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…

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…

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…

Tenant Eviction in NC

There is no self-help eviction of a tenant in North Carolina. A landlord cannot unilaterally change the locks or forcibly remove a renter from his or her home. Instead, landlords must follow a legal process in front of a magistrate for eviction called Summary Ejectment. How does this process work? Read on to find out.