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What to Know About Criminal Infractions

Woman Talking With InvestigatorMany people accidentally break a few minor ones here and there, such as driving a few miles over the speed limit. These criminal infractions don’t usually lead to big consequences, such as time in prison, but they can cost you a lot of money. If you are worried about criminal infractions, check out these commonly asked questions to learn more, so you can better protect yourself.

What Is a Criminal Infraction?

A criminal infraction can also be considered a petty crime. It’s usually done on accident and/or doesn’t cause any injury or damages. In most cases, a criminal infraction doesn’t include any jail time. It, however, will likely include fines.

Tips for Getting Your License Back

Woman with car key In the state of North Carolina, driving is considered a privilege, not a right. For this reason, people can have their licenses revoked or suspended.

If this has happened to you, you’re probably desperate to get your license back. When you’ll be able to do so, however, depends on various circumstances, such as why your license was originally suspended or revoked and what has happened since then.

Since getting your license back can be rather complex, hire legal counsel to assist you. Also, make sure that you understand the specifics of your situation fully and that you follow a few basic tips.

Understanding Fayetteville’s Panhandling Laws

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Panhandling is a fact of life. People who are down on their luck or unable to work may take to busy intersections, shopping malls, or grocery stores to ask the public for money. They may use signs or simply walk up to people and ask for some spare change. Most people have witnessed panhandling at one point.

In some North Carolina cities, recent rules have made the act of handing money to a panhandler illegal in some situations. Fayetteville is one of those cities. If you have been accused of either soliciting money or giving money to a panhandler, read on to learn more.

What You Need to Know About Character Letters

The judge makes decisions regarding criminal sentences. Whether you plea out of court or go to trial and receive a guilty verdict, the judge determines your punishment and how long it will last. In order to show the judge your character, you may provide the judge with a character letter. If you believe you may use this technique in the hopes it will influence your sentence, read on.

Why Should You Use a Character Letter?

Character letters provide several benefits. First, the character letter should provide a full view of your sense of character beyond the crime of which the court has convicted you. The individual writing on your behalf seeks to demonstrate that your character isn’t as simple as the crime.

Facing False Imprisonment Charges With a Spouse

In the midst of a fight with a spouse, you may say and do things that you regret later. In the meantime, you may face criminal charges linked to domestic violence. One crime associated with domestic violence is false imprisonment. If you are facing charges of false imprisonment, keep reading to learn more about North Carolina’s laws.

What Is False Imprisonment of a Spouse?

In North Carolina, false imprisonment is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The law associates the crime with the intentional, nonconsensual, and unlawful restraining of another person. While many people consider false imprisonment to involve tying someone up or locking somebody inside a room, it does not always happen this way.

4 Things That Will Help You Clean Up Unpaid Traffic Tickets

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In North Carolina in 2018, more than 889,400 traffic citations were issued. Approximately 152,700 of these were warning tickets, but more than 736,700 citations required some type of action by the receiver of the ticket.

This action did not always take place. Some people lost their tickets, others forgot their court dates, or simply ignored the ticket because they did not have the funds to pay it. Unfortunately, these tickets did not disappear. If you have outstanding unpaid tickets and need help cleaning them up, here are a few steps you can take.

  1. Determine Where Your Tickets Are

In order to take care of any outstanding tickets you may have; it is important to know exactly what they were issued for and what county they were issued in. One of the easiest ways to obtain this information is to pull a copy of your driving record.

Charged With Resisting Arrest? Here’s What You Need to Know

Resisting arrest is a serious charge, but if your first instinct is to flee the scene of a crime, you’re not the only one — even if you are innocent. Unfortunately, even a person who was innocent of a crime can be found guilty for resisting arrest.

In truth, resisting or avoiding arrest only makes the situation worse for you. Even if you didn’t realize you were resisting arrest at the time it happened, you could face serious charges that leave you facing very real consequences.

What Is Resisting Arrest?

Many people don’t realize there are several ways to resist arrest, both physical and nonphysical.

Tips to Avoid Traffic Tickets

Police officer checking on driver in desertTraffic tickets may trigger a license suspension, monetary fines, and even trigger a hike in auto insurance premiums. The more tickets you get, the harsher the consequences will be. Take the following measures to reduce your risk of traffic tickets.

Don’t Speed

Speeding is a common way to get traffic tickets, so don’t speed. Here are a few tips to avoid speeding:

  • Use cruise control so that you don’t speed unconsciously.
  • Leave early so that you don’t have to rush once you are on the road.
  • Pay attention to the speedometer if you don’t use cruise control.
  • Know the speed limits so that you don’t break them.
  • Learn to drive at a speed slightly lower than the posted speed limit.

You will have more success if you avoid speeding than if you speed and try to avoid getting caught.

DWI Without Drinking: What Constitutes Impaired in North Carolina

Often, people associate DUI and DWI offenses strictly with alcohol consumption. However, a DWI can occur for reasons that have nothing to do with alcohol. The I in DWI stands for impaired, which can mean various things. Here is what you need to know about DWIs that don’t involve alcohol.

What Is DUI and DWI?

DUI means driving under the influence. DWI stands for either driving while intoxicated or driving while impaired. You will often see these terms used interchangeably, and in modern parlance, there really is no difference between the two.

Driving License: Learn About Suspensions, Revocations, and Reinstatement

While many people think that driving is a right, it is actually a privilege that you can lose via suspension or revocation. As a driver, educate yourself on how you can lose your driving license and what you can do to get it back.

Why You May Lose Your Driving License

Certain offenses, driving or otherwise, may cause you to lose your driving privilege when the government suspends or revokes your driving license. Note that revocation will cause you to go without your license for a longer period than a suspension. Below are some of the typical reasons for license suspension or revocation.

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