Criminal Lawyer for North Carolina State University Students

October 31, 2011 by  
Filed under Criminal Law

Criminal Lawyer for North Carolina State University Students

It is sadly common for college age kids to be charged with criminal offense during their time at school.  The Gurney Law Firm offers criminal representation to students from all the universities in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina.  That includes students from NC State, Duke, UNC, Peace College, Meredith, Wake Tech, ECU and every university in between.

The most common charges students pick up are alcohol and drug related misdemeanors.  That includes DWI, underage drinking, simple possession of marijuana and the use of false or fake ID.  Also, alcohol / Bar related fights can bring charges of Assault, Simple Affray, and Injury to Personal Property.   Less often students will be charged with serious felony charges.  These are usually felony drug charges.

If you are a student and have been charged with a criminal offense I urge you to contact a criminal lawyer in Raleigh.  The Gurney Law Firm handles all types of Misdemeanor and Felonies in Raleigh, Wake County and the Triangle.   We also help in getting your NC criminal record expunged.  This is very important for young people and students because a criminal record may negatively affect your future employment and graduate school.

Speeding Ticket Quotas in North Carolina… G.S. 20-187.3?

October 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Traffic Law

Speeding Ticket Quotas in North Carolina… G.S. 20-187.3?

 

After receiving a speeding ticket in Raleigh, a woman wondered to herself, “Why didn’t the officer just cut her a break and give her a warning?  Why did the officer feel he needed to give her a speeding ticket?  Do police officers in Wake County have a certain quota of tickets they have to give out each month? ”

A recent posting on the UNC School of government took a look at the legality of quotas of this kind and concluded that “the use of quotas for officers doesn’t seem to be widespread.”  Also, a poll conducted by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) showed that police seem not to use speeding ticket quotas.

In some states they have specific statutes that outlaw the use of traffic ticket quotas and other quotas for criminal charges.  North Carolina does not have a general anti-quota statute.  However, there is a North Carolina General Statute that does specifically prohibit the North Carolina State Highway Patrol
for using speeding ticket quotas.  It can be found at G.S. 20-187.3 and it provides that “[t]he Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety shall not make or permit to be made any order, rule, or regulation requiring the issuance of any minimum number of traffic citations, or ticket quotas, by any member or members of the State Highway Patrol. Pay and promotions of members of the Highway Patrol shall be based on their overall job performance and not on the basis of the volume of citations issued or arrests made.”

After talking to police offers in Raleigh and Wake County I feel that the general use of quotas are not being used.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a Wake County Speeding ticket or a Raleigh traffic ticket I urge you to call The Gurney Law Firm at (919) 930-4027.  Mr. Gurney is a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer.  The Gurney Law Firm serves all of Wake County including Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Zebulon, Holly Springs, Garner, Morrisville, Wendell, Knightdale and Fuquay-Varina.

Death Penalty Losing Support?

October 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Criminal Law

Death Penalty Losing Support?

A new Gallup Poll shows that support for using the death penalty in cases of murder is down to 61%.  That is a 3% drop in support from last year.  The poll shows this is the lowest level of support since 1972, the year the Supreme Court voided all existing state death penalty laws in Furman v. Georgia.

Support rose to its highest levels from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s,  including the all-time high of 80% who favored the death penalty in 1994.  But since that high there has been a marked decline of 19% over the past 17 years, and a 3-point drop from last year’s measure.

Gallup reports “The Oct. 6-9 poll was conducted shortly after the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, which generated widespread protests and extensive news coverage. This could help explain the slight drop in support for the death penalty this year. However, there have been high-profile executions in the news in previous years without concomitant drops in death penalty support, making it less clear that such events have a direct impact on attitudes.”

The poll also shows that people in the South and Mid-West support the death penalty more than in the rest of the country.

If you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina I urge you to contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Eric Gurney at (919) 930-4027.

Traffic Attorney in Raleigh

October 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Traffic Law

Traffic Attorney in Raleigh

If you got a traffic ticket or DWI in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, and Cary or anywhere in Wake County you should contact The Gurney Law Firm at (919) 930-4027.  Traffic offenses are the most common charge given by police… But they have serious consequences if they are not handled properly.

A simple wake county speeding ticket can seriously raise your car insurance rate.  A DWI is even worse.  It is important to work with a traffic attorney in Raleigh.  Being found guilty on a traffic offense can cause your insurance to go up between 25% and 400%.

If you have been charged with a traffic offense in WakeCounty I urge you to contact The Gurney Law Firm at (919) 930-4027.  Mr. Gurney is a traffic attorney in Raleigh and is available to talk to you about your case.

Fight Your Speeding Ticket

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Traffic Law

Pretty much everyone I know has received a speeding ticket at some point in their life. Speeding tickets in Wake County are very common and happen to people in all walks f life.  But what do you do if you get one? A simple speeding ticket can end up costing you a lot if it’s not handled correctly.Your first step should be to consult an attorney who handles traffic law.  Here at The Gurney Law Firm we handle Wake County traffic tickets with due diligence and understanding.  It is important to understand the impact traffic tickets can have on your license and your insurance.

Contact The Gurney Law Firm if you have received a speeding ticket or DWI in Wake County and let us help.  The Gurney Law Firm serves all of Wake County including Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Zebulon, Holly Springs, Garner, Morrisville, Wendell, Knightdale and Fuquay-Varina.

The Gurney Law Firm has experience with Traffic Violations, Speeding Tickets and Moving Violations. Let us fight and negotiate for you to minimize your exposure to license and insurance points. In many traffic cases we can represent you in court without you having to appear.

  • Speeding Tickets
  • Careless and Reckless Driving
  • DWI / DUI
  • Failure to Change Address
  • Expired or No Registration
  • DMV Hearings
  • Limited Driving Privilege
  • Driving While License Revoked
  • No Operator’s License
  • Failure to Wear a Seatbelt
  • Speeding
  • Speeding in a Work Zone
  • Speeding in a School Zone
  • Fail to Avoid Accident
  • Prayer for Judgment
  • All Other Traffic Charges

It is worth your time and money to contact an attorney.  Let us know if you we can help (919) 930-4027.

DWI Check Points in Raleigh and Wake County

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Traffic Law

DWI Check Points in Raleigh and Wake County

The headlines this past summer touted that one recent DWI check point in Raleigh netted 81 arrests and 10 DWI charges.  This was considered a successful check point for the Wake County Traffic Safety Task Force who runs the check points in Wake County.

The team of law enforcement officers who run these check points in Wake County are called the Wake County Traffic Safety Task Force.  They are comprised of the Wake County sheriff’s office and other police forces located in the county.  This includes police officers from Raleigh, Wake Forest, Cary, Garner and Apex among others. The task force conducts these recurrent, unannounced traffic checkpoints in hopes of catching suspected drunken drivers, drivers with suspended or revoked licenses and other traffic offenders.  The task force also serves outstanding warrants and will transport the arrested individuals to the Wake County Jail which is located at 330 S. Salisbury St. Raleigh, NC.

The Task force was launched in April of 2009 and has been successful.  The task force runs numerous check points around the county and has arrested hundreds of drivers for DWI,, other traffic offenses, drug charges and other criminal offenses.

Eric Gurney is a former Wake County Criminal Magistrate who has served as the Magistrate on DWI check point projects.  He has firsthand  experience on how these check points are set up, conducted and maintained.  Mr. Gurney knows “seeing how the system works from the inside is always beneficial when trying to truly understand the complexities of an operation like this.”

If you have been charged with a DWI or any other criminal offense contact Mr. Gurney at (919) 930-4027 for dedicated legal defense.  The Gurney Law Firm serves all of Wake County including Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Cary, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Zebulon, Holly Springs, Garner, Morrisville, Wendell, Knightdale and Fuquay-Varina.  Talk to an attorney 24 Hrs a day at (919) 930-4027.