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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Know Your Rights When You Are Stopped By The Police

It is a nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing experience when you are driving and are stopped by the police. Sometimes you may have an idea as to why the police are pulling you over. And, sometimes you may not know why you are being pulled. What are the police required to tell you as to the reason…
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What Crimes Can Lead to Classifying You as a Sex Offender?

Being classified as a sex offender can be devastating and can change your life permanently. If convicted, a sex offender usually serves time in jail or prison and must register routinely with his/her state’s Sex Offender Registry for a specified length of time. Before 1994, just a few U.S. states had laws that required sex…
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Have You Been Falsely Accused of a Crime?

When you have been falsely accused of a crime, there are certain things you should do in creating a strong defense from the very beginning. In a situation where you are being accused falsely, you can experience high levels of stress and worry. Having to defend yourself against something you know you didn’t do puts…
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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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