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  • Pulled Over? Here are the First Three Things You Must Do
    Pulled Over? Here are the First Three Things You Must Do

    Even routine traffic stops can be stressful experiences if you don’t know what to expect or how to handle yourself. To prevent unnecessary conflict, do these three things immediately after you’ve been ...

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  • Seeking Employment with a Criminal Record
    Seeking Employment with a Criminal Record

    Rest assured: A criminal record does not mean you are patently unemployable. However, it does make a job hunt more difficult, as most employers conduct criminal background checks before making offers. ...

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  • Understanding North Carolina Assault and Battery Crimes
    Understanding North Carolina Assault and Battery Crimes

    There are three types of “simple” assault and battery crimes in North Carolina, in addition to more serious assault and battery crimes where aggravating factors are present. Assault is the threat of ...

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  • Understanding Mens Rea in North Carolina Criminal Cases
    Understanding Mens Rea in North Carolina Criminal Cases

    In order to prove your guilt, a prosecutor must show that you 1) committed a criminal act, and 2) did so with criminal intent. This intent is called mens rea . With few exceptions, if the State cannot ...

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  • Understanding the Burden of Proof in North Carolina Criminal Cases
    Understanding the Burden of Proof in North Carolina Criminal Cases

    All criminal defendants in North Carolina are deemed “innocent until proven guilty.” If you are a defendant in a criminal case, whether it is a case of reckless driving, a crime stemming from a ...

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  • Miranda Rights Explained
    Miranda Rights Explained

    “You have the right to remain silent.” “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be ...

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