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Law Firm Launches Online Service to Reset Missed Court Dates for Select Cases in Wake County, NC.

14 Jan 2018 02:22

Raleigh, NC

Ian S. Richardson/
Daniel T. Barker
Raleigh, NC law firm Barker Richardson today launched a new service to accept applications online for clients seeking to reset missed court dates. won't work for every case, but certainly many of those set in the Disposition Court will qualify for the terms of the site.

Failure to Appear (termed "FTA") at a properly noticed Court hearing can (and should) cause considerable concern to a defendant; however, if the FTA is properly and quickly addressed, having missed the appearance can be resolved with less stress than one might initially expect.

The first thing to note is that not every missed court date is eligible to be potentially reset through the online service. Recognizing that FTA is a new and separate Misdemeanor, each case of FTA must be subjectively evaluated on its individual merits.  It has been estimated that up to twenty percent of the defendants scheduled to appear on any given day fail to appear to resolve their case in Wake Co. Disposition Court.  Capitalizing on the huge potential savings of Court and Law Enforcement resources, not to mention the stress savings to the defendants themselves, Barker Richardson hopes to streamline the process for defendants to petition the Court to reset their missed cases and avoid the added consequences that might otherwise occur.

The new service adds to the firm's growing list of online-accessible features to help clients resolve Wake County, NC traffic and criminal cases as well as make initial inquiry regarding eligibility for expunction of prior criminal convictions. The firm's expungement site  ( features the NC Expungement Assessment Tool (NCEAT) and outlines the information necessary to expunge cases that have been voluntarily dismissed from an individual's criminal record. The iPlea Intake Form rounds out the firm's online assets and is accessible from the firm's mobile website ( iPlea collects the information necessary to assist clients in resolving traffic citations in many counties across the state.

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"I have believed for a long time that the Internet would continue to grow in importance as a tool for helping lawyers provide legal services to their clients in an efficient and cost effective manner.  In 2001, I Trademarked 'Pioneering E-Legal Solutions' in conjunction with launching the first website where a client could engage an attorney online to assist with resolution of a speeding ticket. I am so pleased to be able to offer our clients another cutting edge tool to serve them in a cost effective, convenient and value-driven way."
  -Daniel T. Barker

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2017 Year-end Philanthropy and The Child's Advocate

31 Dec 2017 14:31

The Child's Advocate
As 2017 comes to a close and you ponder year-end philanthropic opportunities, please consider making a financial gift to The Child's Advocate.  In short, TCA is a special project of the non-profit Legal Aid of North Carolina providing legal representation to children involved in high conflict custody disputes in Wake County, NC.

TCA was founded by retired Wake County attorney Sally Hamilton Scherer and remains a vital resource for children in our Courts.

If you are able, please make your charitable contribution at their website:

"The Child’s Advocate is a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Our core service is to provide attorneys to children in highly contentious family court cases. We are appointed by judges in Wake County Family Court to represent children in cases which usually involve one or more of the following: chronic conflict between the parents, neglect, substance abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, continuing litigation, mental illness, or children with special needs.

Decisions relating to custody and visitation have a critical impact on the lives of the children we serve. Once appointed by the Court, we are attorneys for our child clients, protecting their interests and ensuring their voices are heard.

Attorneys at The Child’s Advocate work with private lawyers and mental health professionals in Wake County to represent every child identified by the Court as needing an independent and zealous advocate.

In the majority of our cases, the Child’s Advocate helps the parents to resolve the custody dispute without the need for a trial. This greatly reduces stress on both the child and the parents, and saves the Court the time and expense of a custody trial.

When a trial is necessary, we give the child a strong and effective voice so that the child’s expressed wishes are considered by the Court. We also increase the ability of the Court to obtain timely and reliable information about the child, the parties and the facts of the case. This allows the Court to make the best decision possible to safeguard the child’s interests."

@LegalAidNC #TheChildsAdvocate @RaleighLawyers
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iPlea system now LIVE in North Carolina

27 Dec 2017 01:51

North Carolina Speeders take heart, there is a little something for your in the new year, thanks to your friends at the Administrative Office of the Courts. Click below to read about the new system and how it might help you resolve your NC speeding ticket.

iPlea system now LIVE in North Carolina

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Barker elected to Board of Directors for Tenth Judicial District and Wake County Bar Associations

19 Dec 2017 12:42

I am honored to have been elected by my colleges to serve on the Board of Directors of the WCBA and Tenth Judicial District Bar for a three year term. Since 1925, the Wake County Bar Association has been serving the public and the profession in Wake County and beyond. 
Membership in the Wake County Bar Association is voluntary for lawyers and judges who practice and reside in Wake County and are engaged in private practice, government service, corporate employment and the judiciary. Currently, there are more than 2,300 members who have chosen to better themselves, the profession and the public by providing better access to and understanding of the legal system.


-To promote a closer union and fellowship among the lawyers and judges of Wake County
-To maintain and promote high standards of professionalism and ethics to further the administration of justice and the improvement of standards for delivery of legal services in Wake County
-To maintain and improve relations with the public and the media
-To educate and enlighten the public and media regarding the work of the legal profession and the administration of justice
-To promote and protect the professional interests of members of the Wake County Bar Association
The Wake County Bar enjoys a rich history as one of the most accomplished local bar associations in the country.  I am humbled by the chance to serve in its leadership.



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New Expunction Forms Available Now Online from North Carolina AOC

1 Dec 2017 12:32

Raleigh, NC

On December 1, 2017, the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts ("AOC") published on their website the updated forms for use in filing petitions for relief under NC's expanded and improved expungement law (N.C.G.S. Section 15A et seq). A short primer on accessing the forms can be found on

Enhancements in the law make it easier for individuals who have prior criminal charges and even some convictions to petition the Court to have prior "criminal" charges expunged from their record.  It is worth noting that the law in North Carolina does not currently allow expunction of ANY "infractions."  Only "criminal charges" (which includes some misdemeanors and even some felonies) are eligible to be expunged.

While some commentators may opine that the law makes it "too easy" for those with past criminal convictions to clear their record, the NC law giving rise to the relief is hardly simple.  The expunction statutes in North Carolina are powerful, potentially life altering tools, but they are not "simple" to employ.

The recent media coverage and general increase in the awareness of expunction laws has fundamentally changed the way many NC lawyers practice criminal law.  Now, at the outset of a representation,  analysis typically begins with the question "Will the defendant be able to eventually have this matter expunged from her record?"  The real power of the expunction laws lies in the fact that even if a person is guilty of a crime, they may, with the skillful use of the expunction statutes, be able to eventually have the entire event wiped away from the their criminal record.

A quick note about terminology.  The following terms are used somewhat interchangeably in the materials and practice of this area of the law:


If you have questions about whether the expunction laws can be utilized to help you or someone else, contact the attorneys at Barker Richardson, PLLC in Raleigh, NC. @RaleighLawyers

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Alert "Lawyers Have A Heart"...and here's proof...

27 Nov 2017 12:41

On "Cyber Monday," don't forget "Giving Tuesday"

Lawyers and their clients have an opportunity to support a worthy effort on @givingtues.  As you comb the interweb for the very best price on the next thing you might not really need, please take a  moment to support those who are hurting during the events that hurt them most! @RaleighLawyers

 donate here 
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WCBA Elections set for December 5, 2017

24 Nov 2017 14:56

I'm honored to be on the ballot for the Tenth Judicial District Bar and Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors. Members please remember to vote at the bar lunch on December 5, 2017 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown 3415 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh at 12:15 PM.
If you are unable to make the luncheon, early voting will be available at the Wake County Justice Center, Courtroom 102 AND the WCBA offices at the NC Bar Center on Friday, December 1 from 8 AM - 12 PM, and Monday December 4 from 12 - 2 PM. #WakeCountyBar @wakecountybar @raleighlawyers  #BarkerRichardson
More information available here:
WCBA Bar Flyer - Election Edition
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Richardson named "Top 10 Under 40" by National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

6 Apr 2017 19:30

April 6, 2017
Raleigh, NC

Raleigh lawyer Ian Samuel Richardson has been named "2017 Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 for Excellence in the field of Personal Injury."
A native of Winston - Salem, North Carolina, Ian graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2011. He then attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at  Campbell University School of Law earning his Juris Doctorate degree in 2014.
Ian is admitted to practice in all NC Trial Courts as well as the NC Court of Appeals where he authored a brief which was later argued in a case before the NCCOA.
Ian is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers ("NOAPIA").
Ian S. Richardson
In April,  NOAPIA  recognized Ian as a "2017 Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 for Excellence in the field of Personal Injury."
Ian's practice areas are serious personal injury and general civil litigation for individuals and their businesses including claims for for employees and victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. Ian also practices in the the area of traffic and criminal defense and preparation of property bonds (to secure the release of criminal defendants from pre-trial custody).
In 2016, together with Daniel T. Barker, Richardson founded Barker Richardson, PLLC in Raleigh. Since being licensed to practice law, his goal has always been to secure the best outcome for his clients in the fastest and most cost effective way possible. @RaleighLawyers

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