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At Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, we are able to help you with alcohol-related charges. This can include helping clients deal with charges of boating while impaired after being on one of North Carolina's waterways, helping clients protect their driver's license in a DMV hearing after a DWI or could even mean that we are helping minors handle underage possession or fake ID charges. We also recognize that alcohol-related charges do not always stand on their own. For example, someone who has been criminally charged with public intoxication could also be facing concurrent disorderly conduct charges and we are fully prepared to handle both.  

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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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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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Another Student Athlete Faces DWI Charges

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

DWI cases are serious matters, with serious punishments. Loss of driving privileges from a DWI can mean you are unable to get to work or school, and earn a living. In some instances, your employer may add a layer to the punishment being imposed by the Court, and this can make your daily routine much more difficult. For athletes, it is not uncommon to be placed on suspension from your sports team when you receive a DWI. All of these consequences are severe, and can be damaging to your future.  

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DWI Basics

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Being arrested for DWI in North Carolina is a serious crime. North Carolina has one of the strictest DWI laws in the country. This is true dating back to the late 1990’s, and since that time the laws have become tougher. Because the laws are so harsh, many people think they cannot successfully defend a DWI charge. This is not true! You can and should fight back if you have been charged with DWI.  

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The Game Never Ends

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

When you hold a position that constantly puts you in the public eye, you may be destined to live the rest of your life in the spotlight even after your position as a public figure comes to an end. Consider politicians, such as the President of the United States. Most people would be hard pressed to think of a President that did not still make news, even after his term of office ended. The same is true of celebrities and athletes. Just because their time in the movies or professional sports comes to a close doesn’t mean once famous people are now free from paparazzi or from the journalist’s pen. 

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