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2024 How Much Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Cost in NC?

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, there are probably a great many things that you’re thinking about. Not only is your reputation on the line, but so is your family and your livelihood.…

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How Much Is a Speeding Ticket in NC?

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

Every road in North Carolina has a posted speed limit for a reason. It indicates that the nature of that specific road, and the setting in which it resides, mean that it is not safe to…

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What Is the Difference Between Homicide, Murder, and Manslaughter in NC?

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

Homicide, murder, and manslaughter are all serious criminal offenses under North Carolina law. They each involve someone’s life being taken by another person. All these offenses can carry severe penalties, including imprisonment and, in particularly egregious…

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North Carolina DUI / DWI Laws and Penalties 2024

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

Facing criminal charges is often a difficult and stressful reality. Navigating the legal system on your own is overwhelming and often futile. DUI charges can be particularly difficult because they carry such heavy penalties at every…

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Issues surrounding bankruptcy fraud

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

While people struggling financially might not wish to file for bankruptcy, the proceedings could provide a viable pathway out of a challenging fiscal situation. Bankruptcy proceedings occur in federal court, so any North Carolina resident who…

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How can you challenge Breathalyzer results in North Carolina?

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

If you have been arrested and charged with DWI, you may start feeling overwhelmed. One thing that you may want to consider is challenging the breath test results. Some of the most common ways to do…

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Bail process for domestic violence charges

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

Those accused of domestic violence in Gaston County, North Carolina, may be eligible for bail. The possibility of bail depends on several factors that a judge will have to consider. Domestic violence bail process A defendant…

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The different types of field sobriety tests in North Carolina

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

When a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence in North Carolina, they will likely ask you to take a field sobriety test to determine whether or not you are impaired.…

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What is voluntary manslaughter?

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

Voluntary manslaughter is a serious felony charge in North Carolina. While it is not as serious as a murder charge, it has a longer potential sentence than a charge for involuntary manslaughter. A person who is…

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What is wire fraud, and how is a person charged with it?

On Behalf of The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford DWI Defense

A charge of wire fraud could change the life of a North Carolina resident. It’s a white-collar crime that is considered very seriously and carries significant penalties. What is wire fraud? Wire fraud is a serious federal…

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