Do I have to go to court for my traffic ticket?

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by David Shurman Whether you must appear in court depends on the type of violation.  You may always appear in court to challenge your ticket or to plead guilty to the charges.  Certain traffic offenses may be handled without going to court by paying the fine and court costs prior to the court date listed on your citation. These traffic …

Should I Make a Statement to the Police?

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by David Shurman, Criminal Defense Attorney with Freeman & Associates The short answer is NO!  If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, being held for an interrogation, or placed under arrest, do not make any statements to the police. You should first consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help guide you through the criminal investigation …

How Do You Expunge a Criminal Record?

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by David Shurman, Criminal Defense Attorney for Freeman & Associates Expungement refers to a legal process that destroys your criminal record as though it never happened, although in some cases a copy of the record may remain available to judicial and law enforcement officials for potential use in future court cases. In some states the terms sealing and expungement are …

Can Immigration Officials Freeze Bank Accounts?

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by David Sherman, Criminal Defense Attorney with Freeman & Associates The immigration judge only has jurisdiction over immigration issues  and the removal order issued by an immigration judge will not authorize the federal government to freeze or seize you assets and bank accounts UNLESS the money in your accounts is due to some type of criminal activity or being used …

Can Immigration Officials Freeze Bank Accounts?

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The immigration judge only has jurisdiction over immigration issues  and the removal order issued by an immigration judge will not authorize the federal government to freeze or seize you assets and bank accounts UNLESS the money in your accounts is due to some type of criminal activity or being used to fund illegal acts such as terrorism. Keep in mind …

What should I expect at my arraignment?

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An arraignment is a court proceeding following arrest where the criminal charges are formally read to the defendant.  The charges may be presented by indictment (a formal charging instrument by a grand jury) or by information (formal charging instrument from the prosecutor).  In the case of an indictment, a grand jury hears evidence and makes a determination as to whether …

Do I have to go to court for my traffic ticket?

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Whether you must appear in court depends on the type of violation.  You may always appear in court to challenge your ticket or to plead guilty to the charges.  Certain traffic offenses may be handled without going to court by paying the fine and court costs prior to the court date listed on your citation. These traffic offenses are commonly …

Can I refuse a Breathalyzer?

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Although the answer can vary by state, in many cases, a refusal is itself a criminal or civil violation subject to stiff penalties.  In addition, if the DWI case is proven against you, there may be additional penalties imposed beyond those for the drunk driving offense. In North Carolina, refusing to take a breathalyzer test does not carry criminal penalties, …

Are the police required to knock before entering my home with a search warrant?

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Under most circumstances, even if officers have a search warrant, they have to announce themselves and their purpose before entering a home. This “knock-notice” or “knock and announce” is rooted in the Fourth Amendment’s protections and also many state laws. The knock notice rule requires in most instances that officers not enter a dwelling without permission until the occupant has …

Should I Make a Statement to the Police?

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The short answer is NO!  If you are the subject of a criminal investigation, being held for an interrogation, or placed under arrest, do not make any statements to the police. You should first consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help guide you through the criminal investigation process. Although you may think you can effectively present your …