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F. "Bill" William Powers

F. Powers’s Answers

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  • Naturalization with a criminal charge, not conviction?

    I got charged with a theft misdemeanor a couple months back. I haven't been "convicted" of it, however I wonder if its still going to bar me from getting naturalized? Do I have to answer "yes" to the question "have you been convited..." if it come...

    F.’s Answer

    Probably best to speak with an immigration attorney. Steve Garfinkle in Charlotte is excellent. Please say hello if you call.

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  • I was rear ended today, and am noticing pain in neck and wrist. Will my insurance company fight for me?

    I was driving today on a 4 lane highway. I saw a black truck driving against traffic directly at me. I could not swerve out of the lane, so I slowed down and came to a stop. Luckily, the truck did not hit me. I did get rear ended, though. I w...

    F.’s Answer

    1. Get healthy. That's the most important thing. Do what it takes medically.
    2. As important it may be to secure competent legal counsel, #1 is focusing on getting over the physical harm issues.

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  • What possible outcome

    Misdemeanor worthless check amount of $475 first time got one prior misdemeanor from 2009 simple assault on record that's it

    F.’s Answer

    Wouldn't necessarily assume conviction. Some jurisdictions have a "check mediation" program. Others may allow dismissal upon payment of the funds.

    Talk to an attorney.

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  • What happens when a second DUI offense happens in a different state after 6 years?

    I'm a resident of NC and got a DUI in early 2008. Recently, I was pulled and arrested in Georgia with a .1. Will this be considered a first offense or second offense? Also, will I be eligible for a work permit to drive?

    F.’s Answer

    It's a grossly aggravating factor and subjects the accused to an active jail term, if convicted.

    Retain legal counsel immediately.

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  • Would a PFJ or Drug Class clean my record after getting my first charge?

    I was charged with Paraphernalia. I'm 17, never had any charge. I live in Rowan County, NC.

    F.’s Answer

    There may be deferral options; but, an PJC may not be the most appropriate option. Talk to an attorney ASAP.

    Darrin Jordan in Salisbury is excellent. Please say hello if you call.

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  • Dwi

    I,ve had a dwi pending since 2/15/13. Im going again on 8/18. It will be my 8th appearance. Surely this is grounds for a dismissal. I took no field tests, no breath analysis. The states case hinges on the blood work. But in the mean time I cant ac...

    F.’s Answer

    That's not that old in NC. Blood is taking a LONG time to be tested.

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  • If I got caught doing 84 in a 60 miles per hour zone, what can I expect in court?

    The officer was in front of me about 25 yards when I notice him. When I pasted him I was doing 63 miles per hour.

    F.’s Answer

    If the Charles's speed with 80+ mph, without more it would result in license suspension.

    Retain an attorney

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  • Can I sue the city over multiple inconsistancies in an accident report?

    We were involved in a 5 car accident. The report has us partially at fault. There were numerous factual inacciaracies in the report. The city of Durham, NC basically does not care and is incompetant. I can prove a lot of the information in the r...

    F.’s Answer

    Given the level of complexity within the inquiry, one would have to assume an attorney is already involved in the process. As such, s/he would be the best person to ask.

    Having said that, filing suit over something like that would be problematic at best. Call it sovereign immunity, public duty doctrine or the like, it seems to be a bit of a stretch.

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  • Will I be given probation? or allowed to use a prayer for judgment, if so would it be completely dismissed?

    My fiance was driving my car, even though his license had been revoked due to a previous DUI charge. He also had been drinking a little the night we were pulled. My car was impounded. They had arrested him and wrote me a ticket for Aiding and Abet...

    F.’s Answer

    Retain legal counsel immediately. Aid and abet DWI is a very serious criminal charge.

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