What is a no Contest Plea? First, let’s take a step back and look at what a guilty plea actually is. When you plead guilty, you (1) admit to committing the crime, (2) admit that you have no defenses to your actions, (3) give up your right to contest the charges in a trial and…
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.
House Bill 324 remains in the North Carolina House of Representatives and provides that the possession of small amounts of Marijuana be reclassified from a misdemeanor to an infraction.
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?
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.
Wondering about Marriage, Separation and Divorce in North Carolina? This list of quick points will explain the basic framework of family law in the state. Contact us today if you need to discuss your situation with a family law attorney
In a previous post, we discussed the basic process for filing for unemployment benefits with the Employment Security Commission (ESC) in North Carolina. Today, let’s take a look at how to challenge the ESC’s decision if you have received a denial of benefits.
The basic process for securing unemployment benefits from the ESC in North Carolina is a fairly straightforward process. If you have been separated from your job, you should immediately go to the local North Carolina Employment Security Commission office to file your claim. You can even file your claim online
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.