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What is a hostile work environment?

By Mathew Flatow | Oct 13, 2014 | Comments Off on What is a hostile work environment?
hostile work environment

You’ve probably heard the phrase “hostile work environment,” and you probably know that you don’t have to put up with one. But what constitutes a hostile work environment? Maybe you have a mean boss who yells a lot. Maybe your supervisor consistently gives you the worst jobs or the least desirable shifts. Maybe your coworker…

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Criminal Law: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Limits Second Amendment Rights of Drug Users

By Adam Seifer | Oct 13, 2014 | Comments Off on Criminal Law: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Limits Second Amendment Rights of Drug Users
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Early last week, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important criminal law decision, holding that despite the guarantees of the Second Amendment, drug users have a limited right to own firearms. In U.S. v. Carter, the defendant Carter was a user of marijuana and after a complaint was filed with the police…

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I posted bond but was not immediately released. Does that help my case?

By Adam Seifer | Sep 24, 2014 | Comments Off on I posted bond but was not immediately released. Does that help my case?
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If you’re pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated or stopped at a roadblock, the police will be looking for signs that you’re impaired. They’ll look for obvious indicators, such as empty alcohol containers in the car, but they’ll also look at your mannerisms, check to see if they can smell alcohol on your…

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How does the state prove I committed a DWI?

By Adam Seifer | Sep 16, 2014 | Comments Off on How does the state prove I committed a DWI?
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North Carolina has some of the strictest DWI laws and most severe DWI punishments in the US. A DWI in North Carolina the state has the right to seize and sell your car. It can also result in hefty fines and jail time, even for a first offense. A DWI conviction goes on your permanent…

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Why did the police take my license when I was arrested? When can I get it back?

By Adam Seifer | Sep 3, 2014 | Comments Off on Why did the police take my license when I was arrested? When can I get it back?
DWI

In 2012, the last year for which data is available, there were 402 drunk-driving fatalities in North Carolina. That’s about a third of the total car crash fatalities. There were about 8,500 alcohol-related car crash injuries. All in all, drunk-driving fatalities cost the taxpayers of North Carolina about $2 billion in 2012. With a price…

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What are my rights when I’m asked to provide a breath sample at the police station after I’m arrested on suspicion of DWI?

By Adam Seifer | Sep 3, 2014 | Comments Off on What are my rights when I’m asked to provide a breath sample at the police station after I’m arrested on suspicion of DWI?
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When you get pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated or stopped at a DWI checkpoint, the officer may ask you to give a breath test. That test will measure your blood alcohol content. If you’re over the legal limit, you may be charged with a DWI. Can you refuse to take the breath…

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What is an ignition interlock device? Will I be required to install one?

By Adam Seifer | Aug 4, 2014 | Comments Off on What is an ignition interlock device? Will I be required to install one?
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In 2012, 25% of intoxicated drivers with a BAC of 0.08 to 0.14 who were involved in a fatal crash were repeat offenders. For drivers with a BAC of more than 0.15, that number jumped to 75%. In an attempt to cut down on the number of repeat offenses, especially among those who drive while…

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I’ve heard some states reduce DWIs to a lesser charge like reckless driving. Is this a possibility in North Carolina?

By Adam Seifer | Jul 25, 2014 | Comments Off on I’ve heard some states reduce DWIs to a lesser charge like reckless driving. Is this a possibility in North Carolina?
reckless driving

You’re being charged with a DWI. It’s a big deal – you’re facing potential jail time and serious fines. Even if it’s your first offense, you’re facing extremely severe penalties. Your insurance costs will skyrocket. Your employer may require you to report any criminal charges, meaning you may lose your job. You’ll also have to…

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I’m licensed in another state. How will a DWI conviction affect my driving privileges in North Carolina and my license in my state?

By Adam Seifer | Jul 24, 2014 | Comments Off on I’m licensed in another state. How will a DWI conviction affect my driving privileges in North Carolina and my license in my state?
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In 1983, North Carolina combined all of its alcohol- and drug- related driving laws into a single offense called “Driving While Impaired.” Most DWI stops are alcohol-related. North Carolina DWI Laws The legal limit for individuals over the age of 21 is a BAC of 0.08%. For commercial vehicle operators, it’s 0.04%. If you already…

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I need legal help for an employment law issue but I don’t want to sue my employer. What are my options?

By Mathew Flatow | Jul 23, 2014 | Comments Off on I need legal help for an employment law issue but I don’t want to sue my employer. What are my options?
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If you’ve been hurt at work, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You don’t have to sue your employer to get payment for your medical bills and other expenses. In most cases, your employer will have workers’ compensation insurance to cover the expense of work-related injuries. You don’t need to worry about your job, either.…

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