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Raleigh Concert Criminal Charges: The Parking Lot
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Concerts are a big part of the entertainment scene in Wake County, North Carolina and bring large groups of people together. However, when all these people show up in one place, the police are often in the area and misdemeanor charges are often filed. There is a variety of charges that one could reasonably acquire while attending a show. The first part of any concert is figuring out the parking situation for the night, and there is no shortage of things that can go wrong in the lot.  Many police or officers from the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and other police agencies patrol the parking lots looking for violations. These Wake County Criminal Misdemeanor charges can include:

·    Underage Drinking

· Open Container

·    Marijuana Possession

·    Driving While Intoxicated

·    Drunk and Disorderly Conduct

Citations Issued at Concerts in the Raleigh Area
A report from NJ.com (New Jersey) showed that the highest number of citations at concerts were for

1. Disorderly conduct

2. Underage alcohol consumption.  

Some of these activities are well within the range of normal activity for teenagers. There are also lower standards of privacy while standing in a public place, and even just the smell of marijuana could prompt an officer to search your vehicle. Please be wary when attending a show, as law enforcement agents will be on the lookout for these crimes.  The good news for Wake County is that there are often good options for a dismissal of charges for first offenders but it’s important to contact Raleigh Concert Lawyer right away if you are charged with a crime at a concert venue in Wake County.

Top Concert Venues in Wake County

  • Lincoln Theater

  • The Ritz

  • Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary

  • PNC Arena

  • Red Hat Amphitheater

  • Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Expungement of North Carolina Criminal Charges

If you are charged with a criminal misdemeanor or felony in North Carolina the charge will remain on your record unless you have it removed through the legal expungement process.  Even dismissed cases will follow you around forever unless you have the charges removed through the expungement process. Our North Carolina Expungement Lawyers will walk you through the process to have charges removed from your record (assuming eligibility) when we handle your case.  

Charged with a Wake County Misdemeanor in a Concert Venue Parking Lot?

If you are someone you know is charged with a concert related misdemeanor, please contact the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for free consultation. If your charged with anything from a DWI to a marijuana possession charge in the Raleigh-Durham area, don’t hesitate to call us for help. Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle misdemeanor and low level felony charges issued by the police at concert venues in Wake County.

Drug Possession Lawyer in Apex NC
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Drug Possession Lawyer in Apex North Carolina

Not every criminal defense attorney is an experienced drug defense lawyer. If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense lawyer, we are here to help with legal representation. It doesn't matter if it’s a felony or misdemeanor. Drug possession charges in North Carolina are serious charges and require careful consideration. The goal for most clients is a dismissal and then an expungement to clear your reputation.

Possession of drugs like cocaine, marijuana, and even prescription medications such as OxyContin, oxycodone, or opioids could result in active prison terms. For many first offenders it’s possible to avoid jail time or in some cases to avoid a conviction by completing a first offenders program.

That's why it makes sense to call a law office and defense lawyers in Apex NC who have courtroom experience. There is just too much at stake not to carefully consider your legal options when asking, "How can a criminal defense lawyer help?"

North Carolina Drug Laws

To see the list of potential North Carolina drug laws, in the order of least severe to most severe (for potential jail time and North Carolina drug penalties), these are the names of those drug crimes:

Simple Possession of Marijuana - less than ½ ounce

Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana - more than ½ ounce

Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Marijuana

Felony Possession of Marijuana - 1.5 ounce to 10 pounds

Felony Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell or Distribute

Felony Sale or Delivery of Marijuana

Felony Cultivation of Marijuana

Trafficking Marijuana

Simple possession of marijuana is one of the more common minor drug charges in North Carolina. It is a misdemeanor drug offense and for many it’s a fine only offense.  The real danger for minor drug charges is a conviction that can follow you around and close doors for possible jobs in the future.

It is important to note that alcohol is also a drug, and there are a lot of possession of alcohol offenses in North Carolina. There are other criminal offenses in North Carolina for underage possession of alcohol, sale of alcohol to underage persons, and purchase of alcohol by underage persons (18B-302).

The alcohol laws in North Carolina also prohibit things like:

Giving alcoholic beverages to minors

The purchase, attempt to purchase, or possession of malt beverages or unfortified wine

Purchasing, attempting to purchase, or possession of fortified wine, spirituous liquor, or mixed beverages

Aiding and abetting underage persons

Fraudulent use of identification or fake ID

Allowing use of false identification

If you are charged with possession of drugs or alcohol contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation.  We can be reached 24/7 at 919-585-1486 and offer free consultations for drug charges.  We will also talk with you about possible options for an expungement.  Our office is located in Cary, NC and we handle Wake County criminal defense matters.

Are you eligible for a North Carolina Expungement?

Are you eligible for a North Carolina Expungement?

Your case is over but your record remains visible for all to see! If your case was dismissed (or you have certain convictions), you can protect your reputation and rebuild your life through the process of Expunging your North Carolina criminal record (also called Expunction).  Even if your case was dismissed a record still remains that is visible to future employers, current employers, customers, landlords, colleges, insurers and anyone else who might do a check on your record.

If you worked with your attorney to negotiate a dismissal of your criminal charge or are found not guilty at trial your criminal arrest record will still remain.  Even if you get a voluntary dismissal the original criminal charge will always be on your record.  If your record is expunged then all searches of your record will show a clean criminal record and a clean public arrest record.

A new law change allows for certain misdemeanor convictions to be expunged after 5 years and certain felony convictions to be erased through the expungement process after 10 years have passed.

Call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC for a free consultation at 919-585-1486 to see if you are eligible for a North Carolina Expungement. Contact Expungement Lawyer Melissa Botiglione at our office in Cary today.

How Many Different Expungements Can You Get in North Carolina?

How To Get Your Criminal Record Expunged: Can You Get Multiple Expungements in North Carolina?

You can get as many expungements as the law allows.  Some types expungements bar you from getting certain other types of expungement in the future and for other situations there could be multiple expungements allowed.  It’s all very fact specific.

Certain Convictions under 18 and Certain Drinking Tickets under 21

Many can get an NC expungement of a misdemeanor conviction for an offense committed before the age 18 plus certain drinking tickets before age 21.  That expungement statute does not list a prior expungement as a bar to getting one.

Dismissal/Not Guilty Expungements

In many cases you can’t get a dismissal expungement if you’ve had certain other types of expungements.  If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record and want to get an expungement for a dismissed case that conviction likely does not bar you from a dismissal expungement.  For many clients the order of using their expungements is very important and if there are multiple things going on you could limit the possibilities for expungements if you do them in the wring order.

15 Year Wait Expungements

For many clients their public records can be erased through the expungement process for one misdemeanor or low level felony after 15 years have passed (assuming it’s the only criminal conviction on their record).  In that situation most other prior expungements could block them from the 15 year wait kind of expungement.  An expunction of a dismissal is the one type of expungement that is not listed as a bar to getting the 15 year type.

What Next?

A prior expungement generally makes it difficult for a person to get an expungement more than once. However there is not a rule that allows only one expungement for all scenarios. The terms of each statute control whether a person can obtain another expungement. North Carolina law creates a narrow path to additional expungements in many situations.  All cases are different.  If you have questions about getting a second expungement contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.  Our NC Expungements Lawyers will answer your questions and let you know if we can expunge criminal records for you.