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The serious penalties for drunk driving in North Carolina

Drunk driving is a serious crime, but the penalties associated with DWI in North Carolina can have a significant impact on your life. Even if it is your first DWI and it is a misdemeanor, you would be wise to take these charges seriously and seek a beneficial outcome to your case. A conviction is never your only option.

In order to more effectively fight back against the charges you are currently facing, it can be useful to fully understand the nature of the charges and the potential penalties they can bring. There is much at stake, and you may want to begin to build a defense plan as soon as possible after an arrest.

Understanting the unique concerns of divorcing while young

The end of a marriage is often a stressful and challenging period, and the decision could require a great deal of deliberation. While some may believe that divorce is more complex when regarding individuals who are together for years, it can be just as difficult for young couples.

The value of a strong strategy may often be underestimated

A conviction for a drug-related crime can carry severe penalties that could be a hindrance in numerous avenues of your life, personal and professional alike. Perhaps you are facing possession charges and wish to avoid potentially devastating consequences, and you might be wondering how to achieve this goal.

Challenging drug charges can be a complex process, and seeking assistance in the initial stages for advice on forming a strong defense is often advisable. Having a strong defense strategy in place during court proceedings could prove invaluable to protecting your future.

Parenting after divorce: should you consider joint custody?

North Carolina parents know that divorce is often hardest on the youngest members of the family, which is why many parents choose to seek a custody arrangement that is sustainable and cooperative. Through a mutual concern for the well-being of the kids, parents may choose a joint custody arrangement. 

While joint custody is not an option for every family, it could be the right choice for yours. Parenting together after divorce is not an easy choice, but it may provide for a continuity of lifestyle and the ability to maintain strong relationships with both parents. If you think it could be right for you, you will find it beneficial to discuss this option with an experienced family law attorney.

Is it worth it to fight traffic tickets and moving violations?

A traffic ticket may not seem like a big deal at the time, but in reality, this seemingly small infraction could compromise your right to drive. If you cannot drive, it can be quite difficult to get back and forth to work and take your children where they need to go. A traffic violation can be much more than a simple inconvenience.

You will find it beneficial to take the appropriate legal action needed to effectively confront your traffic offense or ticket. Failure to handle this situation appropriately could lead to steep financial penalties. From moving violations to parking tickets, you have the right to know your potential legal options.

I want to modify my current child custody arrangements

You and your ex-spouse have a child custody order in place, but it's just not working for you. Perhaps you want to see more of your child but your ex-refuses to consider it. You have tried talking to your ex, but he or she is not interested in discussing the matter. Is there anything you can do? Can you have child custody arrangements changed?

The answer is... maybe. Technically, child custody can be modified at any point before your child reaches age 18. Generally speaking, however, a court usually only considers modification if circumstances change and they believe modification is necessary and in the best interests of the child.

Underage DWI is a charge you should take seriously

Underage drinking may seem like a minor crime since it involves individuals under the age of 21, but, in reality, a conviction will bring very steep consequences. These consequences are as serious, if not worse, than drunk driving charges for adults. If you are facing these charges, your future, freedom and right to drive are on the line.

Grandparents may face custody, visitation issues too

As a grandparent, you likely want to spend as much time with your grandchild or grandchildren as possible. Unfortunately, many individuals may face difficulties when it comes to their ability to visit their grandchildren, and you may find yourself among that group. However, as a grandparent, you may have rights that you could enforce to gain visitation or custody.

North Carolina child custody Q and A

When children are at the heart of a legal challenge, it can make the decision making process particularly difficult. As a parent, you just want to do what is best for your child. In order to do that, though, you may have some questions that need answering first. This is certainly true for child custody cases. 

Seeking what's best for your grandchildren

You probably remember quite well the day you became a grandparent. Perhaps, years have gone by since then, with many new and cherished memories established. Life can involve drastic turns, and, unfortunately, some grandparents in North Carolina have gone from rejoicing at the births of their grandchildren, to fighting for their best interests.

If you're facing challenges regarding a similar situation, it may be helpful to seek clarification of the laws that govern such matters before taking any formal action.

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