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The Difference Between DUI and DWI

In North Carolina, the phrases DUI and DWI are used interchangeably. DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence, while DWI means Driving While Impaired; there is a difference, though. While the terms DUI and DWI mean the same thing today, this was no… Read More
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Categories: DWI
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Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been charged with a crime, even if you believe you are guilty, you can still benefit from working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The criminal justice system is incredibly complicated. And when you have been charged with a cr… Read More
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Defenses to a DWI Charge

Defenses to a DWI Charge

If you were arrested and charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI) in North Carolina, even if you think you are guilty, it is important to remember that you have valuable legal rights and defenses that can minimize the effect of a DWI charge or convi… Read More
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Reckless Driving

What is Considered Reckless Driving in North Carolina?

Unlike many other states, reckless driving in North Carolina is a criminal charge. Specifically, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, suspension of your driver’s license, and points on your drivin… Read More
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Categories: Traffic Violations
Court Trial Concept

Character Evidence for Criminal Charges in North Carolina

If you’ve ever watched a courtroom drama like The Rainmaker, A Time to Kill, or A Few Good Men you’ve no doubt seen prosecutors and defense attorneys objecting to questions or evidence the other lawyers want to introduce. Scenes of lawyers object… Read More
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Theft Crime - Doctrine of Recent Possession

What is the Doctrine of Recent Possession in a Theft Case?

North Carolina recognizes various theft crimes. The most popular include larceny, felony larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of stolen goods, and shoplifting. North Carolina also recognizes the crimes of breaking and entering,… Read More
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resisting arrest

Resisting Arrest in North Carolina

When people think of “resisting arrest” they often think of a police officer trying to make a lawful arrest and a suspect running from the police, leading police on a high-speed chase, or fighting the police and physically refusing to comply. But… Read More
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unlawful arrest

False Imprisonment and Unlawful Arrest in North Carolina

False imprisonment and unlawful arrest can occur anytime a person is unlawfully detained or restrained without their consent and when someone is deprived of their liberty or freedom without due process of law. False imprisonment claims frequently ari… Read More
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Should You Consent to a Police Search?

A police search occurs anytime law enforcement agents search your body or clothing, home, car, or other possessions. When police perform a search, they are usually looking for illegal drugs, illegal weapons, or evidence of other illegal activity. In… Read More
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Impact of DWI on Insurance

What Is the Impact of a DWI on North Carolina Insurance Rates?

If you have been charged with a DWI in North Carolina, you face the potential penalties of a DWI conviction, which include hefty fines, potential jail time, and a license suspension, as well as time away from work when you need to appear in court, th… Read More
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About Ryan Stowe

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Ryan Stowe is the principal attorney at Stowe Law Firm, PLLC. Mr. Stowe is proud to be practicing in his hometown of Salisbury, NC, and is a first generation Rowan County attorney. Mr. Stowe takes pride in being a criminal defense attorney. He focuse…

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