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Cyberstalking makes headlines in North Carolina

Representative Cody Henson of North Carolina's Transylvania County has been formally charged with cyberstalking his wife, Kelsey. The couple is currently estranged.

Mrs. Henson presented the domestic court judge with a plethora of text messages that were supposedly from her spouse. The judge agreed that they constituted mental harassment. In response, he first issued a long-term protective order against the state lawmaker and then referred the case over to criminal court. A second judge then issued a summons charging Representative Henson with cyberstalking.

In trouble with the law? Try legal help, not magic

The trial of a North Carolina murder defendant was abruptly halted before jury selection was even over after prosecutors disclosed information that seemed to indicate the defendant was trying to arrange for some sort of harm to come to the judge in his case.

The defendant was recorded during a phone call at the jail saying, "I need him gone." He then spelled the judge's complete name for the other person. Given the circumstances, the judge was naturally concerned. Jurors and potential jurors were kept away from the courtroom while a hearing was held, and the full call was played in court.

What makes a contract valid?

Contracts are the building blocks of every successful business relationship. They clarify expectations and avoid misunderstandings.

However, what exactly does it take to make a legally binding contract? Does it require a lot of big words and complex clauses in order to pass muster?

Keeping social media from ruining your slip-and-fall lawsuit

If you filed a personal injury claim after a slip-and-fall accident, somebody is probably watching you.

That may sound a bit creepy, but it's common practice these days for insurance companies and attorneys to monitor the social media accounts of injury claimants. Quite frankly, they're looking for anything they can use against you in your case.

Car accidents and your baby: What you need to know

Car accidents are scary under any circumstances, but they're especially horrifying when your baby is in the car.

If you've recently been in an accident while your infant was with you, here's what you need to keep in mind:

Hit-and-run driver identified through video and social media

A North Carolina woman made national headlines following a hit-and-run "accident" that turned out not to be such an accident after all.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested by Wilmington Police after tips from the public led to her identity and location. According to the police, the victim of the hit-and-run crash was simply walking along Rutledge Drive with another person. That other person, who is the father of the 22-year-old's four children, was the apparent target of the attack. While he was able to duck out of the way before being hit, the other pedestrian -- another woman -- was not, and she was left with multiple injuries.

Flawed forensics: What every criminal defendant should know

Imagine this: You're arrested for some sort of crime, whether it's drunk driving, drug possession, assault or something else. You're absolutely sure that you're innocent -- but the police tell you that the evidence says you're lying. "Forensics," they may say, "never lie."

For many criminal defendants, this scenario is a reality that plays out more or less exactly as described. Many -- convinced that they can't prove their innocence when the forensic evidence is against them -- give up and take a guilty plea almost immediately.

What are the biggest mistakes you can make during a divorce?

A few skilled negotiations can often shorten the divorce process and help everyone come out a winner -- or, at least, not too unhappy about the results. However, a wrong move by either party can turn negotiations into a nightmare rather quickly.

Here are the biggest missteps people make between the time they file for divorce and when that divorce is final:

Don't let zoning woes derail your business plans

Of all the hassles that people anticipate when they aim to open a new business, "zoning problems" seldom even make the list -- until they become a problem.

Zoning regulations affect everything from how you develop, build, renovate, lease, buy and operate your business. You have to contend with federal, state and local regulations that can dictate not only big issues, like where you can operate the type of business you want to operate, but small issues, like the type of sign you're allowed to have outside your establishment once you're ready to open. Running afoul of a zoning regulation can mean tons of lost time, money and energy.

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