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No matter where you are, if you are behaving in a manner that disturbs the peace, you could be facing charges of criminal disorderly conduct. According to North Carolina Code, the following behaviors are considered to fall under the term of disorderly conduct:  

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Although a misdemeanor does not carry the same consequences as a felony, it is still important to treat a misdemeanor with hard-hitting and aggressive criminal defense. Misdemeanors still have potential for serious penalties and should be taken very seriously. Many misdemeanors, such as shoplifting, can cause others to question your morals or character and can follow and affect you for the rest of your life.  

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Attorney Profile: James Cummings

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 21, 2015

 

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Safe Boating In Eastern North Carolina

  • By James Cummings
  • May 07, 2015

Boating can be a fun and relaxing hobby but can get dangerous if you're not careful or if alcohol is involved. There is a zero tolerance policy for boat operators on the water. Just like when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle, when you're behind the wheel of a boat you are responsible for safe operation of the vessel. If you've been drinking, you're not fully aware of everything going on around you and there could be a lot of opportunity for accidents or dangers. 

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What To Do After An Accident

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

If you are involved in an auto accident, there are certain procedures that must be followed. Despite the confusion that typically accompanies being involved in an accident, you are still expected to obey the law. First and foremost it is required that you do not leave the scene. If you drive off from the accident, you could face hit and run charges.  

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Key Components To Reducing Traffic Charges

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Being pulled over and given a ticket is not anybody’s idea of a good day. A traffic ticket can add points to your driving record, and increase your insurance rates. There are ways to avoid these consequences though, and one popular method of keeping the impact of a traffic ticket to a minimum is by seeking a reduction of the charges.  

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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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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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The dangers of drinking and driving are well-known. Impaired drivers are less likely to devote their full time and attention to their driving, and as a result an accident can happen. Fighting a DWI can be scary, but with the help of a strategic legal partner, a solid defense can be established. One of the most common defenses is to attack the field sobriety test results. And in a decent number of cases, the results have been found to be invalid. The invalidity of the test hinges on several things, a common theme being that the test result is a “false positive”. Other common areas of error include operator error and equipment malfunction. Any of these things can lead to a test result that is not valid, which provides a strong defense to a DWI charge. But, in today’s technology filled world, a new form of dangerous driving exists: the text and drive scenario.  

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