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About Observational Period Violations

  • By James Cummings
  • Oct 24, 2017

  

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Frequently Asked DWI Questions

  • By James Cummings
  • Sep 20, 2017

Here in North Carolina, the courts take driving while under the influence (DWI) offenses seriously. Now, if you or a loved one have been charged with a DWI, you’ll be facing some major fines and penalties. It’s important to know as much about the law in order to protect yourself from unfair prosecution. It’s advisable to contact a defense attorney who specializes in the DWI law in North Carolina, in order to ensure that your rights are protected.  

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Avoid DWI In Eastern NC This Summer

  • By James Cummings
  • May 07, 2015

Summer is quickly approaching and we know it's always nice to enjoy an alcoholic beverage on the beach. It's important to understand how your alcohol consumption can put yourself and others in danger if you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.  

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In any criminal case it can be confusing to try and figure out the evidence, and what can be used to help or hurt you. The law places certain burdens on the parties to the case, and when the party responsible for establishing their burden fails to do so the case should be dismissed. Sounds easy enough, right? Unfortunately, things don’t always go this smoothly.  

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How Does An Interlock Device Work?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

North Carolina DWI law is very complicated. Under certain circumstances, a DWI conviction may lead to an interlock device being installed in your car. When you have an interlock device installed in your car, you will not be able to start your car’s ignition until you blow into the device which measures your BAC..If you have been charged with DWI, it is important to understand how an interlock device works.  

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It seems there is a top ten list, or a how to list, for nearly everything. From how to do your taxes to how to change a light bulb, instructions for nearly every task can easily be found online. And, if you are not able to locate the information you need by performing a quick internet search, there is always a late night talk show host ready to dole out advice on life’s most important topics.  

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Sideline Reporter Has Been Sidelined

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

A DWI arrest is scary and confusing. In the moments just after you are pulled over, your thoughts are consumed with what to do next. You might wonder how much of a fine you will face, or if your job will be in jeopardy as a result of the charges. When the police say you are driving while intoxicated it is important to develop a solid defense to the charges so the things you care about, like your job or right to drive, are protected. Our extensive experience in criminal defense, and DWI defense, gives us valuable insight on how to best fight DWI charges in eastern North Carolina.  

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How To Defend A DWI In Eastern North Carolina

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

When you are accused of driving while intoxicated it can be difficult to determine the best defense. This is because each case is different, with its own unique set of facts. The facts of your case may dictate the type of defense you establish, and it is important that put all the information in the hands of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Trusting another with your future is hard to do, but allowing an experienced DWI defense attorney to protect your rights is the first step towards a satisfactory resolution of your case.  

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DWI cases are two-fold, there is the criminal case against you for DWI and there is also an administrative portion of the matter concerning your right to drive. What most people don’t realize when they receive a DWI is that they must fight both of these cases in order to reach an acceptable outcome. The portion of the case dealing with your driver’s license should not be ignored because you face the loss of your driving privileges. If you are unable to drive, it will be difficult for you to get to work or school, and can cause a strain on your relationships with family and friends.  

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Is A Breath Test Reliable?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

One of the most adrenaline inducing moments of life can be when you see the flashing lights of a police cruiser in your rear view mirror after you’ve been drinking. The first few seconds can be the worst, and the anxiety that is produced lingers for days after the event. Anyone who has been in this situation is understandably scared, and wonders what the best course of action is to resolve the matter. Part of the confusion may stem from the process, and in particular the breath test. The facts are clear though: not all results are reliable. Human error plays a part in the testing, and since no one is perfect it is wise to challenge the validity of the test results.  

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