Kristen Dewar

Kristen Dewar

The Law Office of Marc T. Joyner, PLLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets...
  • North Carolina
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Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kristen has a Honors B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a J.D. and Certificate in Criminal Advocacy from Charlotte School of Law. Kristen has a passion for details and trivia - she brings that same passion to each client she zealously represents. Her focus is on criminal defense, traffic, landlord/tenant, and personal injury.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Domestic Violence
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Area
  • Expungements
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    We accept contingent fees on plaintiff's personal injury cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We give free consultations on traffic matters!
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
The Law Office of Marc T. Joyner, PLLC
- Current
Legal Intern
The Law Office of Norman Butler
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Legal Extern
Criminal Justice Clinic, Charlotte School of Law
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Legal Extern
Office of the Public Defender, 6th Judicial District, SC
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Legal Intern
McAlpine PLLC
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Education
Charlotte School of Law
J.D. (2015)
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Certificate in Criminal Advocacy
Honors: Cum Laude, Dean's List, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors
University of Toronto
B.A. (2008) | Political Science
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International Relations and Public Policy
Awards
Order of Service
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Professional Associations
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Secretary, Criminal Defense Section
- Current
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
CLE Co-Chair, New Lawyers' Division
- Current
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Member, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
- Current
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Social Committee Member, Young Lawyers' Division
- Current
Cabarrus County Bar Association
Member
- Current
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Member
- Current
Speaking Engagements
State of the Union: Bar Passage, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, NC
BLSA, Charlotte School of Law
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Law Office of Marc T. Joyner, PLLC
Legal Answers
90 Questions Answered

Q. Can i do a poj in NC for misdemeanor larceny? First time offense.
A: You need an attorney to represent you in this case. If you cannot afford to hire one, request to see if you qualify for court-appointed counsel. Just asking for a PJC won't help you here, as even if a judge granted you one, a PJC still counts as a criminal conviction.
Q. Under new NC expungement laws is a deferred prosecution considered a dismissal ? And can I get it expunged ?
A: If you successfully complete deferred prosecution, you will receive a dismissal, which then yes, you can expunge under the updated expungement laws as a dismissal. As you may be aware, the updated law for expunging dismissed charges also removed the previous one per lifetime rule that applied, so it should not matter that you have a prior expunction. I recommend contacting an experienced attorney in the county where you completed deferred prosecution to confirm your eligibility.
Q. I'm currently 22 years old, and I got a level 5 DWI misdemeanor 2 years ago. How soon can I get this expunged?
A: As of July 2015, unfortunately DWI convictions can no longer be expunged.
Q. Should i hire a traffic attorney?
A: Hire an experienced traffic attorney who regularly practices in the county where you received those tickets. Don't try to work it out yourself.
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: I agree with the two other posters - a PJC is (1) not something you just "have" to use, like a get out of jail free card, and (2), it's not even likely the best option for resolving that ticket in Gaston County. A PJC is a judicial remedy - meaning it's in the judge's discretion as to whether to grant one. It's also not one I would even use on a speeding ticket unless I was out of other options. I recommend hiring an experienced traffic attorney who regularly practices in Gaston County who can review your driving record (because the timing of that last SC ticket may matter as well), and can work out the best reduction possible.
Q. 16 yr grandson speeding 86 in 45 Plus racing other car. Can speed be reduced? What should we expect?
A: You should advise your grandson to hire an experienced traffic attorney in the county where he was charged. Your grandson's prior driving record and the District Attorney's office policies will determine whether a reduction is possible. This is 41 over the speed limit, so your grandson is looking a suspension of his driving privileges. I do not recommend your grandson trying to represent himself. You may even see the DA's Office trying to make an example of him, too, due to the extreme high rate of speed. Best option is to hire an experienced traffic attorney who regularly practices in that county to negotiate the best possible deal to try to avoid suspension if possible.
Q. Is a seatbelt ticket considered a moving violation in North Carolina?
A: An adult seatbelt ticket is a non-moving violation in NC, but a child seatbelt ticket IS a moving violation.
Q. I had a DWI in 2001 and have not taken the ADSAP CLASSES . Do I still have to take the classes.
A: If you want your NC driving privileges reinstated, you will need to obtain a substance abuse assessment from an authorized provider and you will need to complete all recommended treatment (AKA the classes). The passage of 17 years has not changed that.
Q. If two people have a restraining order against eachother and they then meet up with eachother/see eachother...
A: They both can be charged with violating the order. Remember, the plaintiff cannot give the defendant permission to violate the order.
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Charlotte
5513 Monroe Rd., Ste. 204
Charlotte, NC 28212
USA
Telephone: (704) 312-2239
Fax: (704) 980-8567
Concord
325 McGill Ave NW #514
Concord, NC 28027
USA
Telephone: (704) 312-2239
Fax: (704) 980-8567