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The real trouble with eyewitness accounts

Don't believe that eyewitness just because they seem sincere. They may very well be completely wrong about what they think they saw.

Does it sound outlandish? It often does to the jury. If you get accused of a crime, an eyewitness says they saw you there, and you protest that they're not telling the truth, who does the jury believe? Do they back you or do they back the person who has nothing to gain?

Should you 'waive' a traffic ticket in North Carolina?

If you are cited in North Carolina with something such as a minor speeding violation or an equipment violation, it might be a "waivable offense." What is that?

It's a minor offense. To handle it, you can "waive" your right to appear in court and challenge the ticket. Mailing in the ticket with a check for the fine, in effect, waives your opportunity to go to court. If you choose to pay the fine, you are admitting guilt and could see points placed on your driver's license and/or your automobile rates could rise.

Concerns arise over traffic citations in North Carolina county

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has "separated" with a trooper amid an investigation into irregularities concerning traffic tickets in Harnett County.

The issue arose after a supervisor reviewed weekly citations, focusing initially on tickets written by one trooper and extending the scrutiny to another trooper. As a result, a nine-year veteran trooper has left the Highway Patrol. The other, a five-year veteran, has been put on administrative duty during the internal investigation.

Why you should hire a criminal defense lawyer

When faced with a criminal charge in Bolivia, North Carolina it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Why? There are a number of reasons, all of which help move the case towards a favorable outcome for you.

Below, you will find a list of the reasons why you should always hire a defense lawyer when faced with criminal charges.

  • An experienced lawyer knows the local and state laws
  • A lawyer understands the charges against you and can explain them explicitly
  • A lawyer knows the deadlines for filing appeals and other motions
  • A lawyer has experience dealing with the local prosecutors and judges
  • A lawyer knows what plea deals could be available to you
  • A lawyer knows how to negotiate with the prosecutor to have the charges reduced or dropped
  • A lawyer knows how to build a strong defense to the charges against you
  • A lawyer will be able to explain how you should act and speak in a courtroom
  • A lawyer can paint the picture of what happens if convicted and when sentencing occurs
  • A lawyer will be honest about your case and the possible outcomes
  • A lawyer can answer your questions and guide you in the best possible direction when faced with criminal charges

AAA survey shows millions of Americas drive while high

A whopping 70 percent of Americans don't think drivers who are high on marijuana will be caught by police.

That's according to a new survey published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which showed that an estimated 14.8 million people drove within one hour of using marijuana over the past month.

How can you avoid getting a ticket for excessive window tinting?

Are you considering having your car windows tinted to help shield you and your family from the scorching North Carolina summer heat? Do you just want a little more privacy while you're driving on crowded roads? Maybe you have a medical condition that increases your photosensitivity or makes it necessary to reduce the glare and/or heat in your vehicle.

Whatever the reason, if you add tint to your vehicle's windows, it's essential to know that North Carolina, like other states, has regulations governing how dark and how extensive it can be. The tint can't extend further than 5 inches down the windshield. The tint also can't exceed 32% visible light transmission (VLT). If your tinting doesn't meet those requirements, you can be issued a ticket.

Why are DWI arrests dropping in many parts of North Carolina?

The increasing availability of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is at least one reason for the drop in DWI arrests in North Carolina over the past five years -- especially in the state's largest metropolitan areas like Raleigh and Charlotte. That's the conclusion of an investigation by a local Raleigh news team.

An official with Mothers Against Drunk Driving of North Carolina (MADD) agrees. She says, "We do attribute that [decline] to people being able to access...rides."

How is marijuana possession penalized in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Controlled Substances Act describes how marijuana is considered to be a Schedule VI substance in the state. Although the possession of this illicit drug isn't punished as seriously as more addictive ones such as heroin or cocaine, conviction is possible. This is especially the case if you're found guilty of selling or trafficking marijuana.

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An Award-Winning LawyerFirm founder Dustin R.T. Sullivan has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in North Carolina. His accolades include:

  • Super Lawyer2017 Rising Star in DWI Defense Super Lawyers of North Carolina
  • Superior DUI Attorney 20162016 Superior DUI Attorney ranking for fourth consecutive year by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Super Lawyer | Dustin R.T. Sullivan | Selected In 20172016 Public Service Award for Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • 10 Best 2017 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction 2015 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • NAFLA2015 Top 10 Ranking by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
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    • 2014 Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
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  • StarNews Media | Finalist for Best Attorney2013 Finalist for Best Attorney in Cape Fear region by Wilmington Star News
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