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Kurtz & Blum, PLLC

With over 40 years of combined trial experience, the lawyers at Kurtz and Blum have the expertise and knowledge to defend your legal rights in Raleigh, North Carolina and surrounding areas. We provide strong and aggressive defense against a wide spectrum of cases including DWI, traffic violations, personal injury, Social Security, criminal law, family law and more. We even have the technical expertise to handle digital evidence. We are North Carolina trial lawyers who have been helping clients since 1998, and our deep background in local cases gives us a huge advantage that contributes to our high success rate. Our goal is to uphold your rights so your life can go back to the way it was before your case.

Raleigh DWI Attorney Comments on Power Outage to Hundreds of Fellow Citizens. Raleigh Family Attorney Notes that Divorce or Separation Doesn't Have to be Uncivil. Kathryn Dekker - 5/12/2017 If you’re planning to get divorced, you’re probably worried about how your decision will affect your children.

A perfect co-parenting situation doesn’t exist, but an experienced family law attorney can help you create mutually beneficial custody parameters. – kurtzandblum

Though you may not love your spouse anymore, you probably do not want your kids to think bad of them.

Raleigh Family Attorney Notes that Divorce or Separation Doesn't Have to be Uncivil

Still, organizing schedules, dividing up holidays and shuffling kids between alternating parental visits isn’t going to be easy. Raleigh Drug Attorney Questions the Outrageous Bond Given to a Low Level Drug Offender. Back to Blog Home Howard Kurtz - 5/5/2017 If you are facing a drug charge in the state of North Carolina, you are facing a real challenge from the criminal justice system with police officers, prosecutors and government officials often eager to put you behind bars to boost their own public image.

Raleigh Drug Attorney Questions the Outrageous Bond Given to a Low Level Drug Offender

They may even choose to use underhanded and manipulative tactics to do so. Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Discusses Fake Subpoenas. Howard Kurtz - 4/28/2017 If a witness refuses to talk to a district attorney, the law gives prosecutors a way to compel these witnesses to show up through the issuance of a subpoena.

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Discusses Fake Subpoenas

However, before the judge can issue a subpoena, the prosecutors must first present a convincing argument that the witness’s testimony is essential to the administration of justice. The takeaway here is that a subpoena can’t be issued to a witness without the judge’s approval. However, in New Orleans, the District Attorney’s Office reportedly maintained a practice of issuing ‘fake subpoenas’ to get witnesses to come forth. The story behind the fake subpoenas. Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says Wake County Tops List of Most New Year’s Eve DWI Arrests. Howard Kurtz - 4/13/2017 Two of the NC triangle counties may have had too much fun over the holidays, according to recent data.

Raleigh DWI Lawyer Says Wake County Tops List of Most New Year’s Eve DWI Arrests

New North Carolina Department of Transportation data shows it to be among the top five counties with the most DWI arrests during the yuletide season. Over the holidays, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” anti-DWI four-week campaign yielded 2,400 alcohol-related offenders, while another 264 were drug-related. Raleigh Drug Defense Attorney Shares Insights into Obama's Grant of Early Release to NC Man for Low-level Drug Possession Conviction.

Howard Kurtz - 3/30/2017 Just before Barack Obama officially ended his term as President, he signed the commutation or reduction of sentences for hundreds of convicts for non-violent drug offenses.

Raleigh Drug Defense Attorney Shares Insights into Obama's Grant of Early Release to NC Man for Low-level Drug Possession Conviction

This final act of his Presidency brings the total of reduced sentences to 1,385. For families and their loved ones, this act means finally being reunited with the those convicted for non-violent criminal offenses. Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney Shares Insights on an Inmate Seeking New Appeal. Howard Kurtz - 3/23/2017 Do you remember the book Fatal Vision?

New evidence doesn't automatically guarantee a new trial, a criminal defense attorney explains why. – kurtzandblum

Well, it was true crime novel by Joe McGinnis detailing the case of Captain Jeffrey R.

Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney Shares Insights on an Inmate Seeking New Appeal

MacDonald, a former Army surgeon, who was found guilty of killing his wife and two children and is now serving three life sentences in Cumberland, Maryland. CAN A RELATIVE GAIN CUSTODY OF A CHILD? Can a Relative Gain Custody of a Child?

Parents have a constitutional right to the legal and physical custody of their children. However, there are situations when custody of child should not be with their parents, but rather with a third party that has a substantial relationship with that child. – kurtzandblum

Parents have a constitutional right to the legal and physical custody of their children.

CAN A RELATIVE GAIN CUSTODY OF A CHILD?

However, there are situations when custody of child should not be with their parents, but rather with a third party that has a substantial relationship with that child. DWI for First-Time Offenders in North Carolina. If you are caught driving drunk, you may be charged with DWI (Driving While Impaired andthe repercussions can be quite severe.

DWI for First-Time Offenders in North Carolina

It is therefore advised that you seek the help of a competent DWI lawyer as soon as possible after you are charged.DWI in North Carolina According to North Carolina state laws, a person age 21 and older may be charged with DWI if they are stopped by an officer and are subsequently found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%.

The blood alcohol content limit for commercial drivers, however, is only 0.04% because of the inherent risk presented with driving commercial vehicles while intoxicated. On the other hand, if you’re a minor (under the age of 21) caught driving with any trace of alcohol in your system you can be arrested for Driving After Consuming alcohol, sometimes called a “Baby DWI”. Penalties. Child Abuse Laws and Penalties in North Carolina. Child abuse is generally defined as the physical, psychological, emotional or sexual abuse of a minor.

Child abuse is generally defined as the physical, psychological, emotional or sexual abuse of a minor. In the state of North Carolina, the scope of the law against child abuse is further broadened to include acts that are considered to be delinquent and involve moral turpitude. – kurtzandblum

In the state of North Carolina, the scope of the law against child abuse is further broadened to include acts that are considered to be delinquent and involve moral turpitude.

Child Abuse Laws and Penalties in North Carolina

Reporting Child Abuse Any suspicions that a child may be neglected or abused must immediately be reported to the local child protection agency. GETTING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURIES. Have you ever been injured in a car accident?

GETTING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURIES

If so, did you know the steps you can take to pursue compensation? A personal injury may not only affect you, but also your loved ones. Everyone tries to avoid tragedy, however, accidents do happen. What’s important is that, in the case you do suffer from injuries, you have taken all the precautions to ensure recovery. Taking Precautions When the accident occurs, remain at the scene, check other passengers, call the police, and seek medical treatment. Strategies a DUI Lawyer Might Use in Your Case. DUI lawyers are familiar with all the laws pertaining to DUIs, and you might not know everything that there is to know about DUI law, especially if this is your first DUI charge and you've never had to deal with the court system before.

Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your case, there are various strategies that a DUI lawyer might take when defending you in court. Blood Alcohol Content Level. Parental Rights During a Divorce. EXPLAINING THE MYSTERY OF LEGAL FEES. Most people don’t need a lawyer very often during their lives, but when they do, it’s usually a very important matter and money is almost always a concern. While most people expect legal advice to be expensive, when it’s time to discuss legal fees, many prospective clients don’t really know what questions to ask or understand the answers. Legal fees are often based many factors, including the ability and experience of the attorneys, the difficulty of the case and the costs involved. There are a number of different ways that legal fees might be determined. Initial Consultation Fee: The first consultation could be free or there may be a fee involved. Some are conducted in person, others can be done over the phone.

Flat Fees: Many firms advertise a flat fee for simple legal issues such as simple traffic or family law issues. Overturning a Prostitution Charge.

It is a crime to commit, promote, or compel prostitution in North Carolina. Under the state’s prostitution law, a person commits a prostitution crime if he/she intentionally offers or receives sexual service for a fee. Prostitution in the state is generally considered a misdemeanor for both prostitute and customer. However, pimping, pandering, and other acts that promote prostitution, are treated as felonies. – kurtzandblum

Notify Liable Parties Early Before Filing a Claim. FAQs About Car Accident Claims. Car accident claims are some of the most common types of personal injury claims.

Car accident claims are some of the most common types of personal injury claims. For a car accident claim to be valid, however, it must be proven that the claimant’s personal injury was a direct result of the accident. – kurtzandblum

For a car accident claim to be valid, however, it must be proven that the claimant’s personal injury was a direct result of the accident. Only then will he (or she) be entitled to compensation. With that in mind, here are some of the most frequently-asked questions about car accident claims. Settling a Personal Injury Case.

In the United States over 95 % of personal injury cases are settled without reaching the courts. People simply choose to settle rather than go through a lengthy trial. This doesn’t mean, however, that you will not face challenges when negotiating with the insurance company. – kurtzandblum

What to Do Right After a Car Accident. If you get into a car accident, what do you do? Who do you call? Do you check your injuries and property damage first? If you’re injured and once your injuries have been treated, who will you attempt to talk with first: the other driver, the police, insurance representatives, or a lawyer?

Don’t Drink and Drive. Weekends are a time for relaxing. For some people, that means overindulging in alcohol. STEPS IN FILING PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM. Injuries happen.

When someone has been harmed due to the negligence of another then compensation to the victim is the basis for a personal injury claim. However, the amount of compensation can vary greatly depending on the particular circumstances of the case. – kurtzandblum

What is Embezzlement? Theft is a serious criminal offense anywhere in the world.

Theft is a serious criminal offense anywhere in the world. Although a common driver for theft is extreme poverty, compounded by a great personal need, cases exist when people who are otherwise able to provide for themselves commit the crime anyway despite their favorable position. – kurtzandblum

Although a common driver for theft is extreme poverty, compounded by a great personal need, cases exist when people who are otherwise able to provide for themselves commit the crime anyway despite their favorable position. NC’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations. New Evidence, Old Evidence Rules. Digital evidence opens up a new, untapped chapter of forensic science.

Digital evidence opens up a new, untapped chapter of forensic science. These days, your Facebook post or Word file can and will be used in or against your favor in court. – kurtzandblum

These days, your Facebook post or Word file can and will be used in or against your favor in court. Yet digital evidence hardly changes the rules for acquiring evidence in general. Suppression of Evidence Explained.

The presentation of evidence is among the most crucial elements of any case being tried in court. In fact, even before the trial begins, evidence may be examined by both parties in order to evaluate its value and admissibility. – kurtzandblum

What you can expect at a DWI Checkpoint. WHAT HAPPENS AT CHECKPOINTS. The State of North Carolina enforces checkpoints to minimize unfortunate circumstances due to impaired driving. Police officers set up roadblocks on public roads and stop every vehicle that passes by. Usually, these law enforcement officials will ask the drivers to pull over and open their windows, and the former will then check if the driver appears to have been drinking or was drunk while driving.

HB 812: Where are the Whiskey Plates? House Bill 812, sponsored by James Boles, Jr. The Probable Cause Process. What If North Carolina Legalized Pot? North Carolina lawmakers passed a law that allowed the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat seizures. Field Sobriety Tests That Are Difficult to Dispute. Police conduct various field sobriety tests, but only three tests have been standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In an HGN test, the driver is asked to track a moving object, usually the police officer's finger or flashlight. An impaired driver would normally find it difficult to track the object because the nystagmus—involuntary eye movement—happens at lesser angles. – kurtzandblum

BIT BY A DOG: CAN YOU SUE THE OWNER? Of Lawyers and Attorneys: The ABA's Point of View. Posted by : Howard KurtzTuesday, April 1, 2014 The term "lawyer" and "attorney" are often used interchangeably that this practice has become widely accepted among English speakers.

While the general public treats both terms as synonymous, the American Bar Association (ABA) draws a fine line between the two. – kurtzandblum

If these words mean the same thing, then why aren't all lawyers called attorneys? FACTORS BEHIND A DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S FEES AND RATES. Why Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer is Important. State vs. Federal: Choosing a Defense Attorney. Think a Desk Job Is Injury-Proof? Think Again.