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Cellphones can help document a serious accident

Serious accidents happen every day in North Carolina. Between three and four people die in motor vehicle crashes every day, and roughly 338 people are hurt every day, according to 2015 crash statistics. That means that you incur risk every time you decide to get into a car, whether you're driving or riding as a passenger.

When most people think about cellphones and car accidents, they think about distracted driving. Cellphones can contribute to serious accidents. However, they can also help you document the aftermath of an accident, which can help you after the crash.

Are deadly car crashes more likely to happen at night?

There are all sorts of dangers that can increase the chances of a motor vehicle accident proving deadly. For example, if a reckless driver reaches excessive speeds or is driving while severely impaired due to alcohol or drugs, the outcome may be devastating. If you are concerned about fatal accidents, there are other factors that you should think about, such as the time of day that you are on the road. If you have to drive at night on a regular basis, for work or any other reason, you should be vigilant and recognize the dangers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that fatal auto crashes involving people who were riding in passenger vehicles are three times more likely to take place at night than in the day. In fact, not only are drivers more likely to be operating vehicles while impaired due to alcohol consumption at night, but passengers are less likely to wear seatbelts. Other factors that can contribute to the outcome of a nighttime accident include poor visibility and drowsy driving due to sleep deprivation.

What are NC judges’ guidelines for misdemeanor punishments?

If you have committed a misdemeanor offense in North Carolina, the severity of your punishment depends on a number of different factors, including the discretion of the judge. However, no judge has the authority to set an unreasonable penalty. The North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission explains that lawmakers have set some parameters for sentencing policies in the state, known as structured sentencing.

Judges work from a misdemeanor punishment chart when determining what the penalties will be for your offense. It is divided by class of the offense and by the number of prior convictions. Classes range from A1, which is most severe, down to one, two, and then three, which is least severe. Conviction levels begin with no priors, then one to four priors, and finally five or more.

Marijuana possession is still a crime in North Carolina

Marijuana laws have changed in a growing number of states. North Carolina is one of the states that has taken steps to reduce penalties for possession. Don't let that fool you. Marijuana possession is still a serious crime in North Carolina. The more you have, the more likely you are to face serious consequences. For those with small amounts of marijuana, possession has been decriminalized, meaning the offender will face fines and a criminal record, but no jail time. That doesn't mean that there aren't penalties for marijuana possession, only that the penalties are lower in some cases.

You may not think that marijuana possession is a big deal, but your employer and landlord may not agree. Worse, even if your charges fall within the decriminalized amounts, you'll still have a criminal record. Those with drug offenses on their records are subject to scrutiny from employers and are no longer able to obtain federal student aid for college. While you may feel tempted to just plead guilty because you believe the offense is minor, doing so could prove to be a mistake that haunts you for the rest of your life. Mounting a defense against the charges is a better decision in most cases.

How widespread is drunk driving among teens?

When it comes to drunk driving, there are an array of factors that must be considered. For example, those facing DUI charges may have their lives upended in all sorts of ways, while others may not be sure if they are over the legal limit after consuming a seemingly small amount of alcohol. However, drunk driving among teens raises additional issues and it is vital to realize the prevalence of underage DUI.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2015 survey found that eight percent of high schoolers operated a vehicle after drinking alcohol in the previous 30 days. There are various factors that may lead to underage DUI, such as pressure from fellow high school students or not realizing that one is over the legal limit. Furthermore, one out of five high schoolers who were surveyed admitted that in the last 30 days, they had ridden in a vehicle which was being operated by a driver who consumed alcohol beforehand.

How many pedestrians pass away in traffic accidents?

You might choose to walk for any number of reasons. For example, you may decide to walk to work because your car is in the shop. Or, perhaps you walk your children to school or simply enjoy getting some exercise. Unfortunately, some people who do these same activities lose their lives after being struck by a North Carolina driver. To make things worse, many of these pedestrian accidents never should have happened and only took place because a driver was intoxicated or failed to pay attention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that pedestrian accidents claimed more than 5,300 lives during 2015. Moreover, pedestrians have a greater likelihood of losing their lives in traffic accidents than those who ride in passenger vehicles, according to statistics. On top of the loss of life, these accidents also leave a large number of pedestrians hurt. Throughout 2015, emergency rooms took care of nearly 129,000 pedestrians who sustained injuries in an accident.

What are additional consequences of drunk driving charges?

If you are charged with drunk driving, you may be worried about losing your driver’s license, being ordered to pay steep financial penalties and even being sentenced to prison. However, drunk driving charges could affect your life in other ways as well. At Baker Billick, our North Carolina law firm knows all too well how these charges can shatter the lives of people in Mecklenburg, and all across the state.

While time behind bars and fines can be devastating, you could lose your job because of these charges, which may be especially difficult due to the competitive job market. Worse yet, you could have difficulty finding work in your field years later, depending on your occupation. Even if you are able to keep your job, you may have a hard time getting to work if you lose your ability to drive, which could affect your performance. Unfortunately, drunk driving charges can create a snowball effect of stress, financial challenges and other problems.

Crashes involving teenage drivers

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, many factors can affect victims, such as the extent of the damage and the severity of injuries that were sustained in the crash. For younger drivers, traffic collisions can upend their lives in various ways. For example, they may lose the ability to play a sport that they are very talented at or they may have a harder time getting to class each day. For parents, as well as teens, understanding some of the risks and always focusing on prevention is key.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has drawn attention to some of the hazards that can result in a motor vehicle accident for teen drivers, especially the consumption of alcohol. Of the drivers who were between 15 and 20, 26 percent who passed away in a crash in 2014 had a blood alcohol content level of 0.01 or greater. Moreover, motorcycle accidents are also dangerous, claiming the lives of 225 people between the ages of 15 and 20 over the course of 2014.

Making divorce less challenging for children

Divorce can be difficult for people from all walks of life and in a variety of situations, whether they have a modest income or significant assets. However, splitting up with a spouse can be especially challenging for couples who have children. If you have found yourself in this position in Mecklenburg, North Carolina, you should try to take steps to make your divorce easier for your children. At Baker Billick, we understand the emotional toll divorce can take on a family.

There are various ways that you can lessen the potential impact your divorce may have on your kids. For example, you may want to try to talk with your children and inform them of the changes while reassuring them. Moreover, by preparing yourself for some of the hurdles that you may encounter, such as a custody dispute or disagreements over child support, you may be able to lessen some of the anxiety and even anger that can come with family law issues. By doing so, your children may have an easier time with the transition.

Domestic violence and child custody might intersect

Children sometimes witness domestic violence episodes between parents. In some cases, the children are involved. When accusations of domestic violence are made, criminal charges and impacts to a child custody case can occur.

It is imperative that parents who are accused of domestic violence and those who are the victims of this abuse understand what kind of impacts it can have on the children who are involved or witnesses. They should also understand how child custody issues might be affected.

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