Russell W. DeMent III selected for 2018 “Best Lawyers in America” publication

DeMent Askew partner Russell W. DeMent III has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018 “Best Lawyers in America” publication. DeMent received the designation for Criminal Defense: General Practice. “I am honored to be included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2018 in the field of Criminal Defense: General Practice, and I’m very excited to have …

Final passing of the torch…

Growing up I knew I wanted to be like my father. As a small boy, I didn’t know what it meant to be a lawyer, but I knew my father was very good at what he did and commanded the respect of those around him. As I grew to understand what it meant to practice law and fight for the …

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What’s an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

Drunk driving is never tolerated in any state. However, North Carolina deploys some of the harshest penalties for drunk drivers, including the Ignition Interlock Device (IID). From jail time to fines to penalties, you will certainly endure a lot as a punishment for breaking the law. However, one punishment many DWI offenders do not think about is that of the Ignition Interlock …

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What Happens if You are Convicted of Growing Marijuana in North Carolina?

While some states allow growing marijuana and the private use and sale, North Carolina is not one of those states. In North Carolina, marijuana is considered a Schedule VI substance, which means that is has a low potential for abuse, but it is illegal to possess, sell, or manufacture. If you are growing marijuana on your property, and you are …

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Can a Defendant Contest Breathalyzer Results?

The breathalyzer, known as a breath-test device, is routinely used by law enforcement in North Carolina to determine if a motorist is under the influence. Law enforcement’s prevalent use of the device makes some defendants believe they cannot contest breathalyzer results. If a high BAC comes back, prosecutors use the breathalyzer’s evidence to prove the DWI charges in court. Over the past …

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Are DWI Roadblocks in North Carolina a Violation of Motorist Rights?

Sobriety checkpoints, often called DWI roadblocks, feel like an invasion of privacy. They are strategically set along main roads with one purpose: finding drunken drivers. At these checkpoints, all vehicles must stop, and law enforcement can assess if the driver is inebriated at the time. If the officer suspects that the driver has been drinking, they may perform a field sobriety test …

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Stalking: Is It a Form of Domestic Abuse?

Stalking is considered domestic violence and is taken very seriously in the state of North Carolina. Courts are diligent when it comes to protecting victims of alleged acts of domestic violence. Therefore, law enforcement is highly sensitive to what constitutes domestic abuse. If your spouse or ex-partner alleges that you are stalking them, you might wonder if that constitutes domestic …

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Reasonable Suspicion: What is it and How Does It Affect My DWI Case?

For law enforcement to pull your vehicle over, the law requires them to have reasonable suspicion that you violated the law in some way. When it comes to drinking and driving, the officer must have probable cause to rationalize a field sobriety check. While North Carolina used to have some of the strictest laws against drunken driving, they have made recent …

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Can You Expunge Your Record and Get a Fresh Start?

Criminal records create numerous barriers. Fortunately, you may be able to expunge your record and eliminate those barriers. While some criminal records should remain permanent, other instances make a permanent scar on someone’s record unjust. After all, to err is human. Therefore, a person’s mistake years ago should not always affect the rest of their adult life. How a Criminal …