As attorneys, we’re dedicated to helping people. Part of that includes providing information and guidance about the legal system and how court works.
Your decision-making process in retaining legal representation should include researching the training, background, courtroom experience, certifications, awards, accolades, positions of leadership and publications of a lawyer.
“I believe a well-rounded attorney is one who actively engages with the community. At our law firm, we believe it is our duty to serve the community as a whole, to help people in need, and most importantly, to advance the better-goods of society through advocacy, bother inside and outside of the courtroom.”
– Bill Powers
We also understand there are different learning styles. Some people are visual learners, while others gather more through active-listening skills. It’s said there are five different ways people learn.
It’s our hope this page (and our website) will serve as a resource to you, and your individual learning style, as a source of information about the legal system and hopefully your particular legal need.
If you have additional questions about an area of practice or specific type of legal matter, we invite you to spend some time on our site and YouTube page and then call us at: 704-342-4357Community Involvement and Public Speaking
The founding attorney for the firm, Bill Powers, believes it important to share information and help develop the practice of law. Sharing what you know as an attorney applies to teaching lawyers, continuing legal education, and promoting advocacy issues on a statewide basis.
It also entails actively searching out opportunities to serve the general public, understanding that itself is time-consuming and at times, an uncomfortable process.
“People tend to have pre-conceived notions of the law and lawyers particularly. Humanizing the practice of law is an important long-term goal of mine. I want people to know they can rely on and trust lawyers.”
– Bill Powers
We work hard to meet people at their point of need. To that end, we believe it helps to share information and knowledge in the formative stages of establishing the attorney-client relationship.
Legal advice is different than legal information.
Frankly, there are some matters you can and should handle for yourself. Deciding how to raise your children and what works best for you and your family are good examples.
At the same time, it doesn’t hurt to have a source of information and a trustworthy perspective in formulating what works for you.
We have for years taken on the mantle to educate students and parents on the perils of underage drinking, impaired driving, and in a more general sense, safe driving habits for new or younger drivers.
One of our free publications is the North Carolina Parent Student Driving Contract. For years Mr. Powers has provided the exhaustive “contract to drive” free-of-charge to MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving, local schools, churches, and community service organizations.Drunk Driving, DWI in NC, DUI in SC Legal Resources
A substantial aspect of our practice is dedicated to criminal defense, traffic law, and DWI charges in both Carolinas. It’s frankly a complicated, if not confusing, area of law.
The very thing that makes is interesting for us as legal professionals is what can be discombobulating to clients. We want you to understand your legal options and the charges you face.
While you can always serve as your own attorney, or what attorneys and judges may refer to as pro se (for yourself), we firmly believe that is a tremendous mistake.
In addition to helping you understand your criminal charges and why we do what we do, it’s our hope by providing information you’ll understand the value of legal representation and why it’s so important to have an experienced courtroom lawyer standing with you, shoulder-to-shoulder, in court.
It doesn’t matter if you have a pending speeding ticket or some other traffic ticket, a felony or misdemeanor charge, or something potentially life-changing like murder charges, manslaughter, or even a sex offense, we’re here to provide legal guidance.
- The Guidebook to Navigating the DWI DUI Legal System in North Carolina
- North Carolina General Statute 20-138.1 Impaired Driving – Legal Representation of DWI Charges in NC
- North Carolina General Statute 20-138.2 Impaired Driving in Commercial Vehicle
- Silent Sam
Our website URL is CarolinaAttorneys.com for a reason. We help people in both South Carolina and North Carolina.
We also chose it because it explains we’re attorneys, without limiting ourselves to a particular type of law, criminal charge, our practice group.
Our focus is on two things: The client and courtroom advocacy.
We’re courtroom lawyers. We enjoy litigation. We appreciate the intellectual aspects of legal advocacy, zealous legal representation, and compassion for clients and their individual needs.
That means we help people with criminal charges, as well as family law issues and personal injury claims.
Believe it or not, those separate “practice groups” often intertwine.
It’s not at all unusual to face allegations of domestic violence, assault charges, assault on a female, as well as a civil temporary restraining order pursuant to NCGS Chapter 50B, with further implications under the NC Divorce Laws under Chapter 50.
It also doesn’t hurt to possess a deep understanding the intricacies of impaired driving, substance abuse, and blood-alcohol testing, relative to bringing a civil cause of action as a result of a car accident or other personal injury claim.
We don’t check our knowledge-base at the door. What helps in the defense in drunk driving charges is often quite relevant to bringing a claim for injuries and damages. We serve as zealous advocate, irrespective of what side of the courtroom aisle we sit.
It’s an interesting, stimulating way to practice law. We enjoy the challenge of litigation and the competitive spirit.
Of course, that’s also true across the state-line in South Carolina. Legal troubles don’t limit themselves to borders or necessarily even legal jurisdictions within those borders.
Clients may live and work in two different states. That’s especially true in Charlotte, which is located on the border of NC and SC.
If you have legal questions, we hope you’ll consider our law firm as a resource, if not a repository of legal information. If we can help, serving as legal counsel, that’s great.
If you have a question we cannot answer or feel you’d be better-served by another lawyer or law firm, we’re more than willing to make a referral when possible.
Clearly, we are not a legal referral service. We don’t charge fees to refer cases. We just want to help guide you through the process, to provide helpful information, and to connect clients with lawyers when able.
As a former President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Bill Powers literally spent years developing relationships with attorneys throughout North Carolina, working to promote advocacy, community involvement, and common sense development of the laws.
Give us a call now if you’d like more information about the firm, what we do to help people, or have questions about a legal matter: 704-342-4357
You may also reach Bill Powers directly at: Bill@CarolinaAttorneys.com
NOTE: ALL OUR ATTORNEYS ARE LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN NORTH CAROLINA. ATTORNEY CHRIS BEDDOW IS THE SOLE ATTORNEY LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. AS SUCH, ALL SOUTH CAROLINA LEGAL MATTERS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MR. BEDDOW, AS IS THE WEBSITE CONTENT HEREIN REGARDING SOUTH CAROLINA.Additional Resources