Is Doctor Shopping Illegal?


“Doctor shopping” is the practice of an individual visiting multiple healthcare physicians to deceptively obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. There are many classes of controlled substances sought by those who doctor shop. However, opioid narcotics (pain killers) are the number one target by far according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers […]

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Steps in a Criminal Trial


1. Arraignment After the arrest or initial incident, the accused that’s charged with a crime is called before a criminal court judge. During this period there are many things that occur: The charges are read The defendant decides whether he or she will be using an attorney or public defender (if eligible) The defendant pleads […]

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USING RULE 803(6) TO AUTHENTICATE BUSINESS RECORDS BY AFFIDAVIT


In criminal cases, we often want to use cell phone records, credit card receipts, Facebook post/messages, Instagram photographs, and other business records in the defense of our client. The records custodian must authenticate these records before the court will admit them.  In the past, this required that you issue a subpoena to the records custodian and […]

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How To Avoid Common “Spring Break” Legal Offenses


Spring Break is a time many students at East Carolina University and Pitt Community College look forward to. It is time of fun, sun and hanging out with friends. A time to leave Greenville, NC and head to various vacation destinations. But, it can also be a time of making bad decisions that can land […]

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Attorney, Les Robinson, Recognized as Super Lawyer in 2018


Attorney, Les Robinson, has been recognized as a 2018 Super Lawyer. Each year, Super Lawyers evaluates lawyers across the country to put together a list of the most elite attorneys in the United States. The criteria for the recognition includes 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition. These indicators include verdicts/settlements, professional activity, honors/awards […]

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Robinson Named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame


Local attorney, Les Robinson was recently named to Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame. Robinson was named to Legal Elite in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. As the top vote-getter in the Criminal Law category in 2018, Robinson has now become a member of Legal Elite’s Hall of Fame. Legal Elite is […]

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New Laws in North Carolina You May Want To Know About


Recently, there have been new laws passed in North Carolina. At the Robinson Law Firm, we want all of our clients to stay in the know about laws in our state. Here are a few of the recently enacted laws you should know about.   Senate Bill 445: Expungements North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed […]

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Received a Red Light Camera Citation In The Mail?


It’s just after the New Year Holiday. You are going through mail that was just delivered, looking for bills from the holidays when you discover an official looking “Notice of Red Light Camera Violation” from the City of Greenville.  You open the Notice and see a close-up picture of the front and rear of your […]

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Did The Officer Have Enough Evidence To Arrest Me for DWI?


It’s Saturday night, about 10:00 o’clock. You just finished a late dinner with friends where you consumed a little more than two glasses of wine over the course of two hours. You exit the restaurant and leave the parking lot to make the two-mile drive to your residence. As you approach the stop sign at […]

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Arrested For DWI? What Should You Do?


The Holiday Season is accompanied with increased patrols and checkpoints focused on DWI enforcement.  The decisions you make after your DWI arrest are critical to your defense.  Should I take the chemical test?  Do I have a right to have a witness observe the chemical test procedures?  If the officer asks questions should I answer […]

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North Carolina Expunction – FAQ – Part 3


What happens after the Expunction is granted by the Court? When the petition is granted, the Court directs the clerk to send a copy of the final order of expunction to the NC Department of Public Safety, the NC SBI, and the NC Department of Motor Vehicles.  All records relating to your apprehension, charge, trial […]

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North Carolina Expunction – FAQ – Part 2


How is the Expunction Process Started? First, there must be a determination that the charge/conviction is eligible for an expunction and which statute governs the expunction of that particular charge/conviction.  This determination includes obtaining a copy of your complete criminal record.  Once this is determined, the correct North Carolina Administrative Office of The Courts (NCAOC) […]

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North Carolina Expunction – FAQ – Part 1


What is an Expunction? Expunction is the legal process that allows you to remove a criminal charge(s) and/or conviction(s) from your official criminal record.  Once completed, the expunction restores you, in the view of the law, to the status you occupied prior to the criminal charge.  At that time, the charge and/or conviction will no […]

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Robinson Asks for Dismissal on November, 2000 Murder Case


Local Criminal Defense Attorney, Les Robinson, requested a judge dismiss the murder charge against Mirna Aguirre-Palma, due to mental incompetence. Since charged for the murder of her son in 2000, Aquirre-Palma has been diagnosed with and treated for schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type and held in state custody without bond. As part of the proceedings, Forensic […]

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Area Attorney, Les Robinson, Supports Local Youth Athletes


Area Attorney, Les Robinson, has graciously donated to the Pitt County American Legion Post 39 senior American Legion Baseball team. American Legion Post 39 has maintained a youth baseball program in the area for more than 50 years. The program gives young men the opportunity to enhance their baseball skills and their ability to work […]

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Prescription Drug Crimes


In Pitt County alone, 10.6 billion opioid pills were prescribed in 2016.  Studies show around 50 percent of Americans, approximately 119 million people are on prescription drugs. According to a federal survey, about 16 percent of prescribed drugs are abused and misused. The prescription drug problem in America is growing every year, and has now […]

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Underage Drinking, Zero Tolerance and DWI


The summer season provides thousands of young people a sun-soaked break from classes and daily responsibilities. During this time of the year, the coastal and southern parts of the United States are flocked by energetic youth interested in nothing but a good time. While this is a great opportunity to relax and engage in fun […]

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Robinson Joins National Trial Lawyers Top 100


Area Attorney, Les Robinson, has again been invited to join The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Composed of premier trial lawyers from each state or region, this invitation-only organization extends membership opportunities only to attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile in compliance with North Carolina State Bar Rules […]

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Tax Season Crimes


It’s tax season. Which means many people in America are sifting through statements, receipts, and documents from the past year. This process, which can be very tedious, is one of the most important times of the year. Annually, this period sparks thousands of tax-related criminal charges. Examples of these crimes are embezzlement, money laundering, bribery, […]

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NACDA Names Robinson to “TOP 10”


For the third year in a row, Attorney Leslie “Les” Robinson has been selected as a recipient of the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys’ TOP 10 for the state of North Carolina. The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA) reviews more than one million attorneys across the United States to bestow the most […]

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Magistrate’s Order for DWI Does Not Toll Statute of Limitations


In State v. Turner, *** N.C. App. ***, 793 S.E.2d 287 (2016), filed 6 December 2016, the Court of Appeals held that a Magistrate’s Order for DWI did not toll the two-year statute of limitations in G.S. § 15-1.  The Court concluded that the trial court erred when it denied defendant’s motion to dismiss when […]

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NC Traffic Tickets: 3 Harmful Consequences


If you drive long enough, it’s just a matter of time before you’re stopped by an officer and issued that dreaded traffic ticket. Your encounter with the officer will only last a few minutes before you’ll be allowed to continue on your way. During this interaction, the officer will advise that you can pay off […]

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Holiday Season Brings More DWI Checkpoints


While the holidays bring joy, happiness, and celebrations, they also bring an increase in travel and alcohol/drug consumption. The increase in travel and celebrations creates the perfect storm for a greater number of people who are Driving While Impaired (DWI). To combat this storm, law enforcement increases its presence and enforcement efforts. Part of that […]

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DWI – Developing Probable Cause To Arrest


The Driving While Impaired (DWI) arrest process involves three Phases. Each Phase is designed to help the investigating officer identify and gather evidence to determine whether there is probable cause to arrest the driver for DWI. These three Phases have been developed and designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Phase One – Vehicle […]

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4 Tips for Choosing a DWI Lawyer


Know What You Need When looking for a lawyer to come to your defense, figure out exactly what you need. In the state of North Carolina, the term DWI and DUI cover the same charges. Some of these cases are very complicated and require a lawyer who is knowledgeable and up to date with the […]

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Pulled Over Do’s and Don’ts


Dealing with law enforcement can be very scary and stressful. Being pulled over by law enforcement can be even more stressful. While there is no guarantee that you are being pulled over for a violation, it is best to prepare. Regardless of the reason for being stopped, there are some best practices when it comes […]

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3 Tips When Dealing With Drug Charges


Every drug charge is different, therefore it is not recommended to compare your situation with others. There are many factors that go into the final verdict of each case. These 3 tips when dealing with drug charges will help improve your position in the legal proceedings to come. 1. Get a Lawyer ASAP It is […]

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Robinson Receives Top 10 Attorney Award for Second Year


Attorney Les Robinson was again chosen as a recipient to receive the Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of North Carolina for 2016. This prestigious award is granted by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDA) to those who show an outstanding level of hard work and commitment to protecting the rights of […]

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Elected for Business NC 2016 Legal Elite


For the second year in a row, Attorney Les Robinson was elected by his professional peers to be a member of the Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite. His recognition is reflected in the level of work ethic and unyielding commitment to the field of law. This prestigious recognition is awarded to a select few […]

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