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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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Summary

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
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express
  • 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
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founding Attorney and CEO
The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
- Current
Education
University of North Carolina - Wilmington
B.A. (2008)
North Carolina Central University School of Law
J.D. (2011)
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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Publications
Certifications
A+
Better Business Bureau
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Website
The Houser Law Firm Website
Legal Answers
310 Questions Answered

Q. Son's mother does not have legal custody of any kind .. Can she put our 6yr old on ADHD meds even he has not shown sign
A: Unless the mothers parental rights have been terminated or some other court order / agreement has divested her of custody then she has plenty of 'legal custody'. That said, unless she is a doctor, she can not put her son on prescription ADHD medication but she certainly can take the child to a doctor who will. Again, unless there is some court order or agreement to the contrary, she doesn't need any one's permission or consent to take her son to a doctor. So the real question you ought to be asking is likely not can she do it but what you can do about it. If you are opposed to your child being on ADHD medication and the mother is unwilling to discuss the matter with you, your only legal option is to consult with a local family law attorney who can review your situation and provide you with possible options to stop her - if there are any. Best of luck!
Q. My husband ran up tons of credit card debt. I am not a co applicant on any of them. How can I get out of paying half
A: NC is an equitable distribution state. Equitable means 'fair'. So basically property and debt acquired during the marriage and prior to separation are divided and distributed fairly. Fairly does not mean evenly. So you could end up paying debt that isn't 'yours'. You are not responsible to the creditors for debt not in your name so it won't affect your credit per se but you are responsible to each other for any debt acquired during the marriage - marital debt. So basically while he is responsible for paying the debt to the card companies, it is theoretically possible (although highly unlikely based on the facts you presented) that a court could order you to pay him for half or even more of what you call his 'debt'. This typically would only happen in situations where you were at fault for the break down of the marriage and you benefited for the purchases made on the cards. If he ran up debt in his name only during the marriage and prior to separation and didn't consult you and you did not benefit from the purchases, it is likely the court would not hold you responsible for any of that debt.
Q. I got a ticket for expired tags in Wake County, NC. Getting divorced, he used to do it.
A: Go to Court with the original and a photocopy of your renewed registration. Be very polite and the ADA will likely dismiss the ticket and all it will cost is your time..
Q. Is it true if I scrap a car that I was given a ticket for the tags the court will dissmiss it due to no access of car?
A: Sometimes - maybe even most times. It varies by district policy and individual ADA's. Typically it depends on two things: 1) if you have something in writing from the salvage yard where it was scrapped and 2) your attitude toward the officer when you were cited. Officers sometimes write notes on the tickets and the ADA's read these notes and if an officer says you were a jerk, in good 'ol boy North Carolina, your ticket likely ain't gettin' dismissed.
Q. What do I do with a ticket for fortuitous tags and no insurance if it wasn't my car? Can I get it dismissed?
A: While it sucks - it is your responsibility to make sure any car you drive is in compliance with applicable laws. That said, it appears you want to blame the owner of the car for your problems and further you seem to be fixated on the owner correcting the problem as your only solution instead of manning up and taking responsibility yourself. Let me ask you this - if the owner was such a complete and total jerk as to let you roll out with fictitious tags and no insurance with no though what so ever to the serious danger to you or others, what in the world makes you think they will now be decent and stand up enough to fix things and help you out? So what you likely need to do is quit hoping and relying on the owner to 'do right' - bite the bullet and hire a local traffic attorney to fix this situation before you turn what is likely an easy fix into a big problem for yourself.
Q. How long does a traffic violation warrant stay in effect in the state of North Carolina
A: Until it is served. Your best bet is to bite the bullet and hire a traffic attorney to resolve this for you.
Q. Does a separation agreement have to be filed with the courts?
A: Separation Agreements are a great way to establish your separation date and resolve all marital issues except for the divorce. They are not required to be filed however, if you want it to be done properly and be enforceable you should have an attorney do it. The good news is they are fairly inexpensive. Our firm can draft a fully comprehensive separation agreement for a flat rate fee of $250 if you are interested just call us at (910) 333-9679 and set up an appointment. The keyword to remember is that it is an 'agreement' if you and your spouse can not agree - there is no point in doing a separation agreement.
Q. What if I have two separate court cases on the same date and time in two different counties? What do I do?
A: Criminal court takes precedence over family court. So get your family lawyer proof of your district court case and inform her to make a motion to continue. If you have know of this conflict for a while and sat on it and did nothing - expect to have problems. If you just found out and you do the responsible thing and notify your family law attorney immediately, you have a much better shot of the family law case being continued. Best of luck.
Q. UK citizen received speeding ticket with COURT DATE in US, but I'll already have returned home. What should I do?!
A: It sounds very much like you want to break our laws and scoot back to the UK without consequence. If so, you likely can as it is highly unlikely the State of North Carolina will bother to hunt you down for a speeding ticket.but doing so would demonstrate incredibly poor character on your part.
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The Houser Law Firm, P.C.
1007 Hargett Street
Suite 2
Jacksonville, NC 28540
USA
Telephone: (910) 333-9679
Fax: (910) 333-8513