DWI Charge? Changes in NC Laws that Affect You

The legislature enacted several significant changes to DWI sentencing guidelines for offenses committed on or after December 1, 2011. These changes, known as Laura’s Law, can have a serious effect on defendants charged with driving under the influence in NC. We have previously discussed Changes in North Carolina Sentencing and Probation laws that affect you. Today, we turn our attention to changes in North Carolina laws that took effect for offenses committed after December 1, 2011.

What is an Alford Plea?

Much attention has been placed on the West Memphis 3 in recent years. Recently, an Arkansas judge allowed the three men to enter a plea agreement, known as an Alford Plea, whereby they essentially plead guilty but may still maintain their innocence. How does this work exactly? The Alford Plea arises out of a US Supreme Court Case that originated in North Carolina in 1970. What effect does an Alford plea have on you or your case?

Considering separation?

In NC, you must be living ‘separate and apart’ for one year before you are able to file for divorce. This means at least one of the parties has to decide they are leaving the marriage and actually leave the residence. In hard economic times such as these, many people can’t afford to maintain two households. They often ask, “Is it enough if they live in the basement?”. According to NC law, this is not enough to satisfy the rule. One person must actually physically leave the residence and live somewhere else. You can always contact an attorney to set up a consultation regarding your separation and divorce. Read on for some basic helpful tips before you leave.