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Forsyth County Criminal Defense

J.D. Byers is a Winston-Salem based criminal defense attorney.  He represents clients in District Court and Superior Court in Forsyth County at the Main Courthouse in Winston-Salem and in the Kernersville Courthouse.   If you have a pending case, you can contact us to arrange for a consultation.  You can also click here to confirm your court date through the state system.

In Forsyth County, J.D. handles cases involving traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies.  Potential misdemeanor charges for which you could require legal representation include:

  • Larceny
  • Assault and Assault on a Female
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Shoplifting/Concealment of Goods
  • Driving with revoked license
  • Failure to return rental property
  • Trespass
  • 50B Violations
  • Resisting a Police/Law Enforcement Officer
  • Communicating Threats
  • Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Prostitution

Potential felony charges for which you could require legal representation include:

  • Murder
  • Felony assault, including assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) with intent to kill
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Larceny
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • Embezzlement, fraud and other white collar crimes
  • Sex offenses

Potential traffic infractions for which you could require legal representation include:

  • Driving under revocation or with a suspended license
  • Speeding tickets
  • Failure to Stop at Red Light or Stop Sign
  • Failure to move over for a law enforcement or emergency vehicle
  • Passing a School Bus
  • Careless and Reckless Driving
  • No Operators License
  • No Insurance or No Registration
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Changes to NC Failure to Return Rental Property Law

The 2013-14 Budget Act makes a change to the North Carolina statute on failure to return rental property.  Before this change, it was a Class 2 misdemeanor to fail to return rental property to the rightful owner if the property was rented pursuant to a rental agreement with an option to purchase the property.  After this change, it is now a Class 3 misdemeanor to commit such a crime.

The pertinent bill section is:

SECTION 18B.14.(e)  G.S. 14‑168.4(a) reads as rewritten:

“(a)       It shall be a Class 2 misdemeanorClass 3 misdemeanor for any person to fail to return rented property with intent to defeat the rights of the owner, which is rented pursuant to a written rental agreement in which there is an option to purchase the property, after the date of termination provided in the agreement has occurred or, if the termination date is the occurrence of a specified event, then that such event has in fact occurred.”

To read the entire bill, go to http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/HTML/S402v7.html

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Guilford County Traffic Court

J.D. Byers is a Winston-Salem based criminal defense attorney.  He represents clients in District Court and Superior Court in Guilford County at the Main Courthouse in Greensboro and in the High Point Courthouse.   If you have a pending case, you can contact us to arrange for a consultation.  You can also click here to confirm your court date through the state system.

In Guilford County, J.D. handles cases involving traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies.  Potential traffic infractions for which you could require legal representation include:

  • Driving under revocation or with a suspended license
  • Speeding tickets
  • Failure to Stop at Red Light or Stop Sign
  • Failure to move over for a law enforcement or emergency vehicle
  • Passing a School Bus
  • Careless and Reckless Driving
  • No Operators License
  • No Insurance or No Registration
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Changes to NC DWLR Law

The North Carolina made recent changes to the statute criminalizing driving with a revoked license.  Prior to the passage of the 2013-14 Budget Act, under North Carolina law, person convicted of “Driving While License Revoked” (“DWLR“) under N.C.G.S. 20-28 would be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.  Under the new law, a person convicted of DWLR would be guilty of a Class 3 Misdemeanor.  The only exception to this new law is that if the person convicted of DWLR was originally revoked for an impaired driving offense, the misdemeanor class would remain a Class 1.

Pertinent section of the bill is:

SECTION 18B.14.(f) G.S. 20‑28(a) reads as rewritten:

“(a)       Driving While License Revoked. – Except as provided in subsection (a1) of this section, any person whose drivers license has been revoked who drives any motor vehicle upon the highways of the State while the license is revoked is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor unless the person’s license was originally revoked for an impaired driving revocation, in which case the person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Upon conviction, the person’s license shall be revoked for an additional period of one year for the first offense, two years for the second offense, and permanently for a third or subsequent offense.

To read the entire bill, go to http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/HTML/S402v7.html