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DUI vs DWI: What’s the Difference in North Carolina?

The acronyms DUI and DWI are spoken of frequently, but what exactly are the distinctions between the two? You may be surprised to learn that each state has its own definition of each term. Some states use Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to refer to the crime of drunk driving, while others use Driving While…
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COVID-19 Legal Resources and Advice for North Carolina

In this unprecedented time of COVID-19, Coolidge Law Firm wants to keep clients and friends informed of our operations as well as any relevant information. We place the health, safety, and welfare of our employees and clients as our top priority. As we monitor direction from the CDC and consult with our state and local…
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Do I Have to Take a Breathalyzer Test if I’m Pulled Over?

There is a lot of bad advice out there when it comes to how to deal with law enforcement. Much of the advice you hear online and from friends and family are nothing short of urban legends. Many of these urban legends are about what to do if you are pulled over for suspicion of…
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Can an Intoxicated Person Give Consent?

The #MeToo movement has forced the American public to grapple with the topic of sexual assault and the more difficult question of consent. Whether or not a person agreed to engage in sexual intercourse is often the crux of rape cases. There are always uncertainties when it is one person’s word against another. When alcohol…
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North Carolina’s New Expunction Laws

It can be hard to move on with your life after a criminal conviction. Finding a job, getting into school, or finding housing, can all be negatively impacted by a criminal conviction on your record. However, ways exist to clear your record and the state of North Carolina has recently made it easier to do…
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Child Sex Charges Dropped with Help of Coolidge Law Firm

State of North Carolina v. Bobby M.  This case is everyone’s worst nightmare.  Our client was charged with multiple child sex offenses including felony taking indecent liberties with a child, sexual battery, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.   The deck was stacked against our client. Just the accusations alone were damaging. The alleged…
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Raleigh Cracks Down on Bird/Lime Scooters and What that Means for Users

Tech startups are all taking a page out of the Uber playbook to be the next big thing. Bird and Lime motorized scooters have invaded the city of Raleigh, practically overnight, and like Uber’s early days, the scooter companies decided they would stealth launch their service and deal with regulators after they were already entrenched….
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