Category archives for: Belal Elrahal

Seeing For Yourself

Seeing for Yourself February 10, 2016 will mark one year since Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, three young Muslims in Chapel Hill were killed by their neighbor. In the last year, Islam has increasingly been at the forefront of political speeches and dinner table discussions. From the shooters in San Bernadino, to mosques […]

Government Bans Don’t Work on Criminals

We’ve all heard the saying, and we know it’s true. No matter what the Government decides is right, a motivated criminal will not listen. Government bans only place heavier burdens on law abiding citizens and make it more difficult to live our lives freely. Previous attempts at regulation have shown some success, but just as […]

Marriage: before God and Government

Having recently gotten engaged, and with new the “Magistrate Opt-Out” Bill, I thought it would be a good idea to break down the idea of marriage and show what roles the different parts play when someone gets married. I’ll start with a basic premise everyone can agree with: the first step in “being married” is […]

DWI Sentencing

The crime of Driving While Impaired, or DWI’s, are a unique crime in our system for a few reasons. Legally, it’s worse than any misdemeanor, but it doesn’t count as a felony either. In terms of sentencing, DWI’s actually have their own specific rules altogether. Part of this is because it’s unique socially as well. […]

Powers of Attorney

In a County this size, every voice is its own bullhorn. Every person can be an inspiration to their neighbors and coworkers. A little work goes a long way- we just all need to believe that the work is worth it.

Why do we punish?

Jail time. Fines. Probation. Community Service. Substance Abuse classes. Counseling. All these are different sentences the Judge can give after you’re found guilty of a crime. Understanding the goals behind which sentence is picked goes a long way in helping us, as attorneys, persuade the judge of what the sentence should be.

A Shotgun Separation

I had a professor in law school say once that the law makes it really easy for people to get married, really difficult to get divorced, and that it should be the other way around. Whether or not you agree, it is true that the law of divorce can get to be complicated.

Community Questions

I’ve received some questions in response to the column over the last few weeks, and they’ve all been great! I was able to reach out to the people directly and answer them, but I thought it would be a good idea to write about them here as well. .Our first question is pretty practical for […]

Wills and The Law

What if I don’t have a Will? It’s a question I get a lot, and something many people think about. The statute can be a little complicated to understand, and it’s not easy or cheap to meet with a lawyer just to get some basic information or peace of mind. Let’s start at the bottom: […]

A Look At Our Court’s Structure

To get familiar with what goes on in our Courthouse, let’s start with how cases are divided and what the structure is like. These are the broad strokes, just the basics-  some of these categories are not 100% set in stone. Our Court System is divided into two halves, the Criminal and the Civil. The […]


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