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October 2017 Archives

Helping you navigate a civil action following a car crash

Every time you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are at risk of being involved in a car accident. Do you think about this danger each time you drive a vehicle? Most likely you do not. But that does not change the fact that dangers exist on the roadways and you are put at risk when a negligent, distracted, reckless and intoxicated driver is traveling on the roadways. A car accident, whether it's a fender-bender or a head-on collision could result in serious injuries, making it imperative that accident victims understand the rights and options following a car crash.

Man faces DUI following hit-and-run crash

When we get behind the wheel of the car, we are under the impression that we are able to operate it safely. However, if law enforcement believes that we are not driving safely or violating a traffic law, this could result in a traffic stop. If during the stop officers suspect that a driver is under the influence of alcohol, the field sobriety test might commence. The same is true following a car accident. If there is a suspicion of intoxication, police officers will attempt to collect evidence to prove you are over the legal limit. Either of these scenarios could result in a drunk driving charge.

Did the officer establish probable cause in your DUI case?

As would be the case anywhere in the United States, law enforcement officers here in North Carolina can't just put you under arrest, search your car or take your property during a traffic stop. In order to take any of these actions without a warrant, an officer must first establish probable cause.

Study indicates treatment for mild TBIs is promising

Car accidents can be the source of many injuries. While some of these are found to be relatively minor, others could impact an accident victim for the rest of his or her life. With regards to brain injuries, victims could face many challenges, even temporary or permanent disabilities. Thus, it is important for accident victims who have suffered a brain injury understand their situation and how best to navigate them.

What are the elements of false imprisonment?

When individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere are accused of a crime, he or she will likely be placed under arrested. Presuming that authorities have reasonable suspicion and probable cause, this action is most likely legally carried out. But what happens if an officer does this without the necessary evidence to back up a suspicion? This could generate a complex situation that could help a defendant poke holes in the state's case, evening suppressing evidence used against them.

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