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How a DUI on your record can affect your ability to drive

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

If you have no prior convictions for drinking and driving, being found guilty of DWI is unlikely to result in serious jail time. Unless there were aggravating factors involved, the judge could impose only a short…

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Mortgage fraud comes in two different forms

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

There is a good chance that you obtained a mortgage to finance the purchase of your North Carolina home. It’s also likely that you obtained the loan in a lawful manner. However, it’s not uncommon for…

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Distinguishing between specific intent and general intent

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

When violent crimes are committed in North Carolina, what many people don’t know is that there’s a difference in these crimes depending on the state of mind of the person who committed them. Specific intent and…

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Acts that constitute tax fraud

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

Tax fraud is not a mistake since it’s a willful intention to avoid paying tax. Tax fraud happens to businesses and individuals. Tax evasion is among the common types of tax fraud. In the US, taxpayers…

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The consequences of breaking and entering in North Carolina

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

There are consequences to breaking and entering into a building in North Carolina. Some individuals will face felony charges while others will face misdemeanor charges for this type of crime. Several factors determine what type of…

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As courthouse restrictions ease, is your DWI case part of the backlog?

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

Among the many ways that the pandemic affected life in Gaston County and across North Carolina is putting the criminal justice system into a virtual freeze. While police were still arresting people, trial dates for lower-level…

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Does burglary always involve theft?

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

Images associated with burglary often involve someone illegally entering a North Carolina home and then exiting with stolen items. While many burglary incidents involve theft, they reflect two separate crimes. Therefore, burglary could occur even when…

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What are your rights during a traffic stop?

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

If you see flashing lights in your rear mirror, there is a good chance that you’ll need to pull to the side of the road. During a traffic stop, you are obligated to provide the North…

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Insider trading could produce civil or criminal penalties

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

The average citizen in North Carolina likely has a negative view of the term insider trading. The truth of the matter is much more nuanced. The financial regulatory system actually acknowledges that legal forms of insider…

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When is self-defense justifiable?

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

Under North Carolina law, people can claim self-defense when charged with assaulting someone. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the legal definition of self-defense. Sometimes, people commit assaults and then claim self-defense. Beating someone up because you think…

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