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N.C. “Second Chance Act” Gets Closer to Passing

UPDATED 6/18/2020 – Final language appears to be much better and there are now some great changes in here. Senate and House have passed the final version and it is heading to the Governor’s desk. Our blog post has been updated to reflect the final language. ———- There have not been many big changes in … Read More

What Does the CARES Act Do for Individuals, Businesses and Healthcare Providers?

Most of us have never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. A tiny contagious virus has taken a tragic human toll and shut down much of the world’s economy. The way back won’t be easy, but Congress quickly pushed through major legislation designed to keep U.S. families, businesses and healthcare providers afloat. Passed … Read More

What are Considered Essential Businesses Under States’ COVID-19 Rules?

During the coronavirus pandemic, previously bustling locations from malls to urban downtowns have gone eerily quiet. But your local pizza place might still be open, along with restaurants that can survive on takeout and delivery orders and, of course, grocery stores. After all, keeping people fed during an epidemic is critical, and food delivery and … Read More

Can a National COVID-19 Quarantine Be Issued Under the Stafford Act?

Countries around the world are grappling with the devastating effects of the coronavirus. Though leaders of many nations have issued national edicts, authority in the United States is divided between states and the federal government. This complicated system often leads to misstatements and misinterpretations, even among the people who are in charge. And while some … Read More

How Can Someone Be Punished if They Violate a COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

  Across the country, stay-at-home orders have strained law enforcement and tested how far states and municipalities are willing to go to enforce the orders. These directives have triggered controversy and confusion, as standards sometimes differ from town to town or county to county. In certain instances, people who have violated government edicts designed to … Read More

What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into … Read More

How the Pandemic Is Changing Various Aspects of Federal Civil Law

Anyone who has followed the news since the coronavirus outbreak hit the United States probably knows that the federal government has taken a wide range of actions to address the pandemic’s human and financial costs. One major piece of legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, has received a great deal of … Read More

HUGE changes to NC Expunction Laws Give New Hope to Countless Thousands of North Carolinians

Effective December 1, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly has implemented the broadest and possibly most important changes to existing North Carolina expunction laws to date. Senate Bill 445 passed the North Carolina Senate by a 47-2 vote and the House by a 103-2 vote. This bill contains numerous changes, but there are two MASSIVE … Read More

DWI Convictions No Longer Eligible for Expunction Effective December 1, 2015

Effective December 1, 2015, DWI convictions will no longer be eligible for expunction in North Carolina. This applies to any new petitions as well as those petitions which are still pending as of December 1. Dismissed or not guilty DWI charges will still be eligible for expunction pursuant to 15A-146. This is the result of … Read More

Supreme Court Places Limits on Use of Dogs at Traffic Stops

In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the United States Supreme Court placed new limits on dog sniffs as a part of routine traffic stops in the case of Rodriguez v. United States. In summary, the Court held that once a traffic stop has been completed, law enforcement may not extend a … Read More