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North Carolina has new rules for clearing your record

Everyone makes mistakes. Your history, your record and your past are important aspects of who you are and what you have become. Having a criminal record is nothing to feel ashamed of, but if you want to get your record expunged, a law change near the end of last year may help you do it.

Your sentence may be determined by bad math

When you're accused of a crime you want to know how long your sentence could be, and that's your bottom line. In that moment you don't have time to consider how sentence lengths are determined, but maybe you should. New research is finding that one of the major tools that judges use in determining sentence length may have major flaws.

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.

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.

Should North Carolina raise the age to try criminal defendants as adults to 18?

In August 2016, the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice held public hearings for reform proposal. One reform proposal that is generating a lot of buzz is the call for North Carolina to raise its juvenile age to 18.

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