Russell W. DeMent listed in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

The Raleigh criminal defense and litigation firm of DeMent Askew & Johnson is pleased to announce that Russell (Rusty) DeMent III has been listed in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America’s General Criminal Defense Section and to its DUI/DWI Section.  Rusty has more than two decades of courtroom experience.  He is an AV…

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Firm Included in Best Law Firms for 4th Consecutive Year

Best Lawyers/US News & World Report Best Law Firm 2021

The Raleigh criminal defense and litigation firm of Dement Askew & Johnson is pleased to announce that it has been included in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America Best Law Firms list for practice in Raleigh as follows: Metropolitan Tier 2 – DUI/DWI Defense Metropolitan Tier 3 – Criminal Defense: General Practice…

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Client found not guilty in DWI case.

Defendant had a head-on collision with injuries to both parties. He was given field sobriety tests on the scene of the collision and did not perform well on those tests with the exception of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test where he showed no signs of impairment from any central nervous system depressant. He admitted…

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No prison sentence for client facing 1 year.

Defendant charged with Level 2 DWI with one prior within 7 years. Was facing a potential sentence of 1 year in prison. Defendant attended a treatment program and really changed her life direction while the case was pending. We were able to get the judge to agree to accept the inpatient treatment as credit for…

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What’s an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

Criminal Lawyer, DWI Lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer.

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…

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Can a Defendant Contest Breathalyzer Results?

Criminal Lawyer, DWI Lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer.

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…

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

Criminal Lawyer, DWI Lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer.

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…

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