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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for North Carolina on

Q: I'm on supervised probation for DUI. Is it possible for me to be allowed to go on a cruise to the Bahamas?

Mr. Douglas A. Petho answered on Mar 17, 2016

This depends on the conditions of your probation. I would contact your probation officer.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for North Carolina on

Q: WC Clincher with an advance payment will weekly WC checks continue? And when will I get a copy of settlement I signed?

Im not sure of the process and when I ask questions of the Paralegal or Attorney ( if they are in the office ) answers seem to slightly change. Ive felt out of the loop the whole time and unsupported. I never received a copy of our original Attorney/ Client contract. I asked multiple times. Then... Read more »

Mr. Douglas A. Petho answered on Mar 17, 2016

The number one complaint clients have with their attorneys is a lack of communication, either by failing to return phone calls were not properly explaining the process. Attorney's fees and workers compensation claims are set by the industrial commmission at 25%. I do not know what the $900 is for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina on

Q: I live in NC and recently 2 dogs were found running at large in my town and were picked up by a good Samaritan and taken

To a rescue and checked for microchips but none found or no rabies tags, the dogs were very malnurished and heartworm positive treatment was started but in the mean time animal control saw the dogs posted on Facebook and thought they knew the owners. Animal control picked up the dogs without... Read more »

Mr. Douglas A. Petho answered on Mar 17, 2016

There would have to be a determination that the treatment of the dogs amounts to animal abuse or cruelty, not negligence. the owners could then be charged and the animals removed .I would contact local police department to find out what agency, either animal control, Sheriff's Department etc.would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Carolina on

Q: hi, back in December i got a speeding ticket for 74 in a 45 zone along with a careless and reckless driving charge...

i went to court yesterday and the judge said that i am facing a possible 80 days jail time. what should i do, and what should i expect?

Mr. Douglas A. Petho answered on Mar 17, 2016

I would retain an attorney to assist you in this matter. If you are unable to pay for an attorney you may qualify to have the court appoint one for you. I would say that without knowing the specifics of your driving record or the circumstances of the citation, it would be unusual for you to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for North Carolina on

Q: Can a lawyer file a judgement against you 5 years later

In 2010 a car slammed into me my insurance had just lapsed and I forgot to file the claim anyways the people went to the Dr maybe a week or 2 later and wracked up a 123,000 bill got an attorney til this day they haven't filed a judgment since then I also had another finder bender. so the 2 wrecks... Read more »

Mr. Douglas A. Petho answered on Mar 17, 2016

The short answer is yes. The longer answer is you should contact an experienced criminal attorney in Gastonia to assist in getting your license reinstated.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for North Carolina on

Q: I was in an car accident where and uninsured driver hit me and two others the problem is my medical bills they never

Informed me that time limit saying 1/10/2016 was deadline having hard time since medical bills only 2k but wanted to only offer 3500 please help

Mr. Douglas A. Petho answered on Mar 17, 2016

A lawsuit in an uninsured motorist claim must be filed in North Carolina three years from the date of the accident, two years for a death claim. The statute limitations will bar your claim otherwise. An uninsured motorist claim is a first party claim meaning that your insurance company owes a duty... Read more »

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