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Raleigh mom faces court over crash that killed son

Posted on December 16th, 2014 No Comments

Forty-nine-year-old Raleigh resident Laura Smith, who was accused of drunk driving in the single-vehicular accident that claimed the life of her son, appeared in court on November 20 after being released from the hospital where she was receiving treatment, WTVD reported.

According to Raleigh police, Smith was driving over the speed limit and under the influence of alcohol when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a tree on Creedmoor Road, killing her 12-year-old son Anthony. Smith is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, felony death by motor vehicle, and exceeding a safe speed. Her bond was set at $150,000.

Smith was hospitalized from the October wreck to November 19. Her attorney pleaded that more than anything, Smith needs medical treatment.

The effects of a drunk driving accident in Raleigh can be severe, affecting your life for years to come. You do not have to face the intimidating legal process alone, however, as a Raleigh DWI defense attorney may advocate for your rights and interests. Call the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today to learn more about your options.

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Bus driver in Wake County charged with DWI

Posted on December 1st, 2014 No Comments

Sixty-three-year-old Garner, North Carolina resident Donnie Lee Ballentine, a bus driver for the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, was suspended from his post after being charged with driving while intoxicated on his day off, an Associated Press article reported on November 18.

According to local media stations, Ballentine was apprehended by the police on the Saturday afternoon of November 15.

Ballentine confessed that he struck an oncoming vehicle while he was turning into a driveway. Instead of checking the condition of the other driver, Ballentine parked his car and entered his home, local officials reported. A breathalyzer test placed his BAC at .16.

If you have failed a Breathalyzer test or have been charged with driving while impaired in Raleigh, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced DWI attorney who can work to protect your rights and reputation. Call the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today to learn more.

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UNC running back Romar Morris suspended for DWI

Posted on November 18th, 2014 No Comments

Twenty-two-year-old UNC running back Romar Morris was suspended for one game after getting arrested and being charged with driving while impaired on November 2, the News Observer reported.

A police officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department took Morris into custody at around 4:12 a.m. near his home address of 110 Misty Woods Circle. He had been driving a 2001 Honda Accord at the time. According to Morris’s arrest report, he was released to an unnamed sober person on the condition that he will appear in court.

His coach, Larry Fedora, said all football players on the Tarheels team are held accountable for their actions.

When you are facing charges of this nature, it is imperative to quickly enlist the help of an experienced lawyer. Jim Black, an attorney in Raleigh who handles driving while impaired cases, is capable of creating a strong defense for his clients who are charged with this offense. To protect your reputation and your future, call his offices today at 919-600-4609.

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Maryland police officer charged with DWI at Raleigh-Durham airport

Posted on October 17th, 2014 No Comments

Police officers with the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina charged 41-year-old Bowie, Maryland police officer Arvester Horner, Jr., with driving while impaired and having an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle, the News Observer reported on October 13.

The airport police found Horner sleeping behind the wheel of his 2003 Nissan in the middle of the airport road at around 4 a.m. The car was parked but running, and there were opened cans of alcohol in the passenger area. The vehicle was found parked at the exit road on John Brantley Boulevard between Terminal 2 and the parking garage and the area where rental car companies are located at the southern end of the airport.

When you have Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black at your side, you can rest assured that you will go into court with a prepared and experienced legal representative. If you have been charged with DWI in Raleigh, call our offices today at 919-600-4609.

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Multitude of DWI cases in NC erroneously dismissed

Posted on October 7th, 2014 No Comments

A jarring number of DWI cases have been dismissed over the years in several North Carolina counties for insufficient reasons, local news program WNCN reported on September 29.

Although the state average for DWI dismissals is 21%, in Vance, Granville, Lee and Harnett counties, this rate reaches as high as 50% of all DWI cases. North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts director Judge John Smith said this situation is a red flag that warrants investigative action.

Vernon Stewart, the district attorney for the Lee and Harnett counties, said in an emailed statement that the dismissal rates are indeed too high and that his team will work to lower these numbers. Stewart stated that staffing issues and overworked police contribute to high dismissal rates; when a police officer cannot make a trial, the case may be dismissed. Similarly, the court does not have the manpower to try all of the DWI cases that come through.

An experienced DWI defense attorney makes your chances of a dismissal or reduction of your charges even greater. Jim Black, a driving while impaired lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina, can competently and effectively represent clients who have been charged with this offense. Call the Law Office of Jim Black today at 919-600-4609 to set up an appointment.

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Drunk driving accident kills pedestrian

Posted on September 26th, 2014 No Comments

Twenty-four-year-old Edwin Arturo Ramos was driving a 2005 Honda Accord on the Saturday night of September 20 along Capital Boulevard when he struck and killed pedestrian Clarence Edward Hayes, WRAL reported.

Ramos is currently facing driving while impaired charges. According to preliminary investigations, Hayes was walking in a designated pedestrian crosswalk near Brentwood Road at around 10 p.m. that night when Ramos’ vehicle crashed into him. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Ramos was not harmed in the incident. His arrest warrant showed that his blood alcohol content was at .08 when the accident occurred. He previously faced similar charges in 2010.

The legal team at the Law Office of Jim Black understands how devastating the consequences of a DWI charge can be, and we are dedicated to defending the rights and interests of clients who have been thus charged. To learn about your legal options and how we can help, call our Raleigh offices today at 919-600-4609.

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Father intoxicated in fatal drunk driving accident

Posted on September 17th, 2014 No Comments

North Carolina resident 45-year-old Richard Altman has been charged with a DWI for driving under the influence in a fatal single-vehicle accident in which one of his sons was killed, WAVY reported on September 2. According to police authorities, other charges are pending.

Altman was allegedly speeding when his truck flipped over, causing him and one of his sons to be ejected from the vehicle. All three were brought to the hospital. The accident occurred along Route 218, 11 miles north of Edenton in Chowan County.

To ensure that all of the facts are accurately represented in court, it is vital to enlist the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Many cases associated with social stigmas may feel already decided upon before the trial has begun, and the professionals at the Law Office of Jim Black know that this is unjust. If you have been charged with a DWI or a related crime in Raleigh, our legal team may protect your rights throughout the legal process. Call our offices at 919-600-4609 today to begin building your defense.

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Gordon awaits punishment from Raleigh courts and NFL

Posted on September 12th, 2014 No Comments

The trial for Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon’s driving while impaired case in Raleigh, North Carolina will be postponed until November 18, WTVD reported on August 26.

Raleigh police arrested Gordon for intoxicated driving in July. According to police reports, an officer asked Gordon to pull over after seeing Gordon drive 50 miles per hour in a 35 mph driving zone on Glenwood Avenue. He drove a vehicle licensed under Charlotte Hornets player and former University of Carolina at Chapel Hill standout P.J. Hairston

Gordon is awaiting sentencing for the DWI charge and punishment from the NFL because he violated the organization’s substance abuse rules. Browns Coach Mike Pettine said in an interview that the team is preparing to manage without Gordon for the least part of the season.

In North Carolina, a driving while impaired charge can greatly affect your personal and professional life. Consult with our attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black today regarding your DWI charge by calling our Raleigh offices at 919-600-4609.

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University police chief faces DWI charges

Posted on August 16th, 2014 No Comments

The former police chief in Greensboro and the current police chief at North Carolina Central University in Durham, Tim Bellamy, was charged with a DWI on August 2, Fox8 WGHP reported.

According to North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers, one of their men stopped Bellamy as he was traveling along Interstate 40 at around 12:40 a.m. Upon speaking with him, the trooper identified smell of alcohol on Bellamy’s breath and took note of his glassy eyes. Allegedly, Bellamy did not do well on his field sobriety test. When breathalyzed, Bellamy blew a .09 percent BAC, just over the state’s legal limit of .08 percent.

Being charged of a DWI in North Carolina is no small crime. It may result in serious fees and in some cases, jail time. Our legal team at the Law Office of Jim Black specializes in defending DWI cases like this. To consult your case with our attorneys confidentially, call us today at 919-600-4609.

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Aggravated DWI for highly intoxicated NC driver

Posted on August 8th, 2014 No Comments

Fifty-two-year-old Shelby, North Carolina resident Ronald Ellis was charged by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office with one count of aggravated DWI after policemen arrested him on Interstate 81 in Watertown, the Watertown Daily Times reported on July 25.

Police investigators said Shelby was driving at 35 mph as he entered the highway near exit 45. They pulled him over and he was breathalyzed at .25 percent BAC. Because his BAC was higher than .18 percent, his charge was elevated to an aggravated DWI. The legal limit for alcohol is .08 percent.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black are experienced in representing those who have been charged with alcohol-related defenses like this one. Our legal team understands how charges like this are typically prosecuted, and therefore, we know how best to defend against them. To discuss the details of your case and learn about your options for defense, call our Raleigh offices today at (919) 600-4609.

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