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Damon John Chetson

Damon Chetson’s Legal Guides

15 total


  • Top 10 Ways to Beat a DWI

    There is no magic key that will spring a person loose from a Driving While Impaired (DWI) conviction, but there are several important factors to remember when defending against DWI charges.

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  • Top 10 Drug Crime Myths

    Top 10 Drug Crime Myths Many people assume that, upon an arrest for a drug crime, they will be convicted, ruining their chances of keeping or finding a job, or even keeping their freedom. Parents often assume that a drug arrest will necessarily mean their child will never be able...

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  • Top 10 North Carolina DWI Myths

    When I meet with clients about a DWI, they typically come to the meeting with pre-conceived ideas about how a case might go. This is because they've either seen a television show about a DWI or have had friends who have had DUIs or drunk driving charges in other states or jurisdi...

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  • Federal Sentencing and Relevant Conduct

    When the United States Sentencing Guidelines were drafted, the idea was to create a fair system that was applied more or less uniformly across the country. Someone sentenced in one location should receive the same sentence as if he were sentenced in another federal district on th...

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  • An Overview of Criminal Liability

    Sometimes people are surprised that they may be implicated in a criminal act, even though they weren't necessarily involved in all aspects of the crime. Liability for crimes can extend to everyone involved in various aspects of the crime, and can extend through time to involve ai...

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  • North Carolina Drug Laws Explained

    If you've been arrested for a drug crime in North Carolina, it's possible for you to be charged under a number of different statutes: Misdemeanor Drug Laws Felony Drug Laws Felony Drug Trafficking Laws Federal Drug Laws and Federal Drug Trafficking Laws If you are accused of tr...

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  • Wake County Driving While Impaired (DWI) Case

    This short video explains that a Driving While Impaired or Drunk Driving Case in Raleigh (Wake County) North Carolina can take up to 8 or 9 months or longer to resolve in District Court, depending on the issues at stake.

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  • Coming to Court in Wake County, North Carolina

    This short video is for people who have never been to court before in Wake County, North Carolina (Raleigh), and are nervous about coming to court. I explain how to come to court, what to wear, where to go. You should always talk to your lawyer about how he or she wants you to co...

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  • Raleigh Criminal Lawyer: Don't Talk to Police

    A short video that explains why it is never wise to talk to police without an attorney present, and why it is almost never wise to talk to police without some sort of protection - a proffer agreement, a plea agreement - that protects the person's speech. Talking to police is a r...

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  • North Carolina's Structured Sentencing System

    North Carolina, like many states, has a structured sentencing approach to criminal convictions. This structured sentencing scheme makes it easy to figure out potential sentences, if someone knows the class of the crime and the prior record level of the defendant. However, some c...

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