.2017-12-27T20:14:23-04:00

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The Charlotte City Council met on Monday, July 17th, 2017 and repealed a controversial crowd-control ordinance, which was passed 5 years ago before the Democratic National Convention in 2012.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 ordinance2018-12-31T12:57:49-04:00

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 Support2018-10-25T17:05:42-04:00

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 Officers2019-02-14T10:14:32-04:00

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 Record2018-10-25T14:17:05-04:00

If a Law Enforcement Officer Pats Me Down, Can He Seize Anything that He Discovers On Me?

If a law enforcement officer pats me down, can he seize anything that he discovers on me? As in most cases, the answer to this questions is - it depends. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits law enforcement officers from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that officers need a search [...]

If a Law Enforcement Officer Pats Me Down, Can He Seize Anything that He Discovers On Me?2017-08-18T14:41:38-04:00

Reduced Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Offenses

The United States Sentencing Commission ("USSC"), an independent agency in the judicial branch, has voted unanimously to amend the federal sentencing guidelines to reduce the sentences for most drug trafficking offenses. Perhaps most notably, this amendment will apply retroactively. Therefore, the amendment could shorten sentences for nearly 50,000 people who are currently incarcerated for [...]

Reduced Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Offenses2017-10-10T19:46:57-04:00
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