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Are you certain there was probable cause for your arrest?

It can be overwhelming and frightening to find yourself facing arrest and criminal charges. Whether this is your first offense or you have a criminal record, you know how important it is to act quickly and work to protect your rights and interests. One of the first steps of this process is to carefully examine the circumstances of your arrest.

North Carolina police cannot arrest someone simply because they feel like it. There must be a valid and clear reason to take this course of action, which is something called probable cause. If there was no valid reason for your arrest or you are certain that you experienced a violation of your constitutional rights, you can fight back. If there is evidence of these things, it could negate the entire case against you.

What steps should I take to acquire a North Carolina business?

Many companies try to grow their service area or distribution channels by acquiring a new company. While some businesses enjoy an existing relationship want to join forces, many others ones have plans to go out and find someone to work with. There are some steps that companies should follow when looking for another business to partner with.

You must be able to articulate what it is that you're looking to gain by joining forces with another company.

Drunk driving is dangerous for many reasons

North Carolina and most other states in this country allow motorists to lawfully operate their vehicles on the road provided that their blood alcohol content doesn't surpass 0.08%. Many motorists assume that this means that driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) is okay. It's not. Consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs before you get behind the wheel of a car can seriously affect your ability to operate your vehicle.

Alcohol consumption can lead to decreased visual acuity. It may even cause your eyes to move involuntarily. These symptoms only become worse the more that you drink. This all can affect your ability to properly gauge the distance between you and a car in front of you, causing you to inadvertently crash into someone else.

Penalties are stiff for heroin-related crimes in North Carolina

Heroin has grown in popularity here in Statesville and other parts of the state and country in recent years. While many individuals have lobbied for the legalization of marijuana in recent years, it's unlikely that anyone will be advocating for the same thing to happen heroin any time soon as it's highly addictive. This is why individuals charged with the possession, sale or distribution of heroin face such stiff penalties if they're convicted of such a crime in this state.

The drug heroin is categorized as a Schedule I drug here in North Carolina. State code section 90-86, et seq. allows for any defendant that is charged with heroin possession to be charged with a Class I felony. An individual convicted of such a crime may face up to 12 months in jail for every single count that they're found guilty of.

What's the importance of a mechanic's lien?

If you've heard the terminology "mechanic's lien" before, then you may have assumed that it has to do with cars. You shouldn't let the name fool you though. This type of legal claim is most often applied to homes. Suppliers or subcontractors will often file a mechanic's lien against a property to make sure that they ultimately get paid for their products or labors that they've invested in either improving or remodeling real estate.

Most homeowners who desire to move forward with a remodeling project sign a contract with a general contractor. It's commonplace for contractors to solicit others that may have specialized skills in plumbing or electric work to perform certain aspects of the job themselves. They may also purchase building materials from others. In both cases, they may promise to pay them once the project is complete.

Controlled substances and drug charges

Are you facing drug charges? If you are, you understand that the case against you is serious, no matter what type of drug was involved. However, involvement with certain types of drugs, such as controlled substances, can bring criminal penalties that can change the course of your life. It is in your interests to take your case seriously and pursue a strong defense strategy.

A controlled substance is a type of drug that can have a detrimental impact on a person's life and health. Heavily regulated by the government, if a person simply possesses a controlled substance without a valid prescription, it can lead to criminal charges. They are controlled drugs because of the heavy and strict regulations in place regarding their medical use and prescription.

What are the consequences of a DWI/DUI conviction on your record?

Each year, countless North Carolina residents are charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). While many motorists are successful in regaining their license after it's been suspended, some do not. A DWI/DUI charge on your record can affect more than your ability to remain a licensed driver though. A conviction on your record for such a criminal offense can impact you in other aspects of your life as well.

One of perhaps the most immediate consequences that you'll notice after you've been convicted of a DWI/DUI is that you will lose your license. This can be super inconvenient as it will likely be suspended for several months.

Iredell County Sheriff's Office arrests 50 during a drug sting

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office arrested at least 50 individuals last month as part of Operation Autumn Harvest. There were 20 additional warrants that law enforcement officers were unable to serve as part of the operation.

Many of the suspects that were arrested as part of the operation stand accused of various drug crimes. Most of those individuals were identified after having purchased drugs from uncover officers or after being tipped off by police informants over the past few months. Private citizens also reached out to law enforcement to report potential suspected drug activity.

When are police entitled to search a car without a warrant?

If you ask most North Carolina motorists about the grounds on which they can be stopped by a police officer, they'll likely tell you that it can only happen if they saw them engage in illegal activity or have reason to believe that they're still engaging in it. Most residents may be less sure about a police officer's right to search their vehicle without a warrant. It can be lawfully done in a variety of circumstances.

Police officers in most jurisdictions are required to get a search warrant to enter into and look for things within a person's car or home. Supreme Court justices have previously ruled that there are certain instances in which police are entitled to search a car or home without first obtaining a warrant.

Why is estate planning key, even for singles?

Many individuals who are tasked with saying what comes to mind when they hear the term "estate planning" often mention wealthy, elderly individuals with kids drafting wills. This phrase means so much more than that though. Estate planning is an important process that all individuals, including those who are young, single, childless and have little means should also engage in.

Single individuals should draft wills even if they don't have kids. Everyone needs to appoint an executor of their estate to settle up with their creditors, to file their final tax return and to pay any estate taxes that they may owe. If you don't have any kids and have decided to place your money in a revocable trust, then you may wish to have your executor designated as the beneficiary of it.

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