Will My Mug Shot be in “The Slammer?”

October 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Criminal Law

If I get arrested will my mug shot be in “The Slammer?”

This is a question I hear a lot as a criminal defense attorney in Raleigh.  I heard it even more in my previous career as a Wake County Magistrate.  I always give the same answer…. “Maybe.”

Unfortunately this answer usually does not satisfy the person asking it.  But it is the right answer.  And it might not seem fair to the  person whose face will be plastered in stores around Raleigh.  “It’s not fair” I remember one arrestee telling me, “I am innocent of the charges I have been arrested for and now this embarrassing picture of me will be all over the place!”

Well, technically the image is public record and is available to the public through different law enforcement agencies.   The Slammer gets it mug shot from the City-County Bureau of Identification who processes all of the arrestees in Wake County.

For those of you who are not familiar with the “Slammer,” let me see if I can explain.  Basically it is a weekly publication filled with mug shots of people that have been arrested and little article on crime.  It is available in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina (Raleigh / Triangle Area and Mecklenburg Co.), Ohio, Kansas and Texas.  A new issue comes out every Friday and is sold in convince stores in the stated markets.

Around Raleigh you can find The Slammer at most gas stations and convince stores.  Many people have mixed feelings about The Slammer.  Some feel it is in bad taste and others think it is a great service to the community.  The magazine states that “The Slammer‘s mission is to help reduce crime, locate missing persons, bring fugitives to justice and provide information that assists authorities in making our communities safer.”

If you are arrested in Raleigh or the Triangle… there is a chance
you mug shot will be in “The Slammer.”

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.