John McWilliam PLLCThe Raleigh DWI Lawyer - (919) 772-4000
Raleigh criminal law firm with a focus on driving while impaired (DWI) defense.
Law firm with offices in Cary and Raleigh, focused in criminal, driving while impaired and civil litigation. Western Wake Law Group offers you a wide range of professional, individualized legal services. We integrate highly skilled, experienced legal representation with a practical approach to solving your legal problems. Western Wake Law Group attorneys and staff take pride in serving you with professionalism and a commitment to individualized attention specific to your needs. We proudly represent client in the following practice areas:
Blue LLP(919) 833-1931
Downtown Raleigh law firm of Daniel T. Blue Jr., Dhamian Blue, Daniel T. Blue, III and Jenna Blue focused in the areas of Business Law, Federal and State Criminal Defense, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Appeals, and Personal Injury/Wrongful Death.
Roberts Law Group, PLLC(866) 630-2389
Roberts Law Group has successfully represented individuals just like you throughout North Carolina who have been charged with a wide range of misdemeanor and felony crimes. We handle federal criminal cases in the Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of North Carolina. Our founding attorney, Patrick Roberts, is admitted to argue matters before the United States Supreme Court. Learn more about our criminal defense practice, including: Computer crimes Domestic violence Identity theft Juvenile law Restraining order violations Shoplifting Theft and other stolen property crimes We can also advise you on issues that include the reduction of felony charges to misdemeanors and the overall court process in North Carolina. Raleigh Office Charlotte Office Wilmington Office Greensboro Office 203 W. Millbrook Road 112 S. Tryon Street 2 N. Front Street 114 N. Elm Street Suite 200 Suite 720 Suite D Suite 502 Raleigh, NC 27609 Charlotte, NC 28202 Wilmington, NC 28401 Greensboro, NC 27401
McCullers, Whitaker & Hamer(919) 772-7000
General Practice law firm with offices in Garner, Clayton and Cary.
Fay & Grafton is an Immigration and Criminal Defense firm with offices in Raleigh and Asheville, North Carolina. We have been in business in Wake County in the same location on South Saunders Street since 2005. In 2016, we expanded and opened an office in Asheville in the Biltmore building on Pack Square. William Fay is in our Asheville office. He handles criminal matters ranging from major felonies to simple traffic tickets in Buncombe County and the surrounding area. He volunteers his time with Buncombe County Teen Court, coaches the Buncombe County Mock Trial team, and serves on the Continuing Education Committees for both the North Carolina State Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Rebekah Grafton manages our immigration practice. Rebekah joined us from her position as a Trial Attorney with the Department of Homeland Security in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division. Prosecuting Immigration matters for ICE, Rebekah gained a unique insight into the intricacies of Immigration Law, litigating before both Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She is often referred difficult cases from other practicing Immigration Attorneys who have hit what they consider to be dead ends. Ana Nuñez manages our Raleigh Criminal […]
Mannette & Thomas, PLLC is a law firm with offices in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. Kellie Mannette and Elizabeth Hopkins Thomas are experienced attorneys who have represented clients charged with a variety of crimes and facing complex family law issues in counties across the state of North Carolina. We are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for our clients. If you have been charged with a crime or have family conflict in Wake, Orange, Durham or Chatham counties, contact Mannette & Thomas, PLLC today.
Law Office of Christina P. Medlin
McNeil Law Firm, PLLC(919) 803-6778
Raleigh law firm focused in mediation, criminal and family law.
Law Office of Anthony L Blalock, PLLC
Law Office of C. Melody Edwardo PLLC
Dement Askew, LLP(919) 833-5555
Raleigh law firm focused in criminal, DWI, traffic and personal injury law.
Kurtz & Blum, PLLC(919) 832-7700
Kurtz & Blum, a well-known and trusted Raleigh, NC law firm, provides assistance for people who need a professional legal counsel with criminal defense, DWI (driving while impaired), family law, divorce, traffic violations and personal injury cases. Stop worrying and call us to discuss today.
Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan, PLLC
Matthew J. Golden, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Leza Driscoll Attorney At Law: Driscoll Leza
Batch, Poore & Williams, PC(919) 870-0466
Raleigh law firm focused in family, child welfare, criminal and entertainment law. If it’s versatility, knowledge of the law, and keen client focus you’re looking for in a North Carolina family law, criminal law or small business law firm, you’ve come to the right place. At Batch, Poore, & Williams, PC, we handle legal matters critical to your lives, and we put your needs first, above all others. Our years of experience, track record of results and growing number of satisfied clients speak well of us, too. At our Raleigh law offices, you, the client, come first. We enjoy working with clients. We offer affordable solutions and comprehensive legal analyses. Schedule an initial consultation with our lawyers by contacting us today. We’re available to you by phone, fax or e-mail, and we stay available from that first chat through the resolution of your case. With over 25 years combined experience, we approach the job of helping you with the same community-involved mindset that contributes to our charitable work outside the office. Our knowledgeable, energetic attorneys, simply enjoy being of service to others. Our experience and advice are especially helpful in areas of family, juvenile, and criminal law, which have been strong focus areas for […]
Raleigh law firm focused in criminal, family and business law.
Guirguis Law(919) 832-0500
Guirguis Law is a Christian-based Law Firm focusing in immigration, criminal and family law based in Raleigh, NC. Due to our background in immigration law and both federal and state criminal law, the attorneys at Guirguis Law are fully equipped to assist non-citizens facing criminal problems. Because of the complex nature of immigration law and its intersection with federal and state criminal law, it is crucial that non-citizens facing criminal charges speak with someone knowledgeable in BOTH areas of law. Our team works together to ensure that we address more than the criminal law matter; this forward-looking approach is just one example of how we serve “people” not just “problems.”
McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A.
What You Need to Know About Consultation Fees in North Carolina
The expense involved in hiring an attorney is one of the biggest stressors for clients. It is not uncommon for clients to call several law firms to ask about the attorney’s initial consultation fee before making an appointment. While there is no universal rule regarding consultation fees, below are some factors to consider the next time you need to make an appointment with an attorney. Free Consultations: Attorneys will often offer free consultations in areas of practice where it is common place to be hired on a contingency fee basis (i.e. the attorney is not compensated unless you win your case). For that reason, do not expect to pay for an initial consultation in personal injury, workers’ compensation or social security disability cases. Criminal defense and bankruptcy attorneys typically offer free consultations as well even though they are not usually hired on a contingency fee basis. Option for Credit Towards Retainer: Even if a consultation fee is charged, the attorney may credit the consultation fee to the retainer once the client retains the attorney’s services. Make sure to ask the attorney if he or she is willing to credit the fee but do not be surprised if the answer is […]
North Carolina Raises the Age to be Tried as an Adult
Recently, North Carolina passed the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act which raises the age a person may be tried as an adult in North Carolina. Before the bill was passed, and since 1919, it has been mandatory in North Carolina to try juveniles ages 16 and 17 as adults. The bill is the result of bipartisan efforts to raise the age juveniles can be tried in adult court. The effort began after the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice (NCCALJ) released its Juvenile Reinvestment Report, concluding juvenile rehabilitation in juvenile court would reduce crime and save North Carolinians money in the long-run. Beginning December 1, 2019, all 16 and 17 year olds charged with a crime, with some exceptions, will be prosecuted in juvenile court. If a 16 or 17 year old is charged with a motor vehicle offense, he or she will be tried in adult court. Additionally, if the juvenile is charged with a Class A-G felony, the charges will be transferred to adult superior court upon the notice of an indictment or a finding of probable cause by the court. Once a juvenile has been convicted of any offense in adult court, even a […]
What is a Permanent Civil No Contact Order
In 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted N.C.G.S. Chapter 50D into law. Chapter 50D allows victims of sexual assault to obtain a permanent civil no contact order against their assailant which lasts for the life of the assailant. There are some limitations. To begin with, the statute only applies to respondents who have been convicted of a criminal offense in North Carolina which requires he or she register as a sex offender. Additionally, the crime must have occurred in North Carolina. Lastly, the plaintiff seeking the permanent civil no contact order must have been the victim of the sexual assault crime for which the respondent was found guilty. Although, if the victim is a minor or an incompetent adult, an adult who resides in North Carolina by initiate the action on behalf of the victim. Like a Chapter 50B action, it is free to file a complaint under Chapter 50D. Also similar to a 50B, a person who knowingly violates an order is guilty of a class A1 misdemeanor. Lastly, the statute offers the additional protection of allowing officers to arrest the respondent without a warrant if the officer believe there is probable cause he or she has violated […]
Help for Victims of Revenge Porn
North Carolina is one of 38 states with a law addressing the phenomenon known as revenge porn. Codified in N.C.G.S. §14-109.5A, the Disclosure of Private Images law was enacted in 2015. Recent amendments that take effect on December 1, 2017 make it easier for victims to protect their privacy and punish violators of the statute. It is a criminal offense to disseminate an image depicting a person engaged in sexual conduct or depicting a person’s exposed intimate parts. Previously, the law only applied to persons involved in a personal relationship as defined under N.C.G.S. 50B-1(b). Unfortunately, this allowed strangers, one-night stands and same-sex partners to escape prosecution. The amendment has completely removed the personal relationship requirement making the revenge porn statute more effective and easier to enforce. If a person is found guilty of this crime, it is punishable as a Class H felony for adults and as a misdemeanor for minors. However, for a second offense, the minor will be charged with a Class H felony. Under the amended statute, beginning on December 1, 2017, a person is guilty of the crime if he or she: 1. Knowingly; 2. Discloses the image of another person; 3. With the intent to: a) […]
5 Questions You Didn’t Know to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney
Clients usually know to ask about an attorney’s years of experience and practice in the area of law in which the client needs help. They also know to ask the attorney about his or her fee structure. But below are five questions clients typically do not know to ask an attorney in a consultation. The answers can heavily influence the attorney-client relationship so be sure to ask them before hiring an attorney in your next consultation. 1. Are there Other Means to Resolve this Issue? A good attorney will let you know all of the options available to you, the potential costs and his or her recommendation regarding which action you should take. For example, would it be more prudent to send a letter to the opposing party before filing a lawsuit? Once the lawsuit is filed, are mediation or arbitration viable options? What is the potential cost associated with each option and the likelihood of success? It is important to have an attorney explain the pros and cons of alternate means to resolve your case. An inherent conflict exists for attorneys who charge hourly; the longer your case goes on, the more they make in attorney fees. 2. What […]
Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?
As a criminal defense lawyer, I field this question, or some variation of it, on a daily basis: “Do I really need a lawyer?” The answer to this question varies drastically over different areas of the law, but in criminal matters the answer is often simple. The general rule of thumb is easy — the more serious the charge, the more certain I am you will need to hire representation to assist you through the process. If you are charged with a felony or DWI, the answer will always be that you need quality representation. The same is true with most misdemeanor crimes that can adversely affect your criminal record. Your criminal record has direct impact on professional and employment opportunities, school admission, getting an apartment, entering the military, getting insurance, and so on. There are also less serious offenses that muddy the water a bit, but ultimately you will have to make a decision as to your immediate ability to hire quality legal assistance now or run the risk of having to pay substantially more down the road for an attorney to fix any fallout arising from mistakes made during the process of representing yourself. The reality is, it […]
Obtaining Limited Driving Privileges Following DWIs
A limited driving privilege is a license that allows drivers to travel between the hours of 6am and 8pm, Monday through Friday, for work and school. A privilege may also be obtained during other times upon providing proof of non-standard working hours, which can include a letter from your employer or a class schedule. To qualify for a reinstated license, you must: At the time of the offense, either have a valid license or a license that has been expired for less than one year. No previously pending DWI charge, or any new DWI convictions since the date of the arrest of your current case. You have obtained a substance abuse assessment and agree to participate in any recommended training or treatment. If all the above conditions are met, then you are eligible for a limited driving privilege. You (or your attorney) must bring the following documents to court: Proof of insurance (DL-123) A completed a substance abuse assessment and enrollment in recommended treatment. A copy of your recent 7-year driving history from the DMV. An application for limited driving privileges. $100 to the clerk of the court. If the privilege is granted, the court signs an official document that confirms your limited […]
Options in Disposal of Traffic Tickets in Wake County, NC
If you’ve been charged with Driving While License revoked, speeding or speeding in a school zone, Wake County has implemented policies that offer new resolution options in the following cases: Dismiss DWLR (Class 3 Misdemeanor) You MAY be able to get this violation dismissed IF: Your license was revoked solely for failure to appear (FTA) in court or nonpayment of a citation Your license was revoked because of FTA on, or non-payment of, no more 2 citations (that is, if your license is revoked for failure to pay/appear on 3 or more citations, you are technically ineligible). You do not have a prior conviction for driving while license revoked Your license has been reinstated You are “genuinely trying to come into compliance” Reduce Some Speeding Tickets to Improper Equipment Tickets You MAY be able to reduce your speeding ticket to an “improper equipment” ticket IF: You provide a certified driving record You haven’t had more than one other moving violation in the past three years (and no more than three moving violations in 10 years) You complete a four-hour driving course if you’re under 21 You weren’t cited for driving more than 85 mph or more than 20 mph over […]
Local Rules: What They Are, How to Find Them, and Why You Need to Know Them
If you’ve ever appeared pro se in a family court matter, chances are you’ve heard either opposing counsel or the Judge mention the “local rules” and how they apply to your case. An unfortunate few may have been subject to civil penalties for violating a county’s local rules. Despite the impact a lack of familiarity with local rules can have on a case, the excuse of not knowing the rules does not play well in front of a competent Judge. When representing yourself, finding and becoming familiar with your jurisdictions local rules has a direct impact on the outcome of your case. While local rules can usually been obtained from the clerk’s office in your respective county, most are available online. The North Carolina Courts website contains a sortable index with links to local rules and local forms for each county in North Carolina. Many counties will not allow you to file certain actions unless you use the specified form and local rules often dictate the procedure you must follow as well as how to get your action heard by a judge. While most clerk’s offices can provide guidance, you’ll be ahead of the curve by doing your homework. Initial […]
Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay, and the Economics of Criminal and Traffic Law
Criminal Lawyers in North Carolina, and across the United States, know that our criminal courts are money makers for states and our local counties. In the last decade in North Carolina, court costs have nearly tripled. The legislature has – time and time again – looked to our criminal justice system as a system of taxation. These click it or ticket campaigns, booze it or lose it, obey the sign or pay the fine – they are postured as safety measures – and I’m sure there is a tinge of safety somewhere in the idea, but let’s not kid ourselves – these are also fundraisers. Speeding is dangerous, DWI even more so, don’t get me wrong – there are certainly legitimate reasons to enforce the motor vehicle code. But what gets lost in these ‘no tolerance’ policies of law enforcement and district attorney’s offices are the people who can’t afford an extra few hundred bucks here and there. When someone who is barely scraping by economically gets a speeding ticket, it sometimes snowballs into a disaster. Imagine a guy who works as hard as he possibly can in a minimum wage job to pay his bills gets a speeding ticket. […]