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F. "Bill" William Powers

F. Powers’s Legal Guides

503 total


  • DWI/DUI in North Carolina

    Be Nice Police officers have a job to do and in many instances can do their job without making things personal. Well trained law enforcement personnel avoid rude behavior and snide comments, which n

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  • Probable Cause in North Carolina - DWI / DUI ARREST

    What is Probable Cause? Probable cause for an arrest has been defined to be a reasonable ground of suspicion supported by circumstances sufficiently strong in themselves to warrant a cautious man in

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  • DWI / DUI Checkpoints

    Checkpoints - Are There Differences? Checkpoints to some extent run contrary to the overall precept within the Constitutions of the United States and North Carolina of the "Freedom to Be Left Alone."

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  • Destruction of Video Evidence

    The Case: North Carolina v. Absher (N.C. App. 2010) Comprehensive review of a case coming from Wilkes County North Carolina, where the State of North Carolina through the Wilkes County Office of th

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  • DWI - OUt of State Defendants

    Basic explanation of process behind DWI and people charged with offenses whom reside out-of-state

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  • High Profile DWI Death - Sentencing & Media

    DWI sentencing in North Carolina is complicated. For Level 1 through Level 5 DWI's, it is handled separate and apart from structured sentencing for general felonies & misdemeanors. Sentencing for Habitual Impaired Driving and Second Degree Murder are captured in the Structured ...

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  • Police Officer Training - Sobriety Tests

    Improving Testing Bill Powers recently had a rather unique experience: He was invited to teach approximately 20 sworn law enforcement officers on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing or SFST's. Spon

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  • Zahra Baker Legal Analysis - Remains Located

    Bill Powers shares his opinions on the explosive case involving Zahra Baker with Channel 3 news. Legal Analyst. Serious felony, murder and circumstantial evidence.

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  • DWI Conviction Overturned, Improper / Unreliable Scientific Testimony, Retrograde Extrapolation

    Bill Powers comments on the North Carolina Court of Appeals opinion on "expert" testimony regarding DWI Retrograde Extrapolation, finding the evidence to be unscientific, unreliable and impermissible in Court. "Odor" of alcohol not enough to extrapolate a value, where the State ...

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  • Charlotte Homicide Prosecutor Terminated

    North Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer, Bill Powers, comments on long-time prosecutor Marsha Goodenow. ADA Goodenow respected leader in legal community with substantial experience in serious felonies / murders.

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