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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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    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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857 Questions Answered

Q. Can I get divorced without serving them papers?
A: You can not divorce without proper service of process. Also you can't just skip to going the legal publication route. There are certain steps you need to take. Look, when the transmission in your car goes out, you call a mechanic. Unless you are a mechanic, you'd never in a million years think yourself 'you know what, I'mma go out there and fix that bad boy myself'. So why in the world do you think you are competent to do your own legal work? You really need to shop around and hire an attorney before you end up wasting a lot of time and money.
Q. In North Carolina I git ticket for driving 81 on 55 limit. I am in GA itvsays that it is mandatory court appearance.
A: Yes, you need an attorney. Yes, it can likely be reduced. No, the slope of a mountain is not why you were going 81/55. If the address on your ticket is correct, you will likely get letters from local traffic attorneys. Pick one. Please don't tell waste their time with the mountain slope excuse. Best of luck.
Q. My wife want to divorce and take kids to mexico
A: If the children have resided in North Carolina for at least the last 6 months then you should consult with a local family law attorney regarding an injunction to prevent her from doing that. Best of luck.
Q. My ex wife took my kids 10 years ago and has kept them from me and my family ever since. What can I do?
A: I am really hoping that the real reason it appears you have done virtually nothing to see your children in ten years is that you simply did not have the financial resources to do so. If that is the case, there is certainly no shame in that (assuming you have also done whatever else you can to say in contact with them). However, if you did have the financial ability to fight for them and it seems you did since you say you filed for custody, then you wanting to lay the blame for this situation squarely and fully on the shoulders of your ex is likely not gonna fly. While, what she did was likely an incredibly awful thing to do, what you did or rather didn't do to be more specific may actually be worse. Restraining orders don't 'supersede' custody cases and a less than two month stint in county lock up is hardly 'terrifying' - so right off the bat your story is suspect. While it is nice that it seems you kinda sorta wanna see your kids now at this late date, I am going to give you the harsh reality of the situation as you yourself have described it and you are likely not going to like what I have to say. It is shocking that it took you ten years to figure out that "no parent has the right to decide to remove the other or their family from the kids lives"? This ought to be common sense to everyone but definitely to a parent. Depending on how old the children were when she took them, at best over half of their childhood is already gone and at worst they are almost adults and can soon make their own decision whether to contact you or the rest of your family and your reasoning for not doing squat all about it for ten years is that you were 'terrified she would have you put in jail'. Look bottom line, if you want to see the kids, you need to man up and do what you should have done ten years ago and that is fight for them and what ever consequences there are be damned. The fact that you waited ten years to even do 'research' to figure out what you should have known in the core of your being is going to be a major hurdle for you to overcome. Essentially, if it comes to fighting in court, you are going to have to convince a judge that it is appropriate to allow a father to see children that he essentially gave up on because he was too 'terrified' to do anything about it. Hopefully you see the problem here but if not and you think I am being too harsh on you, then things likely should remain the way they are. However, assuming she hasn't already had your parental rights terminated and assuming you can finally put children ahead of your fears for yourself, what you need to do is consult with a family law attorney where the children now reside. I wish you the best with this and if you do ever do get to see your children again, I couldn't afford an attorney is likely a way better explanation for the last ten years than 'it's all mommy's fault and daddy was scared'.
Q. 18 yr old with no previous ticket... received a ticket going 71 in a 55 zone... would I need an attorney for this?
A: Need is often a subjective term. No, you likely don't 'need' an attorney but it would be a really, really good idea. If your address is correct on the ticket, you will likely get a crap ton of letters from traffic attorneys. You definitely don't need F. Lee Bailey for a mere 71/55 so just pick the cheapest one and roll with that.
A: If by 'received' you mean you were charged, then there is no statute of limitations. If you have not or do not take care of the charge eventually you are likely to be arrested - and usually at the worst possible time.
Q. Hi I am 17 years old with a first time citation for driving 95 mph what should I do?
A: You need an attorney. Assuming the charge of 95 was in a 70, that's 25 over and you are at the threshold of where just one more mile would have put you in an incredibly bad spot. Likely a PJC may be the best way to go if your attorney can convince a judge to give it to such a young driver but there may be other options. If your address on the ticket is correct you will likely be getting a crap ton of letters from local traffic attorneys. Normally I say pick the cheapest one but in your case you need a skilled an respected traffic attorney so shop around and make the best choice you can afford. best of luck - and don't speed. It's dangerous.
Q. Is the printed on ticket the time of violation or time the ticket was printed. For instance school zone infraction
A: If it was a white printed ticket, the time the ticket was printed does not appear on the ticket. The time shown on the ticket should be the time of the offense. So if as you state, the school zone started at 7:25am and the time on your ticket was written as the offense having occurred at 7:30am then the officer is alleging you were within the time frame that the school zone was in effect. Unless of course the school zone ended at 7:29 am (and a 4 minute school zone period would be highly unlikely).
Q. If I get charged with a DUI, will my license be suspended immediately or only after a conviction?
A: In North Carolina it is DWI. Your license to drive or at least your privilege to drive in North Carolina (if you are licensed out of state) will be suspended at the time you are charged - generally speaking for 30 days. This is called a civil revocation. If you are processed properly, you will receive written notice of that fact. If eligible, you can apply for a limited driving privilege after 10 days to carry you through the remaining 20 days of the initial civil revocation suspension or you can simply wait the 30 days, pay the civil revocation fee and drive unrestricted (assuming your license was valid when charged) until you are convicted.
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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