Many people drive after drinking, not knowing that “drunk driving” is wholly different from “impaired driving.” North Carolina law provides judges with the discretion to sentence even first time offenders of D.W.I. to active jail time.
D.W.I. law is extremely technical in its make-up, as it employs traffic law, criminal law, and reliance on scientific instruments. Further, sentencing and post-conviction rights and privileges are far-removed from the like regarding other criminal matters, making it essential to be well-versed in this “hot button” area of the law.
Having a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or higher does not necessarily make one Guilty of D.W.I., nor does a reading below the legal limit or a refused chemical test necessarily make an accused person Not Guilty. It is important that one consider all aspects of his or her D.W.I. defense in determining how best to handle the matter.
Whether or not he or she has done something wrong, the procedural issues regarding a criminal charge can be very complicated. In fact, for those wrongly accused, the importance of being helped through the process is even more important, as the possibility exists of someone being unnecessarily punished.
Regardless of the nature of the charge or of one’s assumed guilt or innocence, considering all aspects of the law can be valuable in obtaining a favorable disposition to the matter. Further, accusations can often be most positively dealt with when addressed in a timely fashion; waiting to contact an attorney or avoiding the allegations as a whole can have damaging effects on the outcome.
After receiving a Traffic Citation, many simply “pay it off” under the advice of the citing officer or someone else. Others, under similar advice, choose to go to Safe Driver School or pursue other constructive methods of handling the infractions. Unfortunately, these manners of addressing traffic tickets can result in increased insurance rates and the revocation of one’s driver’s license, even for people with clean driving records.
Before taking any kind of action regarding a traffic citation, it is important that one seek the advice of an attorney familiar with traffic law and the allocation of insurance points in North Carolina.
Family Law & Divorce
The idea of even considering a separation or divorce can be a daunting prospect. In addition to the emotional strains associated with a difficult marriage, it’s not unusual to be afraid of the potential financial and legal costs. When children are involved, it can be all the more stressful.
The “unknowns” of separation, divorce, and custody are sometimes the things that cause the most fear. An attorney can help eliminate some of those lingering concerns by providing direct, frank, and precise information about the process.
Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice & Wrongful Death
The interaction we have with others every day subjects us to a certain degree of risk. It follows that everyone has a duty to act in an appropriate manner, regardless of what his or her relationship is to others.
The reality of the world is that the acts of some can negatively affect others, potentially leaving an innocent party injured. Fortunately, those hurt by the negligence or recklessness of others are often entitled to financial compensation, be it directly from the responsible party or from his or her insurer. To assure one’s self of the greatest potential for recovery, it is imperative that he or she contact an attorney immediately, as many aspects of the law regarding injury and recovery are time-sensitive.