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Removal from sex offender registry

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

Sex offenses are particular criminal issues that legislatures in North Carolina and around the country have taken a harsh stance against. Not only have the state lawmakers established fines and penalties, but continuing public safety is…

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How to claim self-defense during an assault?

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

Assaults and violent crimes are charged as either felonies or misdemeanors in Gaston County, North Carolina. Depending on the circumstances around the incident, a common defense for assault and battery is self-defense. Claiming self-defense The most…

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A hidden cost of a DWI conviction

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

There are a lot of costs associated with a conviction for drinking and driving: fines, the cost of getting your driver’s license reinstated, legal fees and so on. Even after you pay the penalties the judge…

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Free medical services can cause federal investigation of doctors

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

Doctors or clinics in North Carolina sometimes offer free medical services as a form of community outreach and support. However, these seemingly positive actions can result in violations of federal laws. Unless conducted in careful compliance…

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The plea agreement process in North Carolina

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

Assaults and violent crimes are not always prosecuted in the courtroom; a plea agreement is often reached before the case ever reaches trial. You may want to know what you can expect if you find yourself…

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Reasons why eyewitnesses can get it wrong after a crime

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

The courts in North Carolina have used eyewitnesses in criminal proceedings for decades. Witnesses are supposed to establish facts and help the authorities determine whether someone is guilty of a crime. However, witnesses can make mistakes…

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What is a reasonable doubt in criminal law?

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

No one can be convicted of a crime in North Carolina unless the prosecution can prove that they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The term “beyond a reasonable doubt” implies that any reasonable person would…

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Procedure for being removed from the sex offender registry

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

Everyone convicted of a sex offense in North Carolina is required to register with the Department of Public Safety as a sex offender. The registration period typically requires the convicted sex offender to be listed for…

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Why insider trading could be wrong

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

Insider trading is a white-collar crime that you may have heard about in North Carolina, but you might not know what it entails or why you should care. Insider trading is when someone who has access…

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What is involved in wire fraud?

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

It is hard to definitively define wire fraud. There are many different techniques that people use to commit mail or wire fraud in South Carolina. However, the same types of wired technologies are used, and the…

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