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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

Police officer checking on driver in desert

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.

Deciphering North Carolina’s Revenge Porn Laws

Revenge porn is a serious issue many states are beginning to tackle. In recent years, multiple states have started to pass laws regarding revenge porn, and in North Carolina, revenge porn is a criminal act.

Not sure what revenge porn is? You are not alone. An example of revenge porn might be if a couple opts to take photos with sexual content when they are dating or married. If the couple breaks up and one partner decides to post photos of the other partner on the web — without their consent — he or she is committing a crime.

Have you been accused of distributing revenge porn? Are you thinking about suing somebody for revenge porn? Read on to learn more about the road ahead of you.

Will A North Carolina DWI Conviction Impact Your Employment?

Having any sort of criminal record can create a stain that impacts your job opportunities. A conviction for any kind of crime is serious, but a Driving While Impaired (DWI) conviction can impact your life in ways you may not expect.

Are you worried about your employment prospects after you were convicted of a DWI? Read on to learn more about your legal options.

Do You Have to Report DWI Convictions to Employers?

If you have a potential employer asking if you have been convicted of any crimes, you should answer honestly. According to Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, an employer must provide a compelling business-related reason not to employ somebody based on a previous conviction.

Still, employers have the right to ask about prior criminal convictions, and it is likely they will learn the truth via public records unless your case was expunged or sealed.

What to Expect If You Violate Probation in North Carolina

Probation is a better outcome than an outright prison sentence. However, any slight infraction could potentially complicate your case. The consequences of violating probation in North Carolina will largely depend on the nature of the violation and other contextual circumstances. If you or your loved one has violated probation, read on to find out what to expect.

Conditions of Probation

According to North Carolina statutes, a court may impose a host of conditions upon issuing a probation sentence. The nature of the conditions will vary depending on the seriousness of the crime that warranted probation in the first place.

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