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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.
CASE LAW & RESEARCH TOOLS
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.
CASE LAW RESEARCH
THE PROBLEM: OVERWHELMING COMPLEXITY. Harvard Google (or “searh” the internet phrase “free caselaw research tools. Call me after your first year down the Rabbit Hole! It’s overwhelming, distinguishing differences and identifying the appropriate occasions on which each tool should be best wielded is not easily ascertainable. I’m not listing every free case law search here – I’m creating the very most effective, free caselaw workflow model.
THE SOLUTION: K.I.S.S. (or “KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID!). The order outlined, for the purposes mentioned below, are how and why these specific tools are to be used in order to maximize free state and federal case law sources. There isn’t some massive scientific study on it or anything, and it is only my opinion – but it’s a damn good one! I find it unlikely that the case law you require cannot be obtained from one of these few sources included.
- U.S. Supreme Court Opinions –1791 to present.
- U.S. Federal District, Appellate, Tax, and Bankruptcy Court Opinions –1923 to present.
- U.S. State Appellate and Supreme Court Opinions –1950 to present.
- Scholarly articles, papers, and reports.
- Patents: U.S. Patents –1790 to present; European Patent Office and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Patents –1978 to present.
- Google Scholar is more than just case law: it contains scholarly research, patent information, and governmental reports. Search by keyword or case citation.
- After executing a search, narrow results using filters in the left-hand margin. Available filters include limiting by jurisdiction and court.
- The “How Cited” feature lists other cases in the Google Scholar database that either cite your case or are related to the case you’re currently viewing.
- Google Scholar is a great place to begin your research, but considered less authoritative that other online legal sources like CourtListener or LII.
- U.S. Supreme Court Opinions – 1791 to the present.
- U.S. Federal Appellate Court Opinions – 1920s to the present for most circuits.
- U.S. Federal District Court and Bankruptcy Court Opinions – coverage dependent on district.
- U.S. State Supreme and Appellate Court Opinions – coverage dependent on state (>84,000 North Carolina Opinions going back to the mid-1800’s.
- Authorities List for each case opinion.
- Links to Cited Opinions.
- “Cited By” feature providing links to other opinions that cite the opinion you’re currently viewing.
- Project RECAP Archive provides free access to billions of PACER documents.
- Quickest New Case Uploads – From Court to Database.
- All state court opinions.
- All federal court opinions.
- All territorial court opinions for American Samoa, Dakota Territory, Guam, Native American Courts, Navajo Nation, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
- CAP’s earliest case is from 1658.
- CAP’s most recent cases are from 2018.
- Maintained by Harvard Law School, the Caselaw Access Project includes all official, book-published U.S. Case Law, including all U.S. State Case Law, through June, 2018.
- Search by case name, abbreviation, decision date, docket number, reporter, court ID, or jurisdiction.
- Perhaps CAP’s best use is for researchers using its API’s and Bulk Data services.
- All opinions of the United States Supreme Court since 1992.
- Over 600 earlier U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
- 10 Years of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals.
- The full United States Code.
- The Code of Federal Regulations.
- All of the Federal Rules.
- Important secondary sources, including: a 6,000+-entry legal dictionary.
- An encyclopedia that contains a series of “topical” pages that serve as concise explanatory guides and Internet resource listings for roughly 100 areas of law.
- The “Granddaddy” of free law online, LII is maintained by Cornell University’s Law School Library and first became available in 1992.
- Aside from publishing judicial opinions, Federal Rules, and U.S. Code, LII contains a collaborative legal dictionary called WEX.
- Many free law projects around the world are modeled on LII. It’s completely free (not even ad-supported), and there’s no subscription or fees required for access.
- All electronically filed documents with the NC Supreme Court and NC Court of Appeals since 1998.
- Electronically filing documents with the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals.
- Obtaining Records, Supplements, and Briefs to all electronically filed North Carolina Appellate Court Cases.
- Inside front cover of the Bluebook: Contains Quick Reference Guide to Law Review Footnotes–this is the format used for academic legal citation.
- Table of Contents: Highlights the non-academic legal citation rules (Bluepages), academic legal citation rules (white pages), and tables.
- The Bluepages: Contains rules and introduction about the basic legal citation for practitioners and law clerks. More difficult citation questions may require you to consult the white pages.
- Rules 1-9: Contain general rules of citation and style for use in legal writing.
Rules 10-19: Contain rules for specific types of materials, such as cases, statutes, and secondary sources.
- Rules 20-21: Contain rules governing citation of foreign and international materials.
- Tables T1 – T16: Contain overall general rules that should be consulted in connection with any of the Rules 1-21 where needed.
- Index: Use the Index to locate rules of citation you are looking for.
- Inside back cover of the Bluebook: Contains Quick Reference Guide to Court Documents and Legal Memorandum-this is the format used for non-academic legal citation.
- Outside back cover of the Bluebook: Contains an outline of the Bluebook contents.
U.S. House of Representatives
Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Court Finder
U.S. Supreme Court
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Census Bureau
CDC | Vital Records by State
Federal Bureau of Prisons | Inmate Locator
Federal Bureau of Prisons | Location by Map
WHERE WE GO: GEOGRAPHIC PRACTICE AREAS
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