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Carteret County Expungement Attorney

  • By James Cummings
  • Jun 03, 2015

Just because you have been criminally charged does not mean that you are without hope. There are instances in which a first-time offender can get the crime expunged from their record. Expungement means that the records are sealed and that anyone who runs a background check would not run across the criminal case and that someone who had been involved in the law would be able to honestly answer "no" when asked if they have been - providing them with the ability to easily and successfully move forward in their future unhampered by the prior conviction.  

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Drug charges can result in either a misdemeanor or felony conviction. When that happens, the consequences are harsh and long lasting. To avoid irreparable damage to your criminal record, it is critical to put on a solid defense. The facts of your case must be carefully examined and analyzed in order to develop an effective defense strategy. Because no two cases are alike it is important to identify the facts that help you and use them to your advantage. An arrest for a drug related crime is frightening, but skilled criminal defense attorneys help you wade through the confusion and put your best foot forward.  

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Nearly every important life event is tied to a timeline. For instance, you are not allowed to drive until you are 16, and the first time you are eligible to vote is at age 18. Having known deadlines helps you keep on track, and ensure you don’t miss important events. In the law, different types of cases have different deadlines. If a party fails to act by a certain time, they are prevented from ever doing so. A perfect example of this rule is found in personal injury cases, where the injured party must file a case for damages within a certain amount of time after the accident, or they are forever barred from bring suit. Criminal law is no different, in some instances.  

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This Isn't My Major!

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Being accused of a crime is no walk in the park, for anyone. When the accused is a college student, however, the experience can have a more significant impact. College students and minors charged with crimes need to take immediate action, to ensure the futures they are pursuing remain possible. When minors are charged with crimes it is important to set the record straight, so future employment and education opportunities are not missed.  

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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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Can Charges Be Erased From My Record?

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 02, 2014

After an arrest and conviction, many people want to have the slate wiped clean. The legal process of expungement removes criminal charges completely from your record. Having a clean criminal record is important when you apply for jobs and certain licenses. Having charges “erased” is available only in certain circumstances, and the advice of a competent criminal defense attorney helps clarify when you should seek expungement. 

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