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October 2015 Archives

Using the Alford plea in criminal defense in North Carolina

The U.S. criminal justice system is designed with the intent of avoiding accusing and/or convicting an innocent person of a crime. Despite its best intentions, no system is flawless, and innocent people do find themselves facing criminal charges. Some people in North Carolina who find themselves in this position may choose to enter Alford pleas as part of their criminal defense.

N.C. Industrial Commission Pursues Uninsured Businesses

If you are an employer who recently received a Penalty Assessment Order from the North Carolina Industrial Commission, you have likely been caught by surprise and have questions. Financially crippling penalties along with the threat of criminal charges is a situation more and more NC companies are facing since the Industrial Commission has stepped up non-insurance enforcement and compliance efforts.

Will my traffic ticket cause my insurance to increase?

Outside of ensuring that their driving privileges will not be negatively affected, most of our clients charged with traffic offenses are primarily concerned with the effect the case will have on their insurance premiums. The system in North Carolina is divided into license points and insurance points. NCGS 20-16 details the points that may be assessed on your license in the event of a conviction. More applicable for insurance purposes, however, is the insurance point system as shown on this chart provided by the North Carolina Department of Insurance. 

Coach in North Carolina accused of sex offenses

Many coaches have the ability to reach a child in a way that a parent may not be able to accomplish. Unfortunately, parents may begin to question a close relationship between a coach and the children that he or she coaches, even if the relationship is innocuous. A North Carolina man who served as a gymnastic coach in businesses he owned, as well as on a contractual basis with other gyms, has recently been charged with sex offenses as a result of his alleged relationship with three children.