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Expungement requirements in North Carolina

Many talk about the importance of you being able to move on with your life in Wilmington following a criminal conviction. Actually doing so can be difficult due to the mere fact that you have such an offense associated with your name. Many in your same situation have come to us here at The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C. asking if there is some form of relief that can help them find post-conviction success. Like them, you will be happy to there that there is: expungement. 

Examining North Carolina's self-defense law

Like most in Wilmington, you likely believe yourself capable of resolving any situation you are faced with in a calm, collected manner. While that may indeed be true in most cases, there may also be times where you fell compelled to act (forcefully even) to avoid danger to yourself and others. You have probably heard people describe situations where they claim to have encountered just such a situation and been skeptical of their claims, yet your disbelief will likely disappear when faced with a similar scenario. The question then becomes the same that many have asked us here at The Law Office of L. Brian Smith, P.C.: were you justified in your actions? 

Wilmington mother accused of trying to shoot daughter

There's an old saying that details that line between love and hate can be razor thin. This may be due to the fact that people invest a lot of time and emotion into loving someone. When that amount of emotion is involved in a relationship, it may not take much to quickly turn it from being positive to negative. This is likely the reason why family disputes are so often fraught with tension. The pressure and stress that can come with such tension may often cause people to act in ways that they otherwise would not. 

What is the law regarding writing a bad check?

Making an occasional mistake with your checking account is something everyone has done at one point or another in North Carolina. This is usually something you handle on your own with no major issues except perhaps some fees from your bank. This situation becomes a problem, according to the North Carolina General Assembly, when you knowingly write a bad check.

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.

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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