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Dennis H. Sullivan

Dennis Sullivan’s Answers

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  • If you are arrested for shoplifting in the state of North Carolina what are the charges for 1st time offenders?

    It is first time. It was makeup total approx. $50.00 from Wal-Mart. Can this be expunged from your record? Bond was $1000 bail was $150.

    Dennis’s Answer

    You should hire an attorney to try and get you a deferred prosecution agreement. If you successfully complete a probationary period, then the charge will be dismissed and can be expunged.

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  • Does NC have mandatory sentencing for a conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute?

    A friend's son was recently convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

    Dennis’s Answer

    There is no mandatory minimum. It is a Class I (the lowest level felony). With no prior criminal history, it is not even possible to serve jail time.

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  • The probable cause for pulling my friend over was that her insurance had overlapped, is that possible?

    there was no other reason stated

    Dennis’s Answer

    You must mean that it had lapsed. Yes, if it had lapsed, then an officer can run the tags and pull you over.

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  • How much time do you get for SECOND DEGREE KIDNAPPING w/o sex charges? Please keep in mind the charge is in Greenville NC

    This person has 4 count of it. If you cant tell me please give me a link to someone who can.

    Dennis’s Answer

    It would depend upon the defendant's prior record. It is a class E felony, with punishments ranging from a minimum of 15 months up to 88 months. Intensive probation is possible for a person with little or no criminal history.

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  • Passing through red lights

    ticket says entering intersection while stop light emitting steady red light. seems like the light was yellow and had turned red as I passed the limit line. was a little after 5 am at the intersection of new walkertown rd, and martin luther king d...

    Dennis’s Answer

    In order to violate the red light statute, you have to enter the INTERSECTION while the light is emitting a steady red signal. The intersection is defined as the area encompassed by the elongation of the lateral curb lines. The stop bar, or limit line as you called it, does not necessarily define the intersection. You should hire an attorney to help you if you intend to make this argument.

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  • Deferred prosecution in north carolina.

    If I have a previous record from a teenager and it was expunged, If I am arrested again and convicted of something eles and I make a plea deal am I eligible for the deferred prosecution program?

    Dennis’s Answer

    Assuming the new crime qualifies and that you were not previously placed on probation, you should be eligible for a deferred prosecution. You may not be eligible for an expungement this time, though. Read the certifications you make by signing the agreement at this link.

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  • Is improper equipment a preferred reduced charge vs requesting a PJC? Caught on radar @ 70 in a 55 zone. Clean record > 3 yr

    21 yo driver, ticket by NC SHP trooper. Should we speak with the clerk of court &/or ADA/DDA via phone or in person before the court date?

    Dennis’s Answer

    Mr. Percise is absolutely correct. Improper equipment should be the first option, followed by 9-over.
    There are many courts that will chastise a parent that shows up in place of a son or daughter. I would highly recommend hiring an attorney if the driver is unavailable. It is usually not a good idea to try to call before the court date. There are simply too many cases in the system for the ADA's to deal with them in that manner.

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  • Probation as judgement

    Can you get probation for a class F felony ?

    Dennis’s Answer

    It would depend on a person's prior criminal history. It is possible if there are not many priors, but in intermediate punishment would be required as well. (split sentence or intensive probation).

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  • We live in N.C. my son has a prior under 21 dui in N.C. now he has a dui in SC .how will that affect his N.C. license?

    also he has prescription drugs on him but does not have a prescription for he is now 23

    Dennis’s Answer

    If he is convicted of the SC DWI, then his NC license will be suspended, probably for one year. He should be eligible for a limited driving privilege issued by a NC court.

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