Suing an Out-of-State Party

by Mark Hayes | April 2, 2016 |

Attorney Mark Hayes represented an out-of-state corporation in a recent breach of contract case. The case was eventually dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction over the corporation, and on appeal Hayes defended the corporation’s trial win on the grounds of … Continue reading

Evidence of a Defendant’s Prior Bad Acts

by Mark Hayes | March 11, 2016 |

Attorney Mark Hayes recently handled an appeal that points out the complexity and importance of Rule 404 and “prior bad acts” evidence. Rule 404 often governs whether or not a defendant’s prior record can be held against him in a … Continue reading

Scalia Memorabilia

by Mark Hayes | February 23, 2016 |

While Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court was a divisive figure on many issues, I hope we can all agree that he was a great defender of our 4th Amendment rights to privacy. Here is a bit of … Continue reading

Evidence: To Admit or To Exclude?

by Mark Hayes | February 15, 2016 |

Most readers will admit to watching, or at least having seen, television shows about trial lawyers. Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Law & Order – the list goes on. In those shows, a trial lawyer will demonstratively stand up and … Continue reading

The Structure of the North Carolina Court System

by Mark Hayes | January 23, 2016 |

The North Carolina Court System can be confusing.  What’s the difference between District Court and Superior Court?  How does the Court of Appeals relate to the N.C. Supreme Court?  Why is there a state court system and a federal court … Continue reading

Why Do Expert Witnesses Matter?

by Mark Hayes | December 31, 2015 |

Attorneys often emphasize the importance of having strong expert witnesses, whether the witness is testifying in a criminal case, a division of marital assets in a divorce, a contract dispute over unpaid employee wages, or any other legal matter. Having … Continue reading

When It’s Wrong, Make It Right

by Mark Hayes | December 10, 2015 |

For readers who have watched one of the dozen legal television shows that have been popular in recent years, they may get the impression that every case turns on some tiny but technically important detail.  That is true in some … Continue reading

Understanding Damages

by Mark Hayes | November 30, 2015 |

Attorneys are responsible for understanding proper damages in a legal matter: the amount and type of damages to claim in a lawsuit or whether the amount of damages awarded by a court should be challenged as unreasonable, unjust, or inequitable. … Continue reading

Constitutional Protections from Police (Continued)

by Mark Hayes | November 6, 2015 |

The Fourth Amendment provides another important protection from police. This Amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures. As the Supreme Court concluded, this protection extends to searches and seizures of property and searches and seizures of the person, in … Continue reading

Constitutional Protections from Police

by Mark Hayes | October 20, 2015 |

People commonly misunderstand their obligation to cooperate with police. Frequently, an individual believes that he or she must answer any questions asked by a police officer simply because he or she is interacting with a figure of authority. However, it … Continue reading