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ATTORNEY PROFILE
The 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine includes Bill Powers on the:

“TOP 100" North Carolina Super Lawyers List
"TOP 25" in Charlotte Super Lawyers List
12 YEARS Selected to Super Lawyers

Bill Powers is listed individually within the The 2018 Best Lawyers in America© publication for his work in Criminal Defense, also being named in 2017:

"Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense: General Practice"
Charlotte, NC
2017 Best Lawyers®

Powers Landreth PLLC also included in the 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” publication. The firm has been named a Charlotte Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” for the area of DUI / DWI Defense.

Bill Powers is also listed individually within the The Best Lawyers in America 2018 publication for his work in DUI / DWI Defense and Criminal Defense: General Practice.

Bill is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy / National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.

Bill Powers helps clients with:

Criminal Defense: Serious Felonies and General Misdemeanors
DWI DUI Impaired Driving Defense
Traffic Offenses / Traffic Court: Speeding, Reckless Driving, DMV and Moving Violations
Complex Wrongful Death Claims - Alcohol-Related Injuries, Wrecks, and Fatalities
Martindale-Hubbell lists Bill Powers as an AV "Preeminent Lawyer" 2010 - 2018*

The National Trial Lawyers has included Bill Powers in "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in North Carolina in 2018. www.nationaltriallawyers.org/profile-view/Bill/Powers/5071/

Past President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2016 - 2017. Attorney Powers has also been listed in Business North Carolina Magazine, Legal Elite 2018. *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell.

Awards, Certifications & Criterion for Inclusion SEE: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/awards-and-associations.html

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Personal Injury
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Payment plans available
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Payment plans / automatic billing available.
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal Injury & Wrongful Death litigation only. Matters involving Impaired Driving, DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense & Traffic Law specifically can NOT be on a contingency fee basis.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Guaranteed flat fee, in writing, for DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense & Traffic Law issues.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
- Current
Immediate Past President
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Current
https://www.ncaj.com/index.cfm?pg=Leadership
President
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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President Elect
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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ncaj.com
Vice President - Communications
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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Education
Campbell University
J.D. (1992) | Juris Doctorate (JD) - Law School
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Honors: Academic Scholarship. Book Award "Jurisprudence"
North Carolina State University
B.A. (1988) | Political Science
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Awards
Order of Service
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
While we have the “Ebbie Awards” which recognize members who go above and beyond in their commitment, dedica?on and service to NCAJ, the Order of Service is a broader recogni?on of members who have given generously of their ?me and talent to NCAJ by serving a minimum of two areas. These areas include amicus brief wri?ng, wri?ng manuscripts and speaking at CLE seminars, ac?vely serving on commi?ees, wri?ng ar?cles for Trial Briefs, chairing educa?onal programs, wri?ng for various NCAJ publica?on projects, chairing sec?ons or divisions, among other things. The goal of this recogni?on is to let those of you who give so much of your ?me know how much we appreciate you and to encourage others to join your ranks!
Order of Service
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Continuing Legal Education Co-Chair / Program Host NCSCCLE DWI/DUI Continuing Education
Order of Service
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Continuing Legal Education
Order of Service
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Ebbie Award
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Immediate Past President
- Current
DUIDLA DUI DEFENSE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Founding Member
- Current
Activities: Continuing Legal Education
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
President
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
President Elect
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Activities: Finance & Personnel, Chair Nominating & Awards Committee, Chair
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Vice President - Communications
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Publications
Articles & Publications
North Carolina DWI
Self Published
North Carolina DWI
Self Published
Speaking Engagements
Trial Skills Workshops - Cross Examination, WINNING DUI TRIALS with a Little Southern Charm, Charleston, South Carolina
DUIDLA DUI DEFENSE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
http://duidla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-Revised-Charleston-brochure.pdf
Courtroom Preparation & Defense Perspective - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing SFST - Law Enforcement, SFST Training - Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office
Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department
An Ethical Guide to Old School and New School Communication Skills, Mecklenburg County Bar - "Google for Practitioners", Charlotte, North Carolina
Mecklenburg County Bar
https://www.meckbar.org/UserFiles/files/alison/FinalFlyer012716.pdf
Breath Testing - Science Behind the Devices, DWI & DUI Advocacy - Masters of DWI, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
https://www.ncaj.com/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=25138&evSubAction=viewMonth&calmonth=201509
Attacking the Science in DWI Cases, 2015 UNC School of Government: Spring Public Defender and Investigator Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina School of Government
THE GIANTS SPEAK, NCAJ - Criminal Masters of Advocacy, Wilmington, North Carolina
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
https://www.ncaj.com/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=11869&evSubAction=listAll
Controlled Drinking SFST Demonstration - DWI DUI Impaired Driving Emerging Topics & Legislative Efforts, NCSCCLE - Momentum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
NCSCCLE
Certifications
Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist - "Criminal Trial Advocacy"
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification / National Board of Trial Advocacy (See: http://www.nblsc.us/criminal_law/)
Videos
Underage Possession of Alcohol Charges in NC

What happens if Jr got a ticket for "Underage Possession of Alcohol" or other criminal charges in North Carolina?

Why do you like practicing law in South Carolina?

York County attorney John Landreth talks about practicing criminal defense law in Rock Hill, SC

Criminal Defense Lawyer Rock Hill SC

Criminal Defense Lawyers Near Me in Rock Hill SC

Carolina Rape Sex Offense Charges

Carolina Rape Sex Offense Charges

Accident cases in Rock Hill SC - Are There Jury Trials for car wreck cases in South Carolina?

Accident cases in Rock Hill SC - Are There Jury Trials for car wreck cases in South Carolina?

Is Larceny a Felony or Misdemeanor in South Carolina?

Is Larceny a Felony or Misdemeanor in South Carolina?

Can I be charged with Driving While License Revoked if they didn't pull me over in Charlotte NC?

Can I be charged with Driving While License Revoked if they didn't pull me over in Charlotte NC?

Is larceny a felony in North Carolina?

Is larceny a felony in North Carolina?

Can I make payments for legal fees?

Can I make payments for legal fees in Rock Hill SC?

What are legal fees for a Carolina criminal case?

What are legal fees for a Carolina criminal case in York County, South Carolina?

What happens if I have a warrant?

Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers - What is a warrant? What is an OFA? What happens if you have an Order for Arrest in Charlotte NC

What happens if I go to court by myself?

Can I get a continuation? What is a continuance? How does court work in North Carolina? Can you get a continuance if you haven't been able to find a lawyer? What is administrative court in Charlotte NC?

What should I do about an old traffic ticket?

What happens if you forget about a traffic ticket? What can be done? Can I just pay it off? Should I try to go to court by myself? What are my legal options? Should I talk to a lawyer? How can an attorney help with NC Traffic Tickets?

How can a lawyer help with assault charges?

Do I need a criminal defense lawyer for assault charges? What is an assault in North Carolina? What's the difference between assault and battery? Charlotte Criminal Defense Lawyer goes over some of the basics of assault charges in North Carolina court.

Can a lawyer help me with drug trafficking charges?

What is Drug Trafficking? Is it different in North Carolina? What is the difference before State and Federal charges?

Why lawyers offer free legal advice and consultations

Does it really matter? Does your legal issue really merit or deserve speaking to an attorney? Is it really that big of a deal? Can you trust the internet? Can't you just figure it out, maybe wing it, and handle the case yourself?

4 Things should know about why lawyers help

4 Things You Should Know About How Lawyers Help. Can you represent yourself with legal matters? Should you? Does it make sense to trust things that are on the internet? What value are message boards in answering legal questions? Do lawyers charge for consultations? What are your options?

Should I pay off my South Carolina ticket?

Should I pay off my South Carolina ticket?

In sex cases what is the difference between civil and criminal court?

In sex cases what is the difference between civil and criminal court? North Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer Bill Powers talks about how sex offense and sexual abuse cases are handled.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER BILL POWERS

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER BILL POWERS

North Carolina DWI Lawyer Bill Powers

North Carolina DWI Lawyer Bill Powers

How do they test for alcohol?

How do they test for alcohol?

What happens with an ignition interlock?

What is an Ignition Interlock? What are my options in North Carolina? How does an Interlock work? North Carolina DWI Law information

Is the handheld breath test reliable?

North Carolina Breath Testing. AlcoSensor. Are roadside breath tests reliable? Are they admissible? When and why can they be used?

When Can Police Pat You Down?

What is a "Pat Down Search?" Are They Legal? What is Required of Police to do a Search. North Carolina Criminal Law Issues. Attorney Bill Powers gives information on Search and Seizure Issues in North Carolina.

Punishments and Sentencing in DWI Charges

Attorney Bill Powers talks about DWI Impaired Driving Sentencing in North Carolina. How Does It Work? What Factors are Considered? What are the DWI Levels in North Carolina? What are Grossly Aggravating Factors?

What Happens When I Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

What Happens When I Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer? How Are Legal Fees Set? Consultations. What To Expect When You Call a Lawyer. What is a Confidential Consultation? Are There Legal Fees on an Initial Consultation?

Powers McCartan Legal Help

North Carolina Legal Help. Serious Felony Charges, Misdemeanor Offenses, DWI DUI Impaired Driving. Attorney Bill Powers. Confidential, Free Initial Consultation: 704-342-4357

ARE MIRANDA RIGHTS REQUIRED?

What Are Miranda Rights and Are Miranda Rights Required?

DUI EXPERT TESTIMONY IN NORTH CAROLINA

DUI Expert Testimony in North Carolina - NC LAW TALK

NC LAW TALK June 2014 - Episode 1 - DUI DWI in North Carolina

NC LAW TALK June 2014 - Episode 1 - DUI DWI in North Carolina

Bill Powers and Mike Daisley: Evaluating Damages From DWI

Evaluating Damages in DWI Impaired Driving Wreck Cases.

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93 Questions Answered

Q. Can you be charged for felony breaking and entering the building of a coin opperated landry mat that is open to the publ
A: GREAT QUESTION That's certainly interesting. More information would likely be helpful, especially regarding what happened once inside the coin-operated laundry. Given all the different possibilities, it likely is going to take a longer conversation with a lawyer to review things for a more thorough answer. Here's more info on NC Larceny charges: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/larceny-embezzlement-fraud.html Best bet: Seek legal representation ASAP. All the best! Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. I need to get an ID for my job but I have an order for arrest for Litter/not 15lbs and violation of court order for not
A: Good Question Normally DMV doesn't arrest people for the outstanding process (OFA Order for Arrest or Criminal Summons). I have heard of cases where they've (DOT/DMV) called law enforcement, especially if someone drove on a revoked license or appears impaired at the DMV Office. In any event, it makes sense to retain legal counsel. Not sure why a Magistrate would say, "Just take care of it." Suspect something more is going on, as that's where one would normally turn themselves in for an outstanding warrant or service of a criminal summons. More info on What is an OFA - Order for Arrest in North Carolina: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/blog/how-to-strike-an-order-for-arrest/ Best bet would be to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer ASAP. All the best! Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. Cops mistakenly returned evidence to me
A: GREAT QUESTION First and foremost, Rockingham NC is still somewhat "small town" NC. Law enforcement, even in Richmond County NC, can and do review internet postings. So it makes sense to limit public posts Justia or other legal message board, especially regarding very specific fact patterns and allegations of criminal charges. And because of that, the best thing to do is to sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney, where attorney-client privilege allows for a full and confidential discussion of your legal options. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia cases in North Carolina can get a bit complicated. That's because HOW the paraphernalia is used, and for what controlled substance(s), can make a BIG DIFFERENCE. More info on the NC Paraphernalia Laws, check out: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/drug-paraphernalia-possession.html You may want to give George Crump in Rockingham NC a call. He has a substantial amount of legal experienced (40 years!) helping people with allegations of criminal charges, felony or misdemeanor, in Richmond County. https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/28380-nc-george-crump-1744440.html If you talk to George, tell him, "Bill Powers in Charlotte says hey." All the best! Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. Was buying a car had it insured used my tags to test drive the car from my other car was in accident got fictiactious ta
A: Need more info, specially the nature and type of the criminal charges or NC traffic ticket. IF it involves some sort of "unsafe movement" violation in Orange County NC, there may be legal options available. In Mecklenburg County, we often present proof of insurance coverage for the claim and seek dismissal of the UNIFORM CITATION. The NC traffic laws define that as: The driver of any vehicle upon a highway or public vehicular area before starting, stopping or turning from a direct line shall first see that such movement can be made in safety, and if any pedestrian may be affected by such movement shall give a clearly audible signal by sounding the horn, and whenever the operation of any other vehicle may be affected by such movement, shall give a signal as required in this section, plainly visible to the driver of such other vehicle, of the intention to make such movement. The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic. See also: https://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_20/GS_20-154.html Experienced defense lawyers may call that a "Coverage Letter" or "Acceptance of Liability Insurance Letter." Each county is different, as are the individual preferences of the elected District Attorney. Sam Coleman and James Rainsford are both EXCELLENT attorneys in Chapel Hill NC and help people throughout Orange County. They're also really nice guys and friends. You may want to give them a ring at: http://hillsboroughnclaw.com/ If you talk to either Sam or James, please tell them, "Bill Powers in Charlotte says hey." Best of luck to you! Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. Hello. On the 4th of July I went to a railroad bridge to jump off and swim. What is the normal punishment for this type
A: GOOD QUESTION Need more info. Are you asking for info on NC criminal laws? We've had success in the past obtaining a favorable result with trespassing cases; but, a LOT depends on the nature and circumstances of the offense. The DA's Office also considers things like prior history, warnings, relative level of danger, etc., in exercising their discretion in pursuing both felony or criminal charges in NC. ONE WOULD REASONABLY ASSUME THESE ARE MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL CHARGES, without more info. General trespassing info in North Carolina: § 14-159.13. Second degree trespass. (a) Offense. - A person commits the offense of second degree trespass if, without authorization, he enters or remains on premises of another: (1) After he has been notified not to enter or remain there by the owner, by a person in charge of the premises, by a lawful occupant, or by another authorized person; or (2) That are posted, in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, with notice not to enter the premises. (b) Classification. - Second degree trespass is a Class 3 misdemeanor Info on RAILROAD trespassing, which is also a Class 3 Misdemeanor: § 14-280.1. Trespassing on railroad right-of-way. (a) Offense. – A person commits the offense of trespassing on railroad right-of-way if the person enters and remains on the railroad right-of-way without the consent of the railroad company or the person operating the railroad or without authority granted pursuant to State or federal law. (b) Crossings. – Nothing in this section shall apply to a person crossing the railroad right-of-way at a public or private crossing. (c) Legally Abandoned Rights-of-Way. – This section shall not apply to any right-of-way that has been legally abandoned pursuant to an order of a federal or State agency having jurisdiction over the right-of-way and is not being used for railroad services. (d) Classification. – Trespassing on railroad right-of-way is a Class 3 misdemeanor. Bill Powers NC Criminal Defense Lawyer CarolinaAttorneys.com
Q. Failure to yield right of way while making a left turn to a car engaged in an unlawful maneuver. Is this negligence?
A: That's a bit complicated. More info into the specifics would be helpful and the best way to do that is a formal consultation with Durham County lawyer. North Carolina is one of the few remaining states in the entire country that still has CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE. Indeed, there are several different protections against negligence claims that are for the benefit of insurance companies. In a contributory negligence state, the plaintiff is barred from recovering if he or she acted negligently and contributed to the accident at all. A plaintiff can be barred from recovering for being 1% or more at fault for an accident. Historically, contributory negligence was the rule in all states, leading to harsh results. Many states developed and adopted comparative negligence laws. Today, the jurisdictions that still use contributory negligence are Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. In a state that follows contributory negligence, fault can be a very challenging issue in a lawsuit. For example, if a plaintiff is speeding in her car and another car cuts her off, she will not be able to recover if the jury determines she is even 1% at fault for speeding. Frankly, it's complicated. Best bet: Call a PI lawyer in Durham and see if they'd be interested in giving a free case evaluation. (PI stands for Personal Injury). Sorry y'all are going through this tough time. All the best to you and your husband! Bill Powers Charlotte Car Accident Lawyer
Q. Under new NC expungement laws is a deferred prosecution considered a dismissal ? And can I get it expunged ?
A: GREAT QUESTION Deferred prosecution is a methodology of getting a dismissal. One would want to confirm, upon the completion of the program and it's individual requirements, the dismissal is actually entered. Thereafter, assuming the record is properly updated in the AOC Administrative Office of the Courts system, it may become a matter eligible for filing a Petition for Expunction. That does NOT happen automatically, either through completion of deferred or dismissal of the case. Here's a sample NC Petition for Expungement that provides some background info: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Petition-and-Order-of-Expunction.pdf It really helps to have a lawyer to work through this kind of thing. Sometimes the filings can be done by mail (we do that all the time) and generally do not require a formal court appearance. Bill Powers NC Criminal Defense: Guilford Rowan Mecklenburg and Union County NC CarolinaAttorneys.com
Q. What are requirements for a malpractice suite?
A: Depends on the type of case. In North Carolina, there are VERY STRICT filing requirements and deadlines for claims of Medical Negligence. Introduction to Rule 9(j). In 1995, the North Carolina General Assembly created Rule 9(j) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure to require medical malpractice complaints to include an assertion that the “medical care” was reviewed by a qualified professional willing to testify that the acts or omissions fell below the standard of care. Closely tied to this requirement, North Carolina Rule of Evidence 702 was also amended to include various qualifications for experts testifying in North Carolina courts. The prefiling certification requirement of Rule 9(j) was designed to prevent frivolous medical malpractice litigation. Since its effective date of October 1, 1996, however, it has been the source of over 100 published and unpublished opinions attempting to interpret its undefined provisions, reconcile it with other civil procedure rules, and address other questions of applicability. Bill Powers
Q. Can a police officer issue a citation later after not charging initially?
A: Good question. 1. Informing is DANGEROUS; and, 2. A citation may still be issued, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can still prove the case. One would necessarily need to know what, if any evidence was seized and kept as evidence. Put simply, it's complicated. Makes sense to retain a Wake County lawyer. FanneyLaw.com John Fanney in Raleigh in excellent. He's also a SUPER nice guy and a good friend. Please say "hey" if you talk to him. Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
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Powers Landreth PLLC
Charlotte NC Main Office
2412 Arty Ave
Charlotte, NC 28208
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Telephone: (704) 342-4357
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1057 E Morehead St #100B
Charlotte, NC 28204
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