Handling both Watauga and Avery Counties practicing exclusively in criminal defense, our office is always willing to discuss your case, contact our offices as soon as possible and allow us to begin working quickly to ensure you are prepared for any investigation, hearing, or other legal proceeding.
If not handled properly, traffic tickets can become much more expensive than just a court fine. Britt Springer has the experience and ability to get you the reduction you need to prevent a possible suspension, and an increase on your insurance premiums. In most cases, you won’t ever need to appear in court.
Common Traffic Violations
A driving while impaired (DWI) charge is one of the most serious allegations a driver can face in North Carolina. The potential consequences of a DWI could include hefty fines, community service hours, a suspended license, jail time, and even a felony charge, depending on the circumstances. While DWIs fall into particular patterns, each case is unique and presents its own challenges and opportunities. A thorough and experienced DWI lawyer will request available video, challenging the reliability of the state's Intox breathalyzer machine, looking into an unreliable officer's pattern of arrests, and interviewing witnesses who believe the client was not impaired.
Under North Carolina law, DWI's can be alcohol or drug related. Proved by impairment of unlawful drug or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. Typically, law enforcement attempts to determine if someone is under the influence of alcohol by administering a roadside sobriety test, followed by a blood alcohol (breathalyzer) test.
DWI charges may involve one or more of the following:
College is the time in a person’s life when they experience the most growth, it is also a time filled with the possibility of the most mistakes. With the temptations of drinking and drugs found across college campuses, some will find themselves charged with a criminal offense or begging called into a student disciplinary hearing through the school conduct department. The school sanctions can be brought against you, even if the activity took place separate and apart from campus life. If you are a student in the High Country and have been accused or charged with underage drinking, DWI, possession of drugs or paraphernalia, assault, sexual battery, theft or other offenses; contact Britt Springer, Attorney at Law right away and let her experience within student conduct help you through the proceedings of a school’s disciplinary hearing.
Colleges in the High Country
Despite being less serious than a felony, misdemeanors can be difficult and frustrating if not handled properly. To ensure that your best interests are followed and your rights are protected, it can greatly benefit you to have a criminal defense lawyer represent you for any criminal charges, including misdemeanors.
Common Misdemeanor charges
Typically associated with violent crimes, drug charges, and other major criminal offenses, felonies are very serious charges that could result in severe punishment. Due to the severity and seriousness of felonies if you are under investigation or have been charged, it is imperative to have legal representation who will protect your rights and defend you.
Common Felony Charges
Your case was dismissed and the court system is now behind you, but that does not mean that you have a clean record. When you are charged with a crime, a hard copy and an electronic version is placed on your record. This record can be accessed by employers, educators, and landlords. However, an expungement is a court order that requires everything to be destroyed and erased so that it cannot be viewed or accessed by anyone.
In 2017 North Carolina implemented new expungement laws. The main change is a reduction in the wait period to expunge non-violent misdemeanor and felony convictions.
For cases that have been dismissed or found not guilty.
For non-violent convictions
If you have any questions about expunging your record please give us a call at (828) 386-1705, we will be glad to answer your questions.
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