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Unreliable DWI Breath Testing Can Put You in Jail

Posted by Josh Valentine | Nov 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

An article in the New York Times is telling readers what North Carolina criminal defense lawyers have known for years about breath testing for drunk driving: “These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don't Trust Them.” Unfortunately, many drivers rely on these faulty tests and the claims of the prosec...

North Carolina's Raise the Age Law for Juveniles

Posted by Josh Valentine | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

North Carolina is the last state to adopt a “raise the age” law. Under the new law, teenagers under the age of 18 will no longer be automatically tried as adults in court. Session Law 2019-186 was enacted on August 1, 2019, and will go into effect on December 1, 2019. Changes Under the Raise the...

Divorce After a Health Scare or Illness

Posted by Josh Valentine | Oct 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be a time for major upheaval in your life. A divorce can result in changes to your living situation, support system, time with your children, and financial status. However, major life changes can also be the catalyst for deciding to get separated or divorced. Major life events, like s...

Is Alimony Tax Deductible?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Oct 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Alimony can represent a significant post-divorce expense, possibly for decades into the future. In the past, alimony payments were deductible for the supporting spouse and helped offset the expense of providing monthly payments to the dependent spouse. However, after a change to the tax law, alim...

Hands-Free Driving Law Could Lead to Other Charges

Posted by Josh Valentine | Oct 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

A proposed bill would make it illegal to use a phone or other mobile device while driving. The Hands-Free NC Act, House Bill (HB) 144 has passed the House and now awaits approval in the senate. Using a phone while driving could lead to getting pulled over by the police. As with any traffic stop, ...

Divorce and Retirement

Posted by Josh Valentine | Oct 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to one survey, women who get married for the first time when they are aged 15 to 20 are more likely to be divorced. People who get married between ages 28 and 32 are more likely to be married for longer. However, people can get divorced at any age and it does not make the process any ea...

Child Custody on Halloween

Posted by Josh Valentine | Sep 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

When most couples are negotiating child custody and visitation schedules, they focus on family-oriented holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, other holidays can be just as important for children and Halloween is a favorite holiday of many kids.  Kids (and some adults) get excited ab...

Who Gets Control of Frozen Embryos in a Divorce?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Sep 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Scientific advances have provided a way for a couple to freeze and preserve an embryo that can be implanted in the uterus at a later date. Couples may use this option when facing a health issue that could put fertility at risk, such as cancer. However, if a couple separates or gets divorced after...

Ignition Interlock After a DWI in North Carolina

Posted by Josh Valentine | Aug 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Losing your license for a year can be devastating for many drivers in North Carolina who need to be able to drive to get to work, take kids to school, go to doctors' appointments, or buy groceries. However, the good news is that a driver convicted of driving while impaired (DWI) may still be able...

Traffic Checkpoints in North Carolina

Posted by Josh Valentine | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the police and law enforcement set up a checkpoint, they may be checking for all sorts of traffic violations. Traffic checkpoints and driving while impaired (DWI) checkpoints can check for anything from out-of-date registration to drivers with felony warrants. The courts have determined that...

Town of Shelby joins Watch for Me NC Program

Posted by Blake Caulder | Aug 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a deepening commitment to the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, Shelby, NC has joined Watch for Me NC. The program among other strategies hosts workshops and trainings for law enforcement that focus on increasing the integrity of travel on sidewalks, crosswalks, and streets. Each year, ...

Child Custody: When Ex is Dating a Bad Influence

Posted by Josh Valentine | Aug 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dealing with child custody and visitation with an ex can be hard enough. When the ex gets remarried or starts dating a new partner, that new person can complicate how parents handle child custody. In some cases, the new partner could be a negative influence on the child and the other parent has t...

Parental Kidnapping in North Carolina

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jul 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

When parents think about a child being kidnapped, they often think of a stranger in a van luring the child in to take them away. In reality, child abductions by strangers are extremely rare. Unfortunately, most child abductions or kidnappings involve someone the child may know, including a child'...

Does a Phone Search Warrant Include Cloud Services?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jul 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Phones and phone records are increasingly subject to search warrants when the police suspect an individual is involved in criminal activity. Unfortunately, the law has not kept up with the technology and it is unclear how much leeway the police have to search an individual's cloud services inform...

Child Custody During Holidays and School Breaks

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jul 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kids often look forward to holidays and school breaks as a chance to go on vacation, spend more time with friends, and get away from school for a little while. However, for parents sharing custody, these times may be a challenge when having to put the child on a plane to the other parent, cut sho...

Will a DWI Hurt My Child Custody Case?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Jun 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

A divorce is a stressful event, especially when children are involved. Some people turn to alcohol to deal with the stress of a divorce or child custody dispute, which may lead to a drunk driving arrest in North Carolina. Even if it was a one-time mistake, a DWI or other drug or alcohol offense c...

How Social Media Can Impact Your Divorce in Shelby, NC

Posted by Josh Valentine | May 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are going through a divorce in North Carolina, it is important to understand how social media could impact your case. Social media posts are commonly used in divorce cases, especially those that involve contentious child custody matters. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Pause Before...

Use of DNA Testing by Private Labs

Posted by Josh Valentine | May 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Recently, DNA testing submitted to private crime labs has been used to solve cases by the FBI and state agencies. In some cases, DNA submitted by relatives that you did not consent to testing by the government has even been used to investigate and solve crimes. Cold Cases and DNA Testing Many c...

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