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NC Criminal Case Law Updates

State v. Cobb: The NC Supreme Court Eases the Requirements for Establishing the Reasonableness of Traffic Checkpoints. A few days ago, the Supreme Court of North Carolina published their opinion easing the required showing to establish the reasonableness of a DWI/Traffic Checkpoint in State v. Cobb. This opinion reverses a decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals, which...

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NC Criminal Case Law Updates

State v. McKoy: The Court of Appeals Closes the Door on Character Evidence Harmful to the State; Eases the State’s Burden of Overcoming Proof of Self Defense. In the recently decided case State v. McKoy, A fractured North Carolina Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 in favor of the State; establishing precedent that not only undermines defense attorneys’ ability...

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Attorney Hiltzheimer Recognized on 2022 North Carolina Super Lawyers® List

Hiltzheimer Law Office announces that founding attorney Ben Hiltzheimer has been named to the Super Lawyers list for North Carolina. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer...

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NC Criminal Case Law Updates

While the law may seem old and static, it is quite dynamic. As part of our state’s “Common Law” jurisprudence (theory or philosophy of law), cases build on each other over time. As a result, the law continuously evolves to compensate for changes in society, technology, and the like. While no two cases are the same, there is often...

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North Carolina Revamps Its Oppressive Interlock Laws

Today, North Carolina has finally re-vamped their unduly harsh and unnecessarily restrictive interlock laws. The new interlock bill does, in relevant part, the following things: Eliminates the mandatory waiting periods for driver’s license restoration or limited driving privilege if a person is operating a motor vehicle that has a functioning ignition interlock system installed on it. (effective date: Limited...

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Hiltzheimer Law Office Joined by New Associate Attorney Robert DiDomenico

We are excited to be joined by Robert DiDomenico, who is a new associate attorney with Hiltzheimer Law Office. His work with the firm will focus on criminal defense on behalf of the firm’s clients in Wake, Durham, Orange, and surrounding counties. Robert is a graduate of UNC School of Law, where he served as class president of the...

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Ben Hiltzheimer Recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Criminal Defense

Hiltzheimer Law Office is pleased to announce that founding attorney Ben Hiltzheimer has been named to the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications. The methodology employed by Best Lawyers® is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities...

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Pro Bono Representation for Demonstrators in Raleigh and Durham

I am available for pro bono representation of demonstrators in Raleigh and Durham. Call me at (919) 899-9404 or email at bh@hiltzheimer.com. I’ll talk for a minute about why. I understand that businesses are devastated by the damage that’s been done in an already painful time, but I also recognize the importance of the words of Dr. King who...

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NHTSA Finds No Significant Increased Crash Risk with Cannabis Use

NHTSA, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a pro-law enforcement national agency that develops the standards for DWI investigations in North Carolina and nationwide. As a result, NHTSA is known for extreme bias and sloppy pseudoscience in its reporting of the effects of alcohol. One classic example is the “standard battery of field sobriety tests,” which cops...

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Hiltzheimer Featured as NCAJ’s Rising Star, October 2019

Honored to be featured as North Carolina Advocates for Justice’s Rising Star, October 2019.  Check out my Q&A with some of my thoughts as a career defender at the link below, and included here.  Much respect to NCAJ for their great work in the criminal justice community in the state, and for the recognition. NCAJ Trial Briefs, October 2019...

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