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Now or Never – DWI Expunction

Friday, September 25th, 2015

NO EraserAs a prelude to this text, please keep in mind that we are referencing DWIs currently eligible for expunction (i.e., those convicted of a DWI that were released from supervision 15 or more years ago) under N.C.G.S. § 15A-145.5.

The window of opportunity for having your DWI conviction expunged is closing fast! Under S.L. 2015-150, DWIs will no longer be eligible for expunction in North Carolina as of December 1, 2015. Whether you plan to file a new petition or you have a petition pending, as of December 1st there will be no questions as to whether your request for DWI expungement will be granted or denied.

Interestingly enough, it will be exactly 3 years on December 1, 2015 since North Carolina passed a law permitting the expungement of DWIs, under N.C.G.S. § 15A-145.5—certainly not much time to have your DWI expunged!

We’ve mentioned in previous posts the severity of DWI consequences in North Carolina. If you or someone you know was released from DWI supervision 15 or more years ago, please call us at 910-793-9000 to discuss your expungement eligibility. Here at Collins Law Firm, time is of the essence! Call us today to schedule a consultation.

By Amber Younce, Legal Assistant

A Non-violent Felon’s Right to Bear Firearms

Monday, September 21st, 2015

second-amendment21The North Carolina case Britt v. North Carolina serves as a breakthrough precedent for North Carolinians who lost their right to bear arms due to felony charges. In 1979, Barney Britt plead guilty to PWISD methaqualone (possession with intent to sell and deliver–a central nervous system depressant). He was sentenced to 4 months in prison and probation thereafter. At the end of his sentence in 1987, Mr. Britt’s rights as a North Carolina citizen were fully restored, including the right to bear arms. In 2004, N.C.G.S. §14-415.1 declared it unlawful for any felon to bear any type of firearm despite their reason. Britt sued the state arguing that this new law was unconstitutional. After several hearings and appeals, his case was taken to the Supreme Court where the jury ruled in Britt’s favor. Arguably, Britt served his sentence as a convicted nonviolent felon, and 30 years later had not committed any crime despite that he possessed firearms. Ultimately, Britt had “affirmatively demonstrated that he is not among the class of citizens who pose a threat to public peace and safety” and therefore, a regulation that prohibited him from possessing a firearm could not be “fairly related to the preservation of public peace and safety.”

A year after the Supreme Court ruled in Britt’s favor, North Carolina General Assembly enacted N.C.G.S. §14-415.4, allowing a person convicted of a nonviolent felon to bear firearms, as long as they are in compliance with the statute criteria (i.e., having served their sentence, convicted of only one felony—or multiple felonies arising from the same event, etc). The law took effect on February 1, 2011.

It will be interesting to see how North Carolina’s new law will be observed nationally. With such controversy over the right for even non-felon citizens to bear arms, it’s likely that many Americans will disagree with this statute. As we know, federal authorities and courts hold the final decision on federal law, but this new law may accomplish the General Assembly’s goal of restoring firearm rights to those convicted of a felony in other states – following the example of North Carolina – if not nationwide.

By Amber Younce, Legal Assistant

Smart Phone Safe Driving Apps

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Over the past few years, thanks to technology advancement, Americans have made cell phone or smart phone use part of their daily lives. Many even consider it a necessity to have their phone on them at all times for work or personal purposes. Cell phones are designed to provide us with the convenience of communication while on the go, and now smart phone owners have access not only to communicate via telephone but they can also access text messaging, emails, music, games, social media, and so much more. Cell phones were created to make life easier and more efficient, but when used irresponsibly, they can have disastrous consequences.

With all of this technology available on a small handheld, it is easy to get distracted, especially if you are behind the wheel of a car. Simply answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds, which is enough time to travel the length of a football field while in a vehicle. Recently there have been many public service announcements, campaigns, and programs developed to help educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving, however many still continue to use their phones while operating a vehicle.

Luckily, developers have found a way to utilize one’s smart phone in a way to which may help distracted drivers focus on the roads. These six smart phone apps are designed to promote safe driving among young drivers, or any driver that wants to help battle the distraction of their phone.


a.       This program will disable texting and emailing on your smart phone. It does so by locking the phone’s screen so no text messages or emails can be sent or read while driving (which is sensed by the app when the car is traveling faster than 5 mph.)

2. Safe Driver

a.       This program will monitor the location and driving practices of young drivers and can alert parents or a third party via text or email when the driver is exceeding a specific speed and will show where infractions occurred.

3. ZoomSafer

a.       This program limits access to email, texting, browsing, and calling when the driver is on the road. It will only allow calls to come through from a specified contact list using an online account for parents or third parties.

4. Drivesafe.ly Pro

a.       This program will read the text and emails aloud and the driver can respond without having to touch a button.

5. Key2SafeDriving

a.       This program will restrict phone use when the car is running and send automated replies to incoming texts. It also gives parents an alert if the driver tries to bypass the device.

6. Steer Clear Mobile

a.       This program teaches drivers proper driving procedures as well as logs drive time, mileage, and road conditions. Young drivers that use this may also be eligible for State Farm Insurance discounts.

However, if you or someone you know does get charged with a crime or traffic violation as a result of distracted driving then call Collins Law Firm for a free consultation at 910-793-9000.

By Rachel Reynolds, Paralegal

New Policy for Underage Drinkers in New Hanover and Pender Counties

Monday, January 12th, 2015

A new policy in the Fifth Prosecutorial District that affects youths charged with underage drinking has gone into effect as of late November of 2014. This new policy will reshape the requirements for those who enter into a deferred prosecution agreement for an underage drinking charge. The goal of this new program is to help young offenders by teaching them the risks and consequences of underage alcohol consumption as well as avoiding a permanent mark on their criminal record. This program will only be offered to first time offenders that have not previously been convicted of any drug or alcohol crimes.

The requirements include, but are not limited to, 12 months of unsupervised probation, observation of DWI Treatment Court, participation in the Youth Offender Course at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Street Safe Alcohol Education Program (followed with an reflection essay), and Community Service.

The eligible offenses for the new Underage Alcohol Deferred Prosecution Program are as follows:









































If you or someone you know has received an underage drinking ticket, or any of the above listed charges in Southeastern North Carolina, then call the experienced team at Collins Law Firm for a confidential consultation at:  910-793-9000.

By Rachel Reynolds,  Paralegal

Expunction of Record – Get a Second Chance

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Generally, the fact that one was charged with a crime remains on their record regardless of the disposition of the charge, unless the charge gets expunged. An expungement in North Carolina is the eradication of one’s criminal record by court order.  The effects of an expunction or expungement are outlined in N.C.G.S. § 15A-153 and include that upon expunction one may truthfully and without committing perjury or false statement deny or refuse to acknowledge that the criminal incident occurred.

Thanks to Hour Bill 1023 which went into effect on December 1, 2012, one can now even get a conviction expunged pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 15A-145.5 as long as the offense was a nonviolent felony or misdemeanor:

(a) For purposes of this section, the term “nonviolent misdemeanor” or “nonviolent felony” means any misdemeanor or felony except the following:

(1) A Class A through G felony or a Class A1 misdemeanor.

(2) An offense that includes assault as an essential element of the offense.

(3) An offense requiring registration pursuant to Article 27A of Chapter 14 of the General Statutes, whether or not the person is currently required to register.

(4) Any of the following sex-related or stalking offenses: G.S. 14-27.7A(b), 14-190.7, 14-190.8, 14-190.9, 14-202, 14-208.11A, 14-208.18, 14-277.3, 14-277.3A, 14-321.1.

(5) Any felony offense in Chapter 90 of the General Statutes where the offense involves methamphetamines, heroin, or possession with intent to sell or deliver or sell and deliver cocaine.

(6) An offense under G.S. 14-12.12(b), 14-12.13, or 14-12.14, or any offense for which punishment was determined pursuant to G.S. 14-3(c).

(7) An offense under G.S. 14-401.16.

(8) Any felony offense in which a commercial motor vehicle was used in the commission of the offense.

In order to qualify for an expunction under N.C.G.S. § 15A-145.5 one may not have other felony or misdemeanor convictions in any state and no previous expunction under this section or under any of the following sections:  N.C.G.S. §§ 15A-145, 15A-145.1, 15A-145.2, 15A-145.3, or 15A-145.4.  Further, a petition for expunction of record under this section shall not be filed earlier than 15 years after the date of the conviction or when any active sentence, period of probation, and post-release supervision has been served, whichever occurs later.  The costs for filing petition under N.C.G.S. § 15A-145.5 is $175.

If you feel you may be eligible to pursue an expungement in New Hanover, Pender, or Brunswick Counties, North Carolina, call Collins Law Firm for a consultation at (910) 793-9000.

By Jana Collins, Office Manager

House Bill 637: Decriminalizing Marijuana

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The U.S. prison population is six to ten times as high as in most Western European nations and many say that this is because of the Unites States War on Drugs. More than 749,000 people were arrested in the United States for marijuana-related offenses alone in the year 2012.

However, while the use, sale, and possession of marijuana in the United States is still illegal, the federal government has declared that a state may pass a law to decriminalize cannabis for recreational use, as long as they have a regulation system in place. Many states have decriminalized the substance to certain degrees, other states have created exemptions specifically for medical marijuana, and some have done both. Colorado and Washington are two states that have legalized the recreational use of cannabis following the approval of state referendum in the 2012 elections.

In April 2013, North Carolina State Representative Kelly Alexander, who earlier in 2013 pushed unsuccessfully for medical marijuana, introduced a new bill: House Bill 637. Alexander has said that it would bring North Carolina in line with a number of other states; but marijuana decriminalization bills have not fared too well in North Carolina in the past.  House Bill 637 is a part of North Carolina’s Marijuana Policy Project and has passed its first reading and is now set to be heard by the state Judiciary Committee which will carry over from 2013 to 2014 when the legislature reconvenes.

Currently in North Carolina, the law is that it is a crime to knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana (including small amounts for personal use). Penalties vary according to the amount possessed. (N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 90-95.) The penalties include:

•                         Up to one half of an ounce – a fine of up to $200, up to 30 days in jail, or both.

•                         Between one half ounce and one and a half ounces – a fine of up to $500, between one and 120 days in jail, or both. The judge may order probation or community service in addition to, or  in lieu of some or all of the jail time.

•                         One-and-a-half ounces or more – a fine of $500 or more, up to one year in jail, or both.

It will also be a criminal conviction on a person’s record.

Under House Bill 637, being charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana would only be considered a civil infraction with a fine – no longer would a sentencing history nor a criminal record interfere with one’s forthcoming in life. This bill would also allow past offenders to be able to have their records expunged.

Many North Carolina residents are in favor of the proposed bill and hope that it will get passed. A Public Policy Poll taken in March, 2013 indicated that 56 percent of those surveyed in North Carolina think the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized.

For the sake of patients, North Carolina lawmakers should at least consider to study medical marijuana as suggested by another bill introduced by Republican Alexander on April 11, 2014 – bill H941 – A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT REQUIRING THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION TO STUDY ISSUES RELATED TO THE MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS.

At Collins Law Firm we handle marijuana related and other drug charges in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender County, and we have successfully defended clients charged with all types of drug and alcohol offenses. The experienced and compassionate team at Collins Law Firm is here for you – just a phone call away at 910-793-9000.

By Rachel R. Reynolds, Paralegal at Collins Law Firm

Motorcycle Safety Act

Friday, December 27th, 2013

North Carolina is fortunate to be the hot spot to many tourists because of it’s southern beaches, historical sites, and beautiful landscape. Another attraction that North Carolina is naturally endowed with are some of the greatest motorcycle rides in America that attract bikers from all over. A popular one on the Eastern side of North Carolina is the Topsail Loop ride- which travels from Jacksonville NC to Topsail NC passing over the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and traveling through Surf City, NC. With an increase of bikers on the roads, North Carolina decided to pass a new motorcycle safety law, to be effective October 1st, 2013, which will increase penalties for unsafe movements by drivers that threaten the property and safety of motorcyclists. This law, titled the Motorcycle Safety Act, which will change the reading of G.S. 20-154 to read as rewritten:


SECTION 5. (a) G.S. 20-154 reads as rewritten:

Ҥ 20-154. Signals on starting, stopping or turning.


A person who violates subsection (a) of this section and causes a motorcycle operator to change travel lanes or leave that portion of any public street or highway designated as travel lanes shall be responsible for an infraction and shall be assessed a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00). A person who violates subsection (a) of this section that results in a crash causing property damage or personal injury to a motorcycle operator or passenger shall be responsible for an infraction and shall be assessed a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) unless

subsection (a2) of this section applies.


A person who violates subsection(a) of this section and the violation results in a crash causing property damage in excess of five thousand dollars ($5,000)or a serious bodily injury as defined in G.S.20-160.1(b)to a motorcycle operator or passenger shall be responsible for an infraction and shall be assessed a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00). A violation of this subsection shall be treated as a failure to yield right-of-way to a motorcycle for purposes of assessment of points under G.S.20-16(c).In addition, the trial judge shall have the authority to order the license of any driver violating this subsection suspended for a period not to exceed 30 days. If a judge orders suspension of a person’s drivers license pursuant to this subsection, the judge may allow the licensee a limited driving privilege for a period not to exceed the period ofsuspension. The limited driving privilege shall be issued in the same manner and under the terms and conditions prescribed in G.S.20-16.1(b)(1),(2), (3), (4), (5), and G.S.20-16.1(g).

With this new act, we encourage those who are charged with an unsafe movement citation to contact an attorney, especially is the charge is in connection with a motorcyclist. If you or someone you know receives a traffic ticket or gets charged with a crime in or around Wilmington, NC in New Hanover County, Brunswick County (Bolivia, NC), or Pender County (Burgaw, NC) call Collins Law Firm at: 910-793-9000910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation.

2013 Thanksgiving Travel

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Year after year during the Thanksgiving holiday period we experience one of the most travel heavy times of the year.  This year a large storm threatens our Thanksgiving holiday travel and may require a lot of patience while on the roads.

This year, the North Carolina Highway Patrol along with numerous state police agencies will be patrolling along the I-40 corridor in an attempt to ensure a safe and uneventful driving environment through constant visibility.

In addition to the presence of law enforcement, motorists are urged to inform the State Highway Patrol at *Hp or at *47 of any careless or reckless driving they may observe.

Also, law enforcement all over North Carolina launched the Thanksgiving “Click it or Ticket” campaign, which will last through Sunday, December 1, 2013 in order to crack down on drivers who do not wear their seat belts.

While during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday, 11 fatal crashes and 432 injury collisions occurred, our law enforcement is hopeful to save lives and prevent injuries.

Spend this Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and or family, enjoy your turkey and pumpkin pie, and have a few drinks if you wish, but please, be patient in this holiday traffic and if you drink, do not drive – take a cab or have a designated driver.

Remember, should you receive a traffic ticket, get into a fender bender, serious accident, or receive a DUI/DWI this Thanksgiving holiday, call us at (910) 793-9000(910) 793-9000 .

By Jana Collins

School Bus Safety Act

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

In just a few weeks a new law will be going into effect in North Carolina called “The Hassani N. Wesley Students’ School Bus Safety Act.” This act was passed earlier this year, but is scheduled to come into effect on December 1st, 2013. This bill will ultimately create harsher penalties for North Carolina drivers who illegally pass school buses.

The name of the bill originated from the unfortunate death of 11-year old, Hassani N. Wesley, who tragically died in December 2012 in Forsyth County, as he was struck by a vehicle which made an illegal pass of a stopped school bus. Unfortunately Hassani Wesley has not been the only fatality this calendar year – on October 17th, 2013 MaKinzy Smith, a Rowan County teen was killed after he was hit by a car while crossing a two-lane road northeast of Salisbury to board his bus. Makinzy Smith’s death marked the 5th fatality from school bus-related collisions this year and the 13th student killed since 1998 in North Carolina after motorists illegally passed or did not heed a bus’s stop sign arm.

It goes without saying that everyone, state educators, politicians, and transportation authorities are welcoming the new law in hopes that the stricter punishments will change this growing statistic.

Pursuant to the current state law it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus  when a school bus’ mechanical stop arm is out or flashing red lights are on. Passing a stopped school bus is categorized as a misdemeanor, and if convicted, the driver will receive 5 points on their license and up to a $200 fine. However, if a driver strikes an individual it is categorized as a Class I felony and if the accident results in death it is then a Class H felony.

On December 1st, 2013, under the Hassani N. Weslet Students’ School Bus Safety Act, a driver who passes a stopped school bus will be charged with a Class I misdemeanor and receive a minimum fine of $500 – a substantial increase from the previous $200 maximum.  In case of a second conviction under this new law within a three-year period one will have their driver’s license revoked for one year. If one is charges with a violation of this new law, they are not eligible for a prayer for judgment (P.J.C.) continued under any circumstances.

If you or anyone you know is charged with passing a stopped school bus, before or after December 1st, 2013 then please contact Collins Law Firm at 910-793-9000910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation.

By Rachel Reynolds, Paralegal at Collins Law Firm

Increased Law Enforcement Crackdown on Fourth of July Rowdy Celebration on Masonboro Island

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

The Wilmington Star News recently reported that there are additional precautions in place for this year’s annual Fourth of July bash on Masonboro Island which will be focused on public safety. However, Richard Johnson founder of Masonboro.org, which is a volunteer organization dedicated to protect public access to the island, says as conservationists their group has solved the problem of leftover trash – by assuming responsibility for removing it.  Mr. Johnson said that the “amount of trash we picked up two years ago was 2,500 pounds. Last year, it was 4,000. . . . I don’t like it, but if the party is going to be there and the trash is going to be left behind, Masonboro.org is going to be there to clean it up.”

Trash and beer cans left on the island is the most visible remnant of the party, according to the Wilmington Star News (the Star News).  The annual event draws hundreds of revelers to the island each year. The Star News reported that many get to the festivities by hitching rides on boats with people they don’t know and are left stranded on the island after the party, with no way back to the mainland. Last year, nearly 1,500 people came to party, resulting in a handful of drunken fistfights and more than 130 injuries requiring medical attention.

Wilmington Star News reported that David Cignotti, mayor of Wrightsville Beach said:  “It’s important that all the agencies talk and coordinate, and that’s what we’ve attempted to do. . . . Adding additional police protection there will probably help temper some folks and some of their activities. We’re going to be getting out early, because a lot of folks will get picked up on Wrightsville Beach and transported over, and we’re going to crack down on that activity. . . .  To take money and take people over there, you need a business license from the town, and you should not be using our public parks to take people over there.”

If the stepped up preventative efforts fail to alleviate the problems despite the outreach efforts and increased security, state agencies may pursue other control measures. Masonboro.org members have bristled at the possibility of new regulations for reserve sites that could change the way residents are able to use the island, saying that people who visit the shore responsibly shouldn’t be punished for the antics of out-of-towners occurring on one day each year.  Collins Law Firm agrees. “We heard resoundingly from our membership that they felt they shouldn’t be penalized,” Johnson said. “We really are pretty passionate about keeping things the way they are.”

The local paper at Wrightsville Beach, The Lumina News reported that water taxis transporting revelers to Masonboro Island for the Fourth of July will be under increased scrutiny this year as the Wrightsville Beach Police Department hopes to eradicate private individuals from operating illegal water taxis.

The Lumina News reported that in the past, Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said that “when boaters offer to carry passengers to and from private and public docks around Wrightsville Beach to Masonboro Island in exchange for money it contributes to the issues on both islands . . . [and] that he thinks the situation will be better managed than last year. . . . That bleed-over that we get from Masonboro is what we are trying to shut down. . . . [p]eople come back over here, usually drunk and causing problems so we are going to really focus on the water taxis.”

Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Tim Owens indicated that the Town has not issued any business licenses for water taxis anyone operating a taxi will be in violation of a town ordinance. Also the United States Coast Guard could charge operators in violation with federal law if they don’t have a captain’s license. Chief House reportedly said that his officers did not begin patrolling the docks and actively searching for water taxis until around 11 a.m. after which time many partiers had already been ferried to the island.

The Lumina News reported that this year a command center will be set up at the United States Coast Guard Station at Wrightsville Beach comprised of representatives from the Wrightsville Beach Police Department, the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue, the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the New Hanover County Emergency Management, the New Hanover County Fire Department and the New Hanover Regional Emergency Medical Services. From the command center, Chief House indicated that all organizations involved would be able to more effectively deal with unruly situations that may arise on Masonboro Island.

Chief House also said that on the Wrightsville Beach strand, he expects more citations for alcohol and glass on the beach to be issued. The Lumina News wrote that Chief House said due to the increased signage indicating the prohibition of glass and other banned substances: “There is no way anyone can walk out on the beach without seeing it,” he said. “If they come from a private residence they could say that but … we are going to be reluctant to uphold any appeals if their excuse is, ‘I didn’t know.’”

Illegal fireworks are also a typical issue for law enforcement to deal with on the Fourth of July evenings. Chief House said that this year his department would be working with officers from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the District Attorney’s office to increase law enforcement to stop the use of such fireworks on the Fourth of July.   The Lumina News reported that Chief House said “Our policy in the past has been to go over there, ask whose fireworks they are and nine times out of 10 nobody claims them so we seize them, because they are illegal, and turn everything over to ATF,” he said. “There are certain areas we know have fireworks on the island that we have had problems with; and we have already spoken with either the homeowners or businesses and let them know … just to give them a fair warning so hopefully it will go better than it has in the past.”

The Fourth of July is America’s Birthday.  On July 4th, 1776, our founding fathers formally executed the Declaration of Independence, which formally declared the revolt and refusal to submit to the abusive exercise of authority of our previous supreme ruler:  Great Britain.  The Declaration of Independence in its conclusion proclaimed:  We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Today’s events are part of our country’s celebration of the founding of our country.  Today is the 237th anniversary of the our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.

In response to the recent reports of dramatically increased efforts by law enforcement and other organizations to put an end to the rowdy celebrations on Masonboro Island during, and presumably more specifically to the threat of imposition of regulations restricting access to the island, Richard Johnson, the founder of Masonboro.org, wrote a letter to the editor of the Wilmington Star News which was published in late June, 2013.  Here is a reprint of Mr. Johnson’s letter the editor:

In the recent article about officials cracking down on the annual island bash, state officials made some key points that could shape public opinion. Unfortunately, these points were just not true. The first one states that the party wreaks havoc on the island … not true. The party takes place on a small spit of land on the north end that represents less than .01 percent of the island. The second point mentions heaps of trash scooped up the next day by Coastal Reserve staff members. For the last three years, Masonboro.org has handed out trash bags and removed trash during the party. When the party is over, the trash is gone. There are no huge piles of trash left behind. Last year over 50 Masonboro.org members – with the help of Waste Management – removed and recycled 4,000 pounds of trash. I am also skeptical about the mention of 130 injuries. Our volunteers only saw a handful of people seeking out medical attention. Most of these were from stepping on oyster shells.  Finally, we take issue with the statement: “This is the last place this type of activity should be occurring.” While we are not a big fan of the party, we are passionate about keeping the island open to the public. The overwhelming majority of the kids over there behave as good citizens. Those who break a law while on the island should be removed and arrested.  When state officials present misleading facts that could shape public opinion against public access, it is an injustice to all the people who use the island responsibly all year long.  By:  Richard Johnson, Wilmington

Collins Law Firm supports the efforts of Masonboro.org, and encourages everyone to behave and party responsibly and safely not only on the Fourth of July, but always.  However, if you or someone you know receive a traffic ticket or get charged with a crime in or around Wilmington, NC in New Hanover County, Brunswick County (Bolivia, NC), or Pender County (Burgaw, NC) call Collins Law Firm at: 910-793-9000910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation.