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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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Attorney Spotlight: Sydney Cummings

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 21, 2015

 

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My Post Got 100 Likes!

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Every time a party to a lawsuit has a Facebook photo, tweet, or Instagram picture used against them in a legal proceeding the inventor of the World Wide Web probably rolls over in his grave. The internet is a powerful tool, and is beneficial to employees and students across the globe, but it can also contain information that you’d prefer be kept private. If you are being charged with a crime, it is important to know that the things you post on social media may come back to haunt you.  

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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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Making the decision to act as a designated driver is a responsible choice. This does not necessarily mean that your passengers will abstain from drinking, or even that there will not be alcohol in your car. Being pulled over while sober and facing alcohol related charges seems contradictory. This type of circumstance most commonly happens when there is an open container in your car. To avoid these types of charges, it is critical to understand what facts can lead to a charge of violation of North Carolina's state open container laws.  

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Will An Old Ticket Cause Me To Lose my License

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

In today’s fast paced hectic world, it can be easy to overlook or forget certain things. For instance, how many times have you been hit with a late charge on a monthly bill, or left your coffee cup on top of your car as you drive to work? These examples are minor, and don’t usually result in serious consequences. But things like failing to file a tax return, or letting a traffic ticket go unpaid, are a different story. In North Carolina, if you fail to pay traffic fines, you could lose your right to drive.  

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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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