Ask the Attorney: What is the Difference Between Being Under Arrest and Detained for Questioning?

Navigating legal matters can be confusing, especially when it involves knowing your rights during encounters with the police. One thing that commonly confuses people is figuring out the difference between being fully arrested and just being held by the police for questioning. Although both situations mean you’re not free to go, they’re actually quite different […]

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Bail Jumping: NC Law Explained

When you have been accused of a crime, it’s important to remain respectful of law enforcement and follow the instructions given to you by the court. When a defendant has been released on bail there are certain requirements to which he or she must adhere. Here’s what to know about bail jumping in North Carolina.  […]

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What to Include in a Job Application When You Have a Criminal Record

After facing the consequences of a criminal conviction, you likely just want to move forward with your life. Unfortunately, your conviction often follows you. When you’re searching and applying for jobs, you may feel the desire to hide your past mistakes in fear that your conviction will prevent you from obtaining employment. However, it’s extremely […]

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Ask the Attorney: What Happens After an Arrest Warrant is Issued?

With the issuance of an arrest warrant come many questions, such as: How soon will someone get arrested once an arrest warrant is issued? Will you be notified about the warrant? Can you be arrested anywhere? Here, our knowledgeable criminal defense attorney answers these common questions and more about the arrest warrant process. Q: What […]

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Theft Charges in the Self-Checkout Lane vs Traditional Checkout

The self-checkout lane has become one of the most popular ways for many people to buy things. It is convenient and often faster than waiting at a traditional checkout lane. You simply scan your own items, choose your payment method, pay, bag your things, and leave. However, many retailers are finding out that the self-checkout […]

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How Criminal Background Checks in Carteret County Can Be Used

It is very common for employers to use criminal background checks before hiring employees. That is certainly the case here in Carteret County, North Carolina. However, unless you work in human resources or law enforcement or are a criminal defense attorney, you’ve probably never seen what a criminal background check looks like. As a result, […]

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What Happens if You Violate a Restraining Order in North Carolina?

If you have been accused of violating a restraining order, it’s important that you take such accusations very seriously. Doing so is a criminal offense and if found guilty, you could end up facing serious penalties, including jail time. Here’s what happens if you violate a restraining order in North Carolina.  What Is a Restraining […]

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DWI Offense Levels in North Carolina

Drunk driving is never acceptable under any circumstances. In North Carolina, the categorization of offenses related to drunk driving differs based on various factors such as prior convictions and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at the time. Here are the DWI offense levels in North Carolina.  Driving While Impaired (DWI) In North Carolina, a person can […]

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Mitigating Factors for Larceny in NC

North Carolina defines theft, or “larceny,” as the wrongful taking and carrying away of another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that property.  There are many different types of larceny, including: Receiving stolen goods – the act of knowingly buying or receiving a property that is […]

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What to Do If Your Child Has Been Arrested for Shoplifting

Parenting isn’t easy and sometimes children make poor decisions that are out of our control. One call you never want to receive is from the police informing you that your child has been arrested for shoplifting. When receiving such a call it’s easy to feel panic, feeling that your child’s future is ruined. However, it’s […]

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