Author Archives: William D. Young IV
Are you a Responsible Individual?
Let’s hope not. At least, not for the purposes of the North Carolina Responsible Individuals List (RIL). The RIL is a list maintained by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services of people who are the parent, guardian or custodian of a child who has been abused or seriously neglected (NCGS 7B-101(18a)). It […]
What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?
Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into […]
If I Urinate in Public, Will I Need to Register as a Sex Offender?
Urinating in Public in North Carolina Some years ago, an urban legend started circulating among college campus’ that if you were caught peeing in public, you could be forced to register as a sex offender. Thankfully for those of you who refuse to wait in the porta potty line, this is not true. At least, not […]
Can DWI Charges in Raleigh NC Affect my Driving Privileges before I am Convicted?
Certainly, individuals convicted on charges of driving while impaired (DWI) can face a significant loss of driving privileges. However, even people who have not yet had their day in court, in Raleigh or elsewhere in North Carolina, can face the prospect of a suspended license. Individuals can lose their driving privileges simply by refusing to […]
Can Individuals Convicted for Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana in North Carolina go to Prison?
Imprisonment for marijuana possession in North Carolina is possible, depending on the exact type of substance and the quantity involved. However, with an experienced Raleigh drug crimes defense lawyer representing them throughout the criminal process, most offenders are likely to stay out of prison. Possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana represents a Class […]
What Type of Sentence Can a Convicted Drug Offender Expect in North Carolina?
North Carolina law has a complex sentencing system for the conviction of both felony and misdemeanor crimes. Thus, it is not generally possible to accurately predict the classification of the charges or the penalties without knowing specifics about the type of crime, the specific drug and the quantity involved and the criminal history of the […]
Can an Alleged North Carolina Domestic Violence Victim Take Back False Charges?
All too often, someone charges domestic violence in retaliation for a painful break-up. Or a divorcing spouse files charges in an attempt to strengthen his or her custody case. However, once police hear the accusation, the alleged victim cannot stop the criminal process simply by taking back the original charges. Individuals arrested because of false […]
Are North Carolina Laws Changing to Provide Grandparents’ Visitation Rights after Divorce?
Divorce should not sever the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren. However, heated custody battles can cause this relationship to suffer. While the courts can currently intervene in certain situations, new legislation pertaining to grandparents’ rights in North Carolina was introduced in March 2011. If passed, it will provide greater rights to grandparents in the […]
I Have a Very Small Apartment Building in Raleigh. Do I Need a Lawyer?
In a perfect world, all tenants pay their rent in full and on time, while respecting their apartments in the same way they would their own homes. However, in the real world, virtually any type of dispute with your tenants can lead to litigation governed by a host of North Carolina landlord tenant laws. You […]
How do I Choose Between a Contested and an Uncontested North Carolina Divorce?
In general, an uncontested divorce affords both parties greater control over the terms of their settlement, is less expensive and involves less stress than a contentious courtroom divorce. However, some divorces virtually require judicial intervention. An experienced Raleigh divorce attorney can help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each type of divorce, based on […]