Difference Between Expungement and Dismissal

Terms used in the legal environment can sometimes be confusing. Two that are commonly mistaken and sources of confusion are “expungement” and “dismissal.” These are different actions. What is the difference between expungement and dismissal? Coolidge Law Firm has experience in the criminal court arena and knows how to advise you on your eligibility for…
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Criminal Fraud Vs. Civil Fraud: What’s the Difference?

Criminal fraud and civil fraud are distinguished primarily by who is seeking legal action in the case. Coolidge Law Firm is experienced in representing clients who have been accused of fraud, both criminal and civil. In this article, our criminal defense attorneys define both criminal fraud and civil fraud, point out the differences between the…
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Court-Appointed Attorney vs. Lawyer of My Choice

If you are facing criminal charges and need an attorney, you may be wondering whether you should take a court-appointed attorney or hire a private one. This is just one of the many decisions you will need to make, albeit a very important one. Other considerations you’ll have are whether you should plead guilty or…
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Statute of Limitations in North Carolina for Criminal Offenses

A statute of limitations sets a time limit for prosecutors to file criminal charges in a case. The statute of limitations in NC is different for a misdemeanor than for a felony. If a prosecutor brings charges against someone after the applicable time period has expired, the person charged can have the case dismissed. The…
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Why Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney for Child Abuse Charges

Child abuse is punishable as a crime. When you are facing allegations of child abuse, or if you think that child abuse may be occuring, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney. Unfortunately, child abuse allegations often occur in family law cases. Even a simple accusation of child abuse can potentially destroy a person’s…
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What Are the Punishments for Buying Alcohol and Selling Alcohol to Minors?

Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) special agents are intensely focused on stopping the illegal possession of alcohol for youth under the legal age of 21. Minors who drink alcohol can have serious emotional and physical problems as a result of alcohol intake. Given that the Raleigh/Durham area is home to several colleges and universities, there are…
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What is a Grifter?

Especially in this age of technology, when so many cons are accomplished via the internet, we must be hyper-vigilant about the detection of grifting. If you have been swindled, scammed, or conned, you know what “grifting” is. Even though it’s a term that may not be used often, or isn’t familiar to you, a grifter…
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9 Best Ways to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft is real and on the rise, but there are things you can do to protect yourself against your identity being compromised and stolen. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal data to pretend to be you primarily for financial gain. Information like your name, Social Security number, and birthdate are the kinds…
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Burglary vs. Robbery: What’s the Difference?

The crimes of burglary and robbery have some commonalities, but there are also major differences between the two. In North Carolina, the definition of the crimes are very specific. If you’ve been arrested for committing a burglary and robbery in North Carolina, you should be aware of the differences in the legal definitions of these…
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