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Can I Get a DWI When I am Just Sitting in My Car?
Can I Get a DWI When I am Just Sitting in My Car?

SURPRISINGLY the answer is YES! North Carolina law does NOT require a car to be in motion in order to be charged with a DWI. Instead, the statute says one can be charged with a DWI if they are in operation of the motor vehicle. Operation is simply defined as being in a ...

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  • 4 Common Types of Internet Sex Crimes

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  • FAQ: DUI/DWI in North Carolina

    FAQ: DUI/DWI in North Carolina Our experienced attorneys at Jetton & Meredith, PLLC understand that getting a DUI/DWI can be a frightening experience, ...

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  • Domestic Violence & COVID-19

    On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 outbreak has become a pandemic. Within the next few weeks, North ...

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  • Sexual Battery Charges in Charlotte North Carolina

    Sexual battery is one of the most serious misdemeanor crimes in North Carolina. A conviction of sexual battery carries the potential of jail time, ...

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  • Indecent Liberties with a Child in North Carolina

    Some of the most serious criminal charges you can face in North Carolina are sexual based offenses that involve a child, such as Indecent Liberties ...

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  • The Do's and Don'ts of Carrying a Concealed Handgun

    Your permit to carry a concealed handgun must be carried along with valid identification wherever the handgun is being carried. When approached or ...

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  • December 2019 Changes to North Carolina's Sexual Offense Laws

    In December of 2019, two new laws took effect in North Carolina reforming the states sexual assault laws. These two key changes substantially altered ...

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  • Forceable Rape in North Carolina

    One of the most serious charges you can face in North Carolina is the charge of Forceable Rape. A conviction for one of these crimes can destroy your ...

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  • Commonly Raised Questions and Issues in Forceable Rape Cases

    Forceable rape cases are often very complex and bring up numerous questions. It is imperative that you speak to an experienced and knowledgeable ...

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  • Statutory Rape in North Carolina

    One of the most serious criminal charges that you can face in North Carolina is statutory rape. If you are charged with a sex crime then your future ...

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  • The Consequences of Domestic Violence

    One of the most serious crimes you can be convicted of is a crime of domestic violence. Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor the consequences are ...

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  • What Does it Mean to be Charged with Assault on a Female and How is that Different from Regular Assault?

    There are three elements that must be met to be charged with assault on a female. The first element is that an assault must have occurred. This ...

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  • COVID-19 Affects on Domestic Violence

    On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the COVID-19 outbreak has become a pandemic. Within the next few weeks, North ...

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  • Domestic Violence Cases with the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Domestic Violence cases in North Carolina are always serious, even more so now during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the different consequences that ...

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  • What are the Implications of Getting a Domestic Violence Conviction?

    North Carolina takes domestic violence convictions very seriously. It can have rippling effects across many aspects of your life that you may not ...

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  • COVID-19 and North Carolina Courts

    On March 13, 2020, North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that due to the COVID-19 or coronavirus, North Carolina Courts ...

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  • Posting Bail in North Carolina

    When someone is arrested for a criminal charge in North Carolina there is usually a lot of different processes going on at the same time, this mass of ...

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  • Tips for Handling Child Custody and Visitation During COVID-19

    On top of everything happening at the present date with COVID-19, individuals may be dealing with circumstances surrounding child custody or ...

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  • COVID-19 & North Carolina Divorce

    When North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay in place order on March 27, 2020, directing all residents to remain in their homes and ...

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  • Marsy’s Law

    In 2018, North Carolina voters approved a new amendment to the North Carolina Constitution known as Marsy’s Law the Crime Victim’s Rights Amendment ...

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  • When the Police Call, How Do You Answer?

    One of the most daunting situations to be faced with in life is to be contacted by the police regarding a crime or a potential charge against you. An ...

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  • Interfering with Emergency Communications in North Carolina

    Crimes of Domestic Violence are often some of the most serious charges a person can face. In North Carolina, crimes that have been marked as domestic ...

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  • DWI Sentencing, Am I Going to Jail?

    Once someone has been charged with a DWI, one of their first thoughts is, “am I going to jail for this?” While there isn’t a straightforward answer to ...

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  • Communicating Threats

    Communicating Threats; A charge commonly seen in North Carolina District Court and as a headline in some of the recent North Carolina Court of Appeals ...

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  • No Contact Order in North Carolina

    A no contact order—commonly known as a “50C order” in North Carolina—is a type of restraining order for sexual assault or stalking victims who do not ...

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  • Can a North Carolina Domestic Violence Charge Be Dropped or Dismissed by the Accuser/Victim?

    Can a Victim/Accuser of Domestic Violence Drop/Dismiss the Charges? Although many spouses and family members love each other unconditionally, ...

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  • North Carolina’s First Step Act

    What is the North Carolina First Step Act? North Carolina’s first step act is currently not a law; it has passed the State Senate and it is our belief ...

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  • Felons and Firearms

    It is a well-known fact that once you are convicted of a felony, you lose certain rights and privileges. Some of these losses include the right to ...

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  • 48-Hour Rule for Domestic Violence Cases in North Carolina

    If a person is arrested for allegedly committing a misdemeanor or felony domestic violence offense in North Carolina, he/she will be held in jail ...

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  • What are Deferred Prosecutions and Should I Do One?

    A North Carolina deferred prosecution, simply put, is a contract between a criminal defendant and the State of North Carolina. Deferred Prosecutions ...

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  • Should You Blow?

    One of the questions we’re asked most frequently from people who have been charged with a DWI is, “should I have blown?” One of the questions we hear ...

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  • Private Warrant Domestic Cases

    My spouse took out a warrant on me and wants to drop the case, what happens now? One of the more confusing situations in court is what happens when ...

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  • FAQs about Driving While License Revoked Charges In North Carolina

    One of the more common traffic charges in North Carolina is Driving While License Revoked. Cases involving DWLR charges can be complex and can leave ...

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  • Cyberstalking in North Carolina

    Cyberstalking, the Crime In today’s world where just about everyone has a smartphone and communication is often completely digital, cyberstalking has ...

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  • Posting Bail in North Carolina

    Many cases in North Carolina begin when you’re charged with a crime and are then arrested; but once you’ve been arrested, what happens next? The ...

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  • Trespassing in North Carolina

    In North Carolina, the term trespassing carries several different connotations and possible repercussions. North Carolina differentiates between four ...

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  • Common Misunderstandings with DWI Laws in North Carolina

    In North Carolina, one of the most common criminal charges is Driving While Impaired, or DWI. While DWI may be one of the most commonly charged crimes ...

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  • North Carolina Probation Violations

    One of the most common punishments after a criminal conviction in North Carolina is being placed on probation. There are two kinds of probation in ...

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  • The Theft Crime of Larceny in North Carolina

    In North Carolina there are several different types of theft-related crimes, ranging from the lowest level misdemeanors, such as misdemeanor ...

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  • What Happens If You Miss Court?

    Once a court date is missed, it is important to know what the consequences are and what to do next. Questions arise such as: is there a warrant for ...

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  • Hemp or Weed… and Why You Should Care

    Some of the more common charges in North Carolina are misdemeanor possession of Marijuana or a schedule VI controlled substance. In fact, marijuana ...

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  • Assault on a Female in North Carolina

    In North Carolina, assault charges are usually broken down into two groups; felony and misdemeanor assaults. One of the most serious misdemeanor ...

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  • Vehicle Registration & License Plate Violations

    In North Carolina, one of the most common ways to be pulled over by the police is by allowing your vehicle’s registration to expire. It is a violation ...

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  • Why You Should Plead “Not Guilty” at Arraignment

    After an arrest, an arraignment--the first court hearing--will be scheduled within 30 days or so. Once you are read the charges filed against you and ...

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  • North Carolina Expunctions

    An expunction is a legal action used to remove or erase items from a person’s criminal record. There are several different types of expunctions in ...

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  • North Carolina Marijuana Laws

    Many states throughout the country have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of cannabis. Unfortunately, North Carolina has yet to catch on to ...

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  • What is Vehicular Homicide?

    An accident that results in a fatality is always a serious situation, however, the filing of criminal charges often compounds this situation and makes ...

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  • What Makes a Crime Domestic Violence?

    In North Carolina there are certain charges that are by their very nature, crimes of domestic violence. This is most commonly seen in the charge of ...

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  • Restraining Orders in North Carolina

    In North Carolina, there are two types of restraining orders: domestic violence protective orders and civil no-contact orders . In the court system, a ...

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  • North Carolina Assault by Strangulation

    In North Carolina there are many different types of assault charges, ranging from misdemeanor simple assault, all the way up to felony assault ...

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  • North Carolina Domestic Violence Protective Order Violation

    One of the most common domestic violence crimes in a violation of a Domestic Violence Protective Order (“DVPO”) , commonly referred to as a ...

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  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon in North Carolina

    North Carolina closely regulates the carrying of concealed weapons by the public. NCGS 14-269 prohibits the carrying of deadly weapons, except as ...

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  • SIX Things You Need to Know About Drug Cases in North Carolina

    North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Act can be found in North Carolina General Statute Chapter 90. There are several different sections outlining ...

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  • Miranda Rights Misconceptions

    The Miranda Warning, commonly known as being ‘Mirandized,’ is one of the most talked about and misunderstood aspects of criminal arrest and ...

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  • What Are Criminal Summons and Private Warrants?

    When an officer knocks on your door and hands you a criminal summons, what does that mean? While most of us will never experience this, many citizens ...

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  • I Have Been In A Motor Vehicle Accident, What Do I Do Now?

    I have been in a motor vehicle accident, what do I do now? Most people have never been in an accident and are unaware of their options following a ...

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  • What You Need to Know About Boating While Impaired (BWI) Laws In North Carolina

    What You Need to Know About Boating While Impaired (BWI) Laws in North Carolina In 2016, North Carolina enacted Sheyenne’s Law in response to an ...

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  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Domestic Violence and the Law

    Domestic violence is a crime. It’s a crime that not only impacts the victim, but can have a lasting effect on loved ones, family members, friends and ...

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  • How Innocent People Become Wrongfully Incriminated

    A number of people in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. currently sit behind bars, serving a sentence imposed on them by a court of law. ...

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  • North Carolina Considers Law To Expand Schedule 1 Controlled Substances

    Legislators in North Carolina are considering a new law that would increase the penalties associated with certain drug crimes. The law specifically ...

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  • What Is The Max Time I’m Facing With Multiple Misdemeanors In NC?

    When imposing a sentence on more than one misdemeanor offense, a judge may order a concurrent or consecutive sentence. A concurrent sentence means ...

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  • How Does Felony Sentencing Work In NC?

    Like misdemeanor sentencing, felonies in North Carolina are sentenced according to structured sentencing, which bases your punishment on a grid that ...

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  • Prescription Drugs And DWI In North Carolina: What You Should Know

    In 2013, a North Carolina mayor was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. According to ABC News Channel 12, the man said he had taken ...

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  • I Refused The Breathalyzer, Can I Still Be Convicted Of DWI?

    Since the police have no numerical reading of your breath can you still be convicted of DWI? We are often asked about the choices one must make when ...

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  • The 3 Big Consequences of Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in a DWI Investigation

    You have been recently arrested for DWI and refused the breathalyzer test. What are the consequences of refusing the breathalyzer test? What are your ...

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  • Top 6 Things To Know About Your Miranda Rights

    You have been recently arrested, written a citation, or questioned by police and NOT read your Miranda Rights. Does that matter? Can your case be ...

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  • The Risks Of Self-Representation In Criminal Cases

    People in North Carolina are often encouraged to take care of things themselves. If one goes into a local bookstore, that person would find dozens of ...

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  • Know The Consequences Of Underage Drinking In North Carolina

    Lawmakers, police and prosecutors take impaired driving extremely seriously in North Carolina and offenders, no matter their age, routinely face ...

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  • Circumstantial Evidence Offered Did Not Prove Intent to Sell Marijuana

    The possession of marijuana with intent to sell is a more serious offense than simple possession and such intent may be shown by direct or ...

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  • Two DWI bills pass in the North Carolina House, head to Senate

    Bills target DWI offenders with stiffer penalties and license restrictions The North Carolina House has passed two bills aimed at both first-time and ...

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  • Implied Consent in North Carolina

    Even though most drivers may not be aware of it, everyone with a North Carolina driver’s license has agreed to allow police to test their blood ...

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