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Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all non-essential Criminal District Court and Criminal Superior Courts, will automatically be continued at least thirty days in an effort
t’s Official! As of February 7, 2020, FLETCHER LEGAL, PLLC is officially registered as a North Carolina Law Firm! More on this to follow!
ADVICE & BLOGROLL
In North Carolina, if you’re absolutely hammered, try and find a Segway instead of an electric scooter; it might just save you a DWI charge!
As always, we begin our analysis by reviewing the relevant law, N.C.G.S. 20-138.1: “A person commits the offense of Impaired Driving if he drives any vehicle upon any highway, any street, or any public vehicular area within this state: While under
Drugged Driving – or Drug DWI – is a form of “Impaired Driving,” under N.C.G.S. 20-138.1. This is the same law that the State uses to convict drunk drivers. In other words, the same law governs drunk driving and drugged driving. But, operating under the influence of drugs, and operating under the influence of alcohol, are two very different things.
FLETCHER LEGAL IS A CHARLOTTE-BASED LAW PRACTICE DEDICATED TO HELPING OUR CLIENTS NAVIGATE BOTH THE JUDICIAL PROCESS, AND LIFE’S MOST DIFFICULT MOMENTS. We constantly push the limits of what’s possible when it comes to integrating technology into solo practice with the goal of reducing client fees and expanding access to law. We believe in treating people the way we want to be treated.
WE FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, BUT RESULTS AREN’T EVERYTHING. We believe that relationships are key, and we only accept clients that we feel we can have a successful partnership with to reach the best results. We believe that legal emergencies rarely occur during business hours, and that it is essential for clients to have Attorney Fletcher’s personal cell phone number.
WE ACCEPT CLIENTS, NOT CASES, AND WE GO WHERE WE ARE NEEDED, ACROSS ALL 100 NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES. We stick to what we’re good at, continually pushing the envelope and streamlining process steps. We always set our clients up for the best possible outcome.
ONLINE EXPUNGEMENTS: HOW IT WORKS
FLETCHER LEGAL SAW AN OPPORTUNITY WHERE THE OTHER GUYS SAW “BUSINESS-AS-USUAL:” North Carolina Expungements should be automated! Cleaning your background should be as easy asa cleaning your credit – and now it is!
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HOW IT WORKS
WHAT IF I NEED A DIFFERENT TYPE OF EXPUNGEMENT?
WE’VE MADE ONLINE EXPUNGEMENTS SIMPLE! The process is the same for each of these 3 expungements, which I will walk you through now. And, if you ever get stuck, need a helping hand, or just want to speak with your expungement attorney, simply step into our virtual lobby by visiting attorneyvideocall.com – a secure videochat platform we developed ourselves: no software to download, no accounts to create! Medical Grade Privacy, Military Grade Security.
FLETCHER LEGAL HAS MOVED THE EXPUNGEMENT PROCESS WHERE IT BELONGS: ONLINE!
A District Attorney may dismiss (almost) any criminal charge, at any point during the case, for any reason or for no reason at all (referred to as “prosecutorial discretion”). Many reasons may lead to a voluntary dismissal: perhaps the state believes they have a weak case they cannot prove at trial, perhaps they cannot locate the prosecuting witness, or perhaps the person charged is now in compliance with a minor traffic offense. As long as you haven’t been convicted of a felony, you’re usually able to expunge a dismissed charge. We’ve made the process easier than ever; learn more about expunging a Voluntary Dismissal here, or start expunging a Voluntary Dismissal online now.
Deferred Dismissals are not unconditional. Typically, the state “makes a deal” with a first time offender, a person charged with minor drug possession, or an underage drinker. In exchange for a guaranteed future dismissal, the person charged agrees to complete a period of probation, a drug class, or community service. Convicted felons are barred from expunging Deferred Dismissals from their criminal records. We’ve made the process easier, and less expensive, than ever! Learn more about expunging a Deferred Dismissal here, or begin expunging a Deferred Dismissal online now!
Not Guilty Verdicts, whether obtained from a judge hearing and ruling on a case, or obtained from a jury, may be expunged from a person’s criminal record, as long as that person is not a convicted felon. We’ve made the process of expunging a Not Guilty verdict easier, and less expensive, than ever before! Learn more about expunging a North Carolina Not Guilty Verdict here, or begin your online expungement now!
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SETTLE FOR LESS! EXPUNGE ON YOUR TIME – KEEP A TEAM OF PROS ON YOUR CASE TOO! We really wanted the best of both worlds: an automated, online, expungement platform to reduce client fees, allow users to clean their criminal record at their convenience, but still having at Expungement Attorney supervising the entire filing from start to finish. Broadly speaking, there are five steps users must complete to expunge a North Carolina Voluntary Dismissal, Deferred Dismissal, or Not Guilty Verdict:
- RESEARCH. CONFIRM EXPUNGEMENT ELIGIBILITY;
- MORE RESEARCH. GATHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHARGE YOU WANT TO EXPUNGE;
- REGISTER. CREATE ACCOUNT;
- PAY. PAY ONE-TIME EXPUNGEMENT FEES ONLINE;
- SUBMIT. ENTER DATA VIA A USER-FRIENDLY WEB FORM.
NAVIGATING OUR WEBSITE. Starting from fletcher-legal.com (our homepage), click on “Expunge” using the primary navigation links contained in the header. Once you hover over “Expunge,” several more specific subsections, such as “Expunge a Voluntary Dismissal,” “Expunge a Deferred Dismissal,” and “Expunge a Not Guilty Verdict” will appear. Each page contains detailed information for each type of North Carolina Expungement. Take the time to review this material, as each Expungement contains very specific requirements and conditions that a user must meet in order to obtain a North Carolina Expungement.
RULE # 1: MAKE CERTAIN YOU MEET EVERY REQUIREMENT FOR THE EXPUNGEMENT YOU’RE SEEKING.
THE ONLY REQUIREMENT TO EXPUNGE A VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL, DEFERRED DISMISSAL, OR NOT GUILTY VERDICT IS THAT THE USER CANNOT BE A CONVICTED FELON
- County Name;
- File Number;
- Court Division (District Court or Superior Court);
- Personal user details, including:
- User’s full legal name;
- User’s address;
- User’s Driver License Number, or State Issued ID Number;
- User’s Date of Birth;
- User’s Social Security Number;
- User’s Age at the time they were charged with committing a crime;
- User’s full legal name;
- Any additional File Numbers for other dismissed charges to Expunge in this same county;
- Date of Arrest;
- Name and Address of Arresting Agency/Agencies;
- Name of Offense;
- Date of Offense;
- Date of Disposition.
That’s it! All in all, the required data will look something like this:
I was charged with ______________ in ________________ County, North Carolina on ________ ______, 19/20____. The file number for this charge is ______________________.
SELECT [ ] At the time I was charged, I was only charged with this 1 crime; OR
[ ] At the time I was charged, I was also accused of other crimes in the same county that were also either dismissed or determined Not Guilty:
CHARGE 2: I was also charged with _____________, on ______ _____, ______. The file number for this charge is _____________________, and the case was filed in the same county as CHARGE 1.
CHARGE 3: I was also charged with _____________, on ______ _____, ______. The file number for this charge is _____________________, and the case was filed in the same county as CHARGES 1 & 2.
CHARGE 4: I was also charged with _____________, on ______ _____, ______. The file number for this charge is _____________________, and the case was filed in the same county as CHARGES 1, 2 & 3.
CHARGE 5: I was also charged with _____________, on ______ _____, ______. The file number for this charge is _____________________, and the case was filed in the same county as CHARGES 1, 2, 3 & 4.
For each charge / conviction, record the following data on each file:
- FILE NUMBER:
- DATE OF ARREST:
- POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT ARRESTED ME:
- POLICE DEPARTMENT ADDRESS
NAME JAIL WHERE I WAS HELD:
- ADDRESS OF JAIL WHERE I WAS HELD:
- DATE OF OFFENSE:
- DISPOSITION (CHECK ONE):
- [ ] VOLUNTARILY DISMISSED
- [ ] DEFERRED DISMISSAL
- [ ] NOT GUILTY VERDICT
- [ ] VOLUNTARILY DISMISSED
- DISPOSITION DATE:
- TRUE/FALSE: MY BLOOD WAS TAKEN IN THIS CASE AND SUBMITTED TO THE STATE CRIME LAB:
TRUE / FALSE
- TRUE / FALSE: I WAS HELD AT MORE THAN ONE JAIL ON THIS CHARGE / THESE CHARGES:
TRUE / FALSE
- TRUE / FALSE: I WAS HELD IN PRISON ON THIS CHARGE / THESE CHARGES:
TRUE / FALSE
- TRUE / FALSE: THE CHARGE I WANT EXPUNGED IS A DISMISSED DWI (DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED):
TRUE / FALSE
We’ve made a helpful cheatsheet with all the information you’ll need to retrieve, and where to retrieve this data for free, which you can access and print HERE.
EVERY COURTHOUSE IN NORTH CAROLINA HAS A PUBLIC TERMINAL AVAILABLE TO ACCESS ELECTRONIC CRIMINAL RECORDS. Each and every courthouse in North Carolina has a criminal Clerk of Court. In each of their offices, a computer kiosk is open and available for public use where citizens are allowed to retrieve case information at no cost whatsoever. Our Expungement CheatSheet contains instructions for using the Clerk’s Electronic Case Management System, bur if the whole process seems intimidating, we will be more than happy to gather this information on your behalf, and email a copy over at our first convenience. Simply pay an additional one-time-fee or $49.99, and we will send an Expungement Professional from our team to gather everything you need to proceed!
THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR THE TRUST YOU PLACE IN OUR FIRM!
WHILE YOU’RE HERE…If this is the first you’ve heard of FLETCHER LEGAL, I’d like to invite you to spend a little time on our website! A great place to learn a little more about what we’re all about is on the page titled “CORE VALUES,” located under the “COUNSEL” tab of the Primary Navigation Menu. If you’d like to learn more about what we do, click on “REPRESENTATION;” and – if we may ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We take clients – not cases. What we mean by that is that we seek to establish long term, client-focused relationships as trusted advisors – we’re not one-and-done speeding ticket lawyers. Each and every client has Attorney Fletcher’s personal cell phone number for legal emergencies, and is treated like the only client in the Firm.