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Failure to Appear in North Carolina Court

  • By James Cummings
  • Jun 03, 2015

Accusations of Failure to Appear in North Carolina court? Our criminal defense attorneys at Cummings and Kennedy are here to help. The criminal process has many different steps and deadlines. Missing a deadline can result in subsequent charged and increased issues.  

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What Freedoms Do I Lose If I Am On Probation

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Knowing what to expect when you are charged with a crime helps you prepare for the future. For example, if you will be required to pay fines and costs, knowing what is included in your total helps you budget your finances in a way that allows you to pay what is due while still meeting your personal obligations. It is also helpful to know what will be expected of you if you agreed to a term of probation, and what might happen if you fail to abide by those terms.  

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Some Good News For People On Probation

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

A good number of criminal cases are resolved by placing the defendant on probation. Being on probation allows you to maintain a greater portion of your freedom, which means you are able to go to work and earn a living. For many, this option is desirable because they have families to support, and probation allows for continued employment. However, probation is serious business and for it to work properly, you have to follow the rules. Failure to abide by the terms of your probation can lead to additional charges against you and possibly jail time.  

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Felony or Misdemeanor?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Being charged with any crime is life changing. In the initial moments after arrest, you are confused and scared; and rightfully so! Common concerns include wondering how the arrest will impact your life at home, work, school, or in the community. Some people face possible loss of employment if convicted of a crime, or might feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to pay criminal restitution. The possibility of going to jail is frightening, and criminal defendants often feel helpless. But cases can be and are won all the time. The first thing you should do is consult a skilled criminal defense attorney, and learn what the possible outcomes of your case include.  

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How Can I Get My Bond Reduced?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

When you are arrested for a crime, you may have the right to have the Court set a bond, so you can return home and work while your case is pending. A criminal case can move slowly, and it is important that you are out of jail while waiting for your hearings so you can continue going to work or school and providing for your family. But if the bond is set too high, you should ask the Court for a reduction in bond so it is manageable for your finances.  

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To combat the problems that come along with overuse of prescriptions, the Sheriff and District Attorney have implemented a program designed to put a stop to illegal sales of these substances. Operation Pill Crusher was launched in May, and since that time several suspects have been arrested. The range of charges filed includes:   
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Consequences Of Violating Court Orders

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 16, 2015

 
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Posting Bond

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 11, 2014

If you have been arrested for a crime, even if you have a “Get Out of Jail” free card, it probably won’t work. Chances are you will have to post bail to get out of jail while you wait for your next Court hearing. A bail bond is a financial guarantee to the Court that you will return for the proceedings against you. Bail is not a guarantee; the person arrested has to ask the Court to set an amount to be posted.  

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The Ins And Outs Of Posting Bond

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 07, 2014

Domestic violence occurs more frequently than most people realize. This is because what starts out as a simple argument can quickly escalate. When an argument reaches the level of physical violence, emotions run high and the “victim” often calls the authorities. This is true even when there may be no actual physical harm, but once called the process is set in motion. Finding your way out of this legal maze if you are considered the aggressor can be difficult. But, with the right criminal defense attorney by your side, the clock can be unwound and you can move forward in a positive way.  

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