Law News

  1. Lawmakers Mull Marijuana Legalization

    In February 2019, Senator Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) reintroduced a measure in the State Senate which would allow people to possess up to three ounces of cannabis legal for their own personal use. Last year’s version, which lawmakers did not approve, would have allowed up to four ounces. Nevertheless, this latest bill would significantly alter the legal landscape for Raleigh drug possession attorneys.

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  2. Are Ignition Interlock Devices Mandatory in an NC DWI?

    Colloquially known as “blow and go,” an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) is a portable Breathalyzer which is attached to the vehicle’s ignition. Drivers must provide acceptable chemical samples to start the car or keep it running. A failure or refusal disables the ignition. These devices are mandatory after both DWI arrests and convictions, in some cases. Raleigh DWI attorneys usually cannot fight this particular requirement.

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  3. When Can Children Be Tried as Adults in NC?

    Most parents dread late night or early morning phone calls which inform them that their son or daughter has been arrested. The nightmare is much worse if the child is in custody for a felony or another serious crime. Typically, children go through North Carolina’s juvenile justice system. But that’s not always the case.

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  4. Aggravating & Mitigating Factors in a North Carolina DWI

    Aggravating & Mitigating Factors If you have been arrested for a DWI in North Carolina, a conviction will result in serious penalties such as jail time, a suspended driver’s license, fines, and a criminal record. However, if there are certain aggravating factors which can increase the severity of the consequences. Additionally, there are also mitigating factors available […]

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  5. Trey Fitzhugh & Bill Finn Placed Among the State’s Legal Elite

    Business North Carolina magazine recently released its 2019 Legal Elite listing. Editors look at things like results obtained, community reputation, and peer recommendation to compile this list. So, it is a great honor for Bill Finn and Trey Fitzhugh to be listed among with their esteemed colleagues. Over the years, this list has developed into the standard against which all others are measured.

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  6. Some Visual Evidence Officers Use to Spot Drunk Drivers

    To pull over motorists, officers must generally have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Essentially, this standard is an evidence-based hunch. In DWI situations, reasonable suspicion is a two-tier inquiry. First, officers must detect criminal activity with regard to vehicle operation. Second, officers must have evidence of substance use, so they can properly conduct DWI investigations.

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  7. What You Need to Know About North Carolina Criminal Diversion Programs

    Any felony or misdemeanor conviction could mean extended court supervision, high fines, and jail or prison time, even for defendants with no criminal record. Any criminal conviction has lasting consequences in terms of things like the ability to obtain student aid, the freedom to pursue certain careers, and even find a nice place to live. So, Raleigh criminal defense attorneys work very hard to avoid criminal convictions whenever possible.

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  8. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh Launches Updated Firm Website

    When we determined to reach more people, we naturally turned to our website. 90 percent of Americans regularly use the internet. So, we asked Thee Digital, a law firm web design and legal marketing agency, to create a new website which showcases our expertise as a leading law firm, highlights our experience and background in criminal law, is visible to people seeking legal representation, and offers a user-friendly interface for clients and visitors.

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  9. Can You Get a DWI in a Self-Driving Vehicle?

    In several instances, police officers in North Carolina found intoxicated drivers asleep behind the wheel of moving, autonomous vehicles. In all these cases, law enforcement charged these motorists with driving under the influence. Today’s “self-driving” vehicles, like the Tesla, may seem like a free pass for a drunk driver. But, such vehicles are not entirely autonomous.

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  10. Shoplifting During the Holidays

    Regardless of faith, most people give gifts during the holidays. In 2013, Americans spent roughly $3 trillion on holiday gifts. Unfortunately, many people cannot afford gifts for their friends and loved ones. Due to personal embarrassment and the high expectations of the season, some of them turn to shoplifting.

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