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Defending against a DWI charge

Driving while intoxicated is against the law in all 50 states. In North Carolina, if your blood alcohol content is .08% or higher, your judgment is considered impaired, and you may lose your license, receive a fine or get jail time if arrested. At The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C. we have experience representing clients accused of driving under the influence.

Getting ready for a new chapter in your life

The problem with criminal accusations is often that they often stay around on our clients' records much longer than necessary. At the Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C., we often find that this history has prevented clients from getting what they want out of life. 

Underage DUI from a parent's point of view

Drunk driving charges often bring a number of hardships into a person's life, whether they have lost their ability to drive or are worried about spending time behind bars. Often, these charges can lead to additional problems. For example, being unable to drive or being sentenced to prison can result in the loss of one's job. Moreover, many young people have been charged with underage drunk driving and this can create problems within an entire family. If your child has been accused of driving while they were under the influence of alcohol, there are many different issues that may need to be considered.

Drunk driving test accuracy rates

Have you been arrested and charged with a driving under the influence offense in North Carolina? If so, you are likely interested in learning how you may defend yourself against these charges. First, it is important to remember that an arrest does not mean you are convicted of a charge and you have the right to a defense. 

Is underage drinking ever allowed in North Carolina?

The legal age to purchase and possess alcohol is 21 across the United States. However, each state has its own restrictions when it comes to underage drinking. For instance, some states permit minors to drink alcohol in a private residence, in the presence of their parents. Other states ban all types of underage alcohol consumption outright.

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.

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