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Amanda Bowden Houser

Amanda Bowden Houser

The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, DUI & DWI...
  • North Carolina
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The Houser Law Firm, P.C. is a Professional Corporation and full service, General Practice law firm located in Jacksonville, that serves Onslow and surrounding counties (Jones, Pender, Duplin) in South Eastern North Carolina. We know that in these tough economic times, saving money where ever possible is important to most people. Our philosophy has always been to provide our clients with prompt, courteous and professional legal services at an affordable fee. While we never compromise on our legal professionalism, we do strive to manage our cost and expenses so that we can offer high quality legal services at fees that are reasonable and affordable.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • DUI & DWI
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Traffic Tickets
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  • Contingent Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most of our firm's fees are on a flat rate basis
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney and CEO
The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
- Current
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (2011)
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
B.A. (2008)
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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Better Business Bureau
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The Houser Law Firm Website
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749 Questions Answered

Q. I got a ticket for going 85 mph in a 65 mph zone in Gaston county NC and was wondering if i could use a PJC
A: A PJC is not something you are entitled to and likely not your best option.. It is at a Judge's discretion and each Judge has their own set of criteria for considering whether they will grant a PJC or not. So basically, unless you know the Judge - you need a traffic attorney. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will likely get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorney's. You don't need F. Lee Bailey for a traffic ticket so just pick the cheapest one and roll with that - oh, and stop speeding.
Q. If wages are being garnished for back taxes do I still have to pay full amount of child support. 1/2 paycheck is taken
A: Of course. You have two choices, lower your standard of living or go off the grid.
Q. In North Carolina..can our 16 year old child drop out of school without our permission?
A: Technically, yes but if he still lives at home with you, then you can make him go to school if he is eligible to attend.
Q. Should i hire a traffic attorney?
A: You are not required to signal a lane change - only a turn and even then only a turn in which other traffic may be affected. As to the other charges - you need a traffic attorney and a good one. From your description, you are charged with criminal misdemeanor traffic violations. If convicted as charged, you will likely lose your license, see a huge insurance increase and depending on how well liked (or more to the point - not liked) you are by your command, you may see issues with your military career.
Q. In the seperation/settlement agreement,can I include the expense of the dog care I'm providing?
A: What makes you think the Court would award a 50/50 split? As to the agreement - you can set it up virtually anyway you want. The trick is to get her to agree to it and sign it. Of course, if you are doing your own agreement odds are you should be more concerned about properly drafting it instead of trying to accurately calculate the value of dog care.
Q. My ex is not paying child support for the last 3 months. No court order just a notarized agreement.
A: Why would his lawyer put the case on for child support? Anyhoo, you don't need an attorney. Just bee bop down to yon local child support enforcement office and they will get things rolling for you.
Q. I got a speeding ticket for 60 in a 45. I am 56 and this is my first ticket. What is the best way to handle this?
A: If the address on your ticket is correct - you will likely get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorneys. You do not need F. Lee Bailey for a minor 60/45 speeding infraction, so pick the cheapest one and go with that.
Q. I am dating someone whose divorce has been decreed and the marital house sold and that money divided equally.
A: It sounds very much like he did his own divorce. If so, this situation would be a primary example of why that is an incredibly dumb thing to do. If the issue of the cars was not addressed during the divorce he may have to rely on her good graces to get the titles squared away. Unless he provides her with incentive likely in the from of a cash payment, there may not be any good reason for her to be cooperative at this point. He should consult with a local family law attorney who can review his situation in more detail and see what his options are. Best of luck.
Q. Emancipation concerns?
A: Of course his mother will likely oppose - any sane person would. Most 16 year old boys can't tie their own shoes or keep their pants pulled up - let alone provide for themselves. Emancipation is difficult because the child will have to convince a Judge that he is able to take care of himself and provide for himself and that's at the time of the hearing not some possible future ability. Right off the bat, as a high school drop out with not even a drivers licensee, he is in a bad position to ask the court for emancipation. This is likely an incredibly bad idea but best of luck to you both if it is granted.
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The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
1007 Hargett Street
Suite 2
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Telephone: (910) 333-9679
Fax: (910) 333-8513