KNOW WHO LIVES DOWN THE STREET PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS By Frances S. Knox Significant changes in Sex Offender Laws in this State have been recently made and a new crime has been created. Specifically, the following changes to Sex Offender Laws have been made: Statutory rape or sexual offense of a person…

Traffic Court Can Be A Trap For The Unwary by Allen Brotherton Most people recognize that it would be foolish to go to court on a serious criminal charge without the aid of an experienced attorney. In addition to the myriad procedural rules and technicalities arising from both the statutes and appellate court decisions, there…

Unconstitutional DWI Law Corrected After 2 Years by Allen C. Brotherton For almost 2 years, portions of North Carolina’s DWI sentencing provisions regarding aggravated punishment levels have been unconstitutional. A decision of the NC Court of Appeals handed down September 7, 2004 so held, and the ruling was affirmed by our Supreme Court July 1…

What To Do When The Blue Light Appears by Allen C. Brotherton The roadways of North Carolina are patrolled by many different law enforcement agencies, including the state highway patrol, municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices. They use a great variety of patrol cars, but all have one thing in common: a blue light…

NC Law Tough On DWI by Allen C. Brotherton Impaired driving is a danger that rightly concerns us all. Every legislative session seems to bring a drumbeat for new laws increasing DWI punishment. But are our current laws really soft on DWI? Let’s take a closer look. As an introduction to the attitude behind our…

Riding The Hog by Edward Knox I grew up on a farm. One of the highlights of being a young farm boy was the opportunity to help break a young colt of adjoining farmers. There was something thrilling about seeing if you could conquer a young horse. In our lives, all of us seek to experience some…

DRUG & PAIN ADDICTION AFTER AUTO ACCIDENTS WHO’s AT RISK? by Frances Knox I recently had the opportunity to attend a Lawyers Mutual seminar. Lawyers Mutual is the leading malpractice insurer for attorneys in North Carolina. North Carolina attorneys are required to take yearly continuing education classes – one of which is substance abuse. One…

New DWI Law Makes Sweeping Changes to District Court Procedure by Allen Brotherton Much has been written about the new DWI law which took effect on December 1, 2006, applicable to offenses committed on or after that date. The most ballyhooed change is actually not a change at all. Specifically, the most publicized amendment is…

DRIVERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MAY NOT USE A MOBILE TELEPHONE Starting on December 1, 2006, it became illegal for a person under the age of 18 to use a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle on a public road in North Carolina, regardless of whether the phone is hands-free. However, there are…

JIM BLACK’S “ALFORD PLEA”: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? by Allen Brotherton Former NC House Speaker, Rep. Jim Black, entered a guilty plea to bribery and obstruction of justice charges in a state courtroom in Raleigh last week.  After pleading guilty, Black sat and listened while an SBI investigator testified about payments by Black to former…

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