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Seeing a weapon changes witness accuracy

When a witness testifies about what happened during a crime or picks a suspect out of a lineup, there are a lot of factors that influence the decisions that they make. One of the biggest factors is whether or not they saw a weapon during the event.

By comparing those who saw weapons to those who did not, researchers found that the people who saw the weapons made more false identifications and fewer correct identifications.

What do you when the police are at your door?

There's a knock at the door, and you see the police standing outside. Whether it's a couple of officers in blue standing there or a pair of detectives in suits, you need to know how to protect yourself.

Here are some things that you should keep in mind about your rights when police come to your home and how to handle the situation:

A teacher is charged with drunk driving after falling asleep

A 43-year-old coach and teacher in Cary was arrested and charged with both driving while intoxicated (DWI) and child abuse charges this past weekend.

Court records show that police found the man passed out behind the wheel of his running car in the early morning hours of Jan. 11. His car was parked in a space in the parking lot of the Sheetz gas station located at the intersection of Kit Creek Road and N.C. Highway 55 right around 1 a.m. Police found an unaged child in the rear seat of that vehicle as well.

Top 3 ways a prescription drug can lead to criminal charges

Prescription medications are also known as controlled substances, a name which means that the government regulates their production, storage, dispensation and use. There are multiple reasons that the government has an active role in policing the use of certain medications.

The first and most obvious is in the interest of public health and the importance of standards in medicine. As regulated, controlled substances, prescription drugs are subject to intense scrutiny and oversight for purity, standardization of dose and other important factors. This means that the public knows what they get when they purchase a prescription drug, which makes it easier for physicians to safely administer the drugs and the public to take medications without unnecessary risks.

What should I know about traffic tickets and the points system?

If you think back to when you were first studying for your North Carolina license, you likely read a lot about how you can get points on your license for taking different actions. When many of us think of a rewards programs or a test, we associate the idea of points with something good. It's not something to strive for when it comes to driving though. Drivers who rack up excessive points may not only have to pay higher insurance premiums but also lose their license.

Most states including North Carolina have a points system in place which is used by the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to keep track of a driver's serious traffic infractions. They assign varying point values to any number of moving violations including speeding, texting and driving, reckless operation of a vehicle, failures to stop, illegal turns and driving under the influence (DUI). If you receive too many points, then the state may suspend or revoke your driver's license.

Criminal records, race and job search issues

You know that having a criminal record can impact your ability to find employment. Many companies run background checks. Some will not hire you if you have a record, especially if it's a felony.

While others may technically be open to hiring you, the criminal record can be used as a tie-breaker. If you and another applicant are just as well-qualified and experienced, the applicant without the record will get the job.

2 area school district officials arrested for DUI since September

Since September, two Horry County, South Carolina, school district officials have been arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

In September, the District 1 school board member was arrested after she allegedly failed to follow field sobriety test directions. Once she was taken into the jail in North Myrtle Beach, she reportedly refused a Breathalyzer test. South Carolina law required her driving privileges to be suspended immediately.

Can you turn right if you have a red arrow?

If you pull up to a red arrow, waiting to make a right turn, you may be tempted to turn through the arrow if the traffic is clear. Can you do this or not?

There has been some confusion over the rule in recent years, but the basic answer is that you cannot turn on a red arrow. Even if you are turning right, you have to wait for the green to make the turn.

What is burglary?

Many people believe they understand all of the elements of a burglary charge, but the reality is that many myths exist and people often have an incorrect mental picture of what this crime looks like. It is important to break down these myths and truly understand the issues at hand, especially for those who are facing legal charges that they do not believe accurately represent what happened in the case.

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When could an expunction be ideal for you?

In North Carolina, the words expungement and expunction are used interchangeably. Both terms refer to a process by which an individual previously convicted of a crime may ask the court to remove their conviction, charges or arrest from their record. There are various reasons why an individual may want to seek an expunction of their record.

Whether an individual has merely been arrested and charged with a crime (and later acquitted or had the charges dismissed) or was actually convicted, that person is likely to face difficulty in securing certain jobs, professional licenses and financial aid. An expunged record may allow that individual to pursue these opportunities more freely.

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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