Tuesday, December 28, 2021

North Carolina Litter Laws

Learn about anti-littering laws and programs in North Carolina this Earth Day.

Today is Earth Day! For this reason, we have decided to take a moment to remind everyone that littering is bad. Trash and debris on and along roadways is certainly unsightly but it is also potentially harmful, or even deadly, for both people, animals and the environment as a whole. We have all heard stories of animals eating or becoming trapped in trash then inevitably dying. For people, the lesser known dangers are motor vehicle accidents caused by unintentional litterbugs.

Those who drop trash on the road due to their transportation loads not being secured properly maybe considered unintentional litterers. We are not just talking about a piece of paper flying out of a truck. Imagine an entire couch or 6-foot section of lumber ending up on the roadway as an immediate hazard to motorists. This is why it is important to secure your load before transport begins.

If you visit or live in North Carolina, you should know that littering is illegal. Those found guilty of littering, whether intentional or not, can be penalized with community service and/or fines. Below is North Carolina’s anti-littering law - Senate Bill 1014, G.S. § 14-399 Littering Sections 1-14 (2001-2002)
§ 14-399.  Littering.
      (a) No person, including any firm, organization, private corporation, or governing body, agents or employees of any municipal corporation shall intentionally or recklessly throw, scatter, spill or place or intentionally or recklessly cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, thrown or placed or otherwise dispose of any litter upon any public property or private property not owned by the person within this State or in the waters of this State including any public highway, public park, lake, river, ocean, beach, campground, forestland, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street or alley except:
                    (1) When the property is designated by the State or political subdivision thereof for the disposal of garbage and refuse, and the person is authorized to use the property for this purpose; or
                    (2) Into a litter receptacle in a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried away or deposited by the elements upon any part of the private or public property or waters.
      (a1) No person, including any firm, organization, private corporation, or governing body, agents, or employees of any municipal corporation shall scatter, spill, or place or cause to be blown, scattered, spilled, or placed or otherwise dispose of any litter upon any public property or private property not owned by the person within this State or in the waters of this State including any public highway, public park, lake, river, ocean, beach, campground, forestland, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street, or alley except:
                    (1) When the property is designated by the State or political subdivision thereof for the disposal of garbage and refuse, and the person is authorized to use the property for this purpose; or
                    (2) Into a litter receptacle in a manner that the litter will be prevented from being carried away or deposited by the elements upon any part of the private or public property or waters.
     (a2) Subsection (a1) of this section does not apply to the accidental blowing, scattering, or spilling of an insignificant amount of municipal solid waste, as defined in G.S. 130A-290(18a), during the automated loading of a vehicle designed and constructed to transport municipal solid waste if the vehicle is operated in a reasonable manner and according to manufacturer specifications.
      (b) When litter is blown, scattered, spilled, thrown or placed from a vehicle or watercraft, the operator thereof shall be presumed to have committed the offense. This presumption, however, does not apply to a vehicle transporting nontoxic and biodegradable agricultural or garden products or supplies, including mulch, tree bark, wood chips, and raw logs.
      (c) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds and not for commercial purposes is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the first offense. In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than eight hours nor more than 24 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. Any second or subsequent violation of subsection (a) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds and not for commercial purposes within three years after the date of a prior violation is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) nor more than two thousand dollars ($2,000). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than 16 hours nor more than 50 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed.
      (c1) Any person who violates subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than four hours nor more than 12 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. Any second or subsequent violation of subsection (a1) of this section in an amount not exceeding 15 pounds within three years after the date of a prior violation is an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than eight hours nor more than 24 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed. For purposes of this subsection, the term "litter" shall not include nontoxic and biodegradable agricultural or garden products or supplies, including mulch, tree bark, and wood chips.
      (d) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section in an amount exceeding 15 pounds but not exceeding 500 pounds and not for commercial purposes is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500.00) nor more than two thousand dollars ($2,000). In addition, the court shall require the violator to perform community service of not less than 24 hours nor more than 100 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other community service commensurate with the offense committed.
      (d1) Any person who violates subsection (a1) of this section in an amount exceeding 15 pounds but not exceeding 500 pounds is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than eight hours nor more than 24 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed.
      (e) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section in an amount exceeding 500 pounds or in any quantity for commercial purposes, or who discards litter that is a hazardous waste as defined in G.S. 130A-290 is guilty of a Class I felony.
      (e1) Any person who violates subsection (a1) of this section in an amount exceeding 500 pounds is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300.00). In addition, the court may require the violator to perform community service of not less than 16 hours nor more than 50 hours. The community service required shall be to pick up litter if feasible, and if not feasible, to perform other labor commensurate with the offense committed.
      (e2) If any person violates subsection (a) or (a1) of this section in an amount exceeding 15 pounds or in any quantity for commercial purposes, or discards litter that is a hazardous waste as defined in G.S. 130A-290, the court shall order the violator to:
                    (1) Remove, or render harmless, the litter that he discarded in violation of this section;
                    (2) Repair or restore property damaged by, or pay damages for any damage arising out of, his discarding litter in violation of this section; or
                    (3) Perform community public service relating to the removal of litter discarded in violation of this section or to the restoration of an area polluted by litter discarded in violation of this section.
      (f) A court may enjoin a violation of this section.
      (f1) If a violation of subsection (a) of this section involves the operation of a motor vehicle, upon a finding of guilt, the court shall forward a record of the finding to the Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles, which shall record a penalty of one point on the violator's drivers license pursuant to the point system established by G.S. 20-16. There shall be no insurance premium surcharge or assessment of points under the classification plan adopted under G.S. 58-36-65 for a finding of guilt under this section.
      (g) A motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft, container, crane, winch, or machine involved in the disposal of more than 500 pounds of litter in violation of subsection (a) of this section is declared contraband and is subject to seizure and summary forfeiture to the State.
      (h) If a person sustains damages arising out of a violation of subsection (a) of this section that is punishable as a felony, a court, in a civil action for the damages, shall order the person to pay the injured party threefold the actual damages or two hundred dollars ($200.00), whichever amount is greater. In addition, the court shall order the person to pay the injured party's court costs and attorney's fees.
      (i) For the purpose of the section, unless the context requires otherwise:
                    (1) "Aircraft" means a motor vehicle or other vehicle that is used or designed to fly, but does not include a parachute or any other device used primarily as safety equipment.
                    (2) Repealed by Session Laws 1999-454, s. 1. (2a) "Commercial purposes" means litter discarded by a business, corporation, association, partnership, sole proprietorship, or any other entity conducting business for economic gain, or by an employee or agent of the entity.
                    (3) "Law enforcement officer" means any law enforcement officer sworn and certified pursuant to Article 1 of Chapter 17C or 17E of the General Statutes, except company police officers as defined in G.S. 74E-6(b)(3). In addition, and solely for the purposes of this section, "law enforcement officer" means any employee of a county or municipality designated by the county or municipality as a litter enforcement officer.
                    (4) "Litter" means any garbage, rubbish, trash, refuse, can, bottle, box, container, wrapper, paper, paper product, tire, appliance, mechanical equipment or part, building or construction material, tool, machinery, wood, motor vehicle or motor vehicle part, vessel, aircraft, farm machinery or equipment, sludge from a waste treatment facility, water supply treatment plant, or air pollution control facility, dead animal, or discarded material in any form resulting from domestic, industrial, commercial, mining, agricultural, or governmental operations. While being used for or distributed in accordance with their intended uses, "litter" does not include political pamphlets, handbills, religious tracts, newspapers, and other similar printed materials the unsolicited distribution of which is protected by the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of North Carolina.
                    (5) "Vehicle" has the same meaning as in G.S. 20-4.01(49).
                    (6) "Watercraft" means any boat or vessel used for transportation across the water.
      (j) It shall be the duty of all law enforcement officers to enforce the provisions of this section.
      (k) This section does not limit the authority of any State or local agency to enforce other laws, rules or ordinances relating to litter or solid waste management.  (1935, c. 457; 1937, c. 446; 1943, c. 543; 1951, c. 975, s. 1; 1953, cc. 387, 1011; 1955, c. 437; 1957, cc. 73, 175; 1959, c. 1173; 1971, c. 165; 1973, c. 877; 1977, c. 887, s. 1; 1979, c. 1065, s. 1; 1983, c. 890; 1987, cc. 208, 757; 1989, c. 784, ss. 7.1, 8; 1991, c. 609, s. 1; c. 720, s. 49; c. 725, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, ss. 266, 267, 1241; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 1997-518, s. 1; 1998-217, s. 2; 1999-294, s. 4; 1999-454, s. 1; 2001-512, s. 1; 2018-5, s. 17.1(a).)


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Friday, November 26, 2021

Why Accepting a Settlement/Plea Agreement Might Not Be the Best Option

When it comes to a lawsuit or criminal charges, settlements can mean money for a client or a less severe sentence for defendants who are facing charges. While that may seem like ample reasoning to accept a settlement, it is not always a good idea to accept a settlement or plea agreement right away. This is especially true if you do not have a lawyer. Here is a look at why that is the case. 


It is the job of insurance companies to settle their lawsuits and claims for as little as possible. That means their initial offer is almost guaranteed to be well below what you rightfully deserve. There is often a negotiation process that goes back and forth, which means the quicker you are inclined to settle, the less money you are likely to receive.

It is a known fact that a personal injury lawyer in Charlotte NC will represent clients for extensive stretches of time. Insurance companies will attempt to draw things out as a ploy to make victims weary from the process. That could enable them to give in and accept a settlement. However, sticking it out could mean a much more lucrative payout. Keep in mind that patience can pay off. And when an insurance company is offering a certain amount of money, it’s not likely that you will receive any less taking the matter to court.

Plea Agreements

When facing criminal charges, it is natural to be worried about the future. But it is also important to understand the prosecution’s school of thought. The prosecution’s main job is to get a conviction. By making a plea agreement, you are actually giving the prosecution a victory and basically doing their job for them.

It is also important to note that most courts are overrun with criminal cases, which makes many prosecutors eager to run through their caseload. But when one of those cases goes to trial, there is a lot of uncertainty involved for the prosecution. Material witnesses can become less dependable over long spans of time and there may be insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Time can benefit those facing criminal charges, which makes plea agreements a much less appealing option.

When the time comes to call a Charlotte accident attorney or criminal defense attorney, contact The Law Offices of William H. Harding. Charlotte lawyer William H Harding is ready to stand by you, whether you are facing criminal charges or in the midst of a personal injury lawsuit.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Top 10 Things People Do To Hurt Their Personal Injury Case

If you have suffered a personal injury at the expense of someone else, there are certain things that should be done right away. There are also certain things to avoid and here is a look at the top 10 things people should not do in their personal injury case.

1. Don’t contact a lawyer
There are so many specifics in a personal injury case that victims can do more harm to their own case than they realize. Without a personal injury lawyer advising you, there is a strong likelihood someone you could doom your own case right away.

2. Speak to insurance company
The insurance company can use anything you say against you. Insurance companies specialize in finding ways to get out of paying personal injury victims. By speaking directly to them, you are playing right into their hands and could be baited into destroying your entire case.

3. Don’t seek medical attention
After suffering a personal injury, there is a need to officially document your injuries. That can’t happen if you do not see a doctor right after your accident.

4. Downplay the severity of injuries
There is no reason to make anyone think any of your injuries are minor. By doing so, you provide insurance companies with leverage and also minimize your chances of receiving adequate compensation.

5. Use words like sore
People can get sore from doing minor tasks and chores around the house. Use of that term will indicate you have no real injury with any medical validity. Stay away from using the word sore altogether.

6. Don’t accurately describe the pain
In order to be compensated, there needs to be a detailed explanation of the injuries suffered. That cannot occur without being descriptive when describing your pain. Injury Attorney William H Harding will tell you, "Don’t leave anything out."

7. Don’t record the details that led to the accident
A record of the event that lacks details severely hurts a personal injury lawsuit. Be sure to write down everything that happened and even take pictures or video if possible. Remember that no detail is unimportant.

8. Don’t contact the police
Even if the accident is minor, the police must be notified. This will provide the victim with an accident report, which is an essential document in this process.

9. Leave the scene of the accident
This could all but doom your personal injury case. Leaving the scene of accident negates a victim from fulfilling so many important parts of the overall process.

10. Don’t follow through on treatment
Injuries require treatment and by blowing off any rehab or therapy, you are essentially saying you don’t need it. And if there is no injury, there will be no money coming your way.

The Law Offices of William H. Harding can provide you with an experienced personal injury or accident attorney in Charlotte NC. After suffering a personal injury, make sure you immediately contact The Law Offices of William H. Harding and we will work on getting the compensation you deserve.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

What You Should Look For When Hiring an Attorney to Represent You

Choosing an accident attorney should not be a decision that is taken lightly, especially since you are actually putting your future in the hands of someone else. To help with that selection process, there are certain criteria everyone should consider when looking for legal representation.


The importance of experience in an attorney cannot be overstated. This is extremely valuable in cases that wind up in litigation as you want a lawyer who has been there before. Experienced attorneys know what tactics to use and when to use them. There is also a lot of negotiation that goes back in forth in personal injury cases, so it is important to have the patience to know when to wait things out and when to have the decisiveness to settle. That all comes with experience. Lawyers who are experienced in local court systems also bring an added advantage, being so familiar with the lay of the land.


When you find yourself arrested for a crime, such as a DUI, you want a criminal attorney who specializes in representing clients who face DUI charges. That kind of specialization allows clients to have the highest chance of success. Once you find a lawyer, who specializes in your type of case, then it’s time to examine their skills. Communication skills are essential in a good lawyer as you want to hire an attorney who can explain every detail of your case so that you full comprehend the entirety of your situation.


It is important to be able to get in touch with your lawyer when the situation calls for it. Hiring a injury attorney Charlotte NC, who is overloaded with clients, means that you probably will be limited when it comes to any one-on-one attention. Make sure that your lawyer is accessible and capable of answering your questions when it’s necessary. Many criminal cases and personal injury cases can introduce people to quite a bit of worry. Hiring a lawyer who is rarely available will only add to that worry.

Personal Touch

Adding a personal touch means taking a heightened interest in every client. That means adding a little more care and attention to every case. Lawyers who add that personal touch become invested in their clients. While many lawyers have developed a bit of a callous reputation, those who provide a personal touch manage to make a lasting impression by showing more attentiveness and dedication.

The Law Offices of William H. Harding is ready to provide you with an injury attorney or criminal defense lawyer, who can meet all your legal needs. Our team will go that extra mile to provide you with a top-quality accident attorney. Find out more at www.williamhharding.com

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Common Types of Personal Injury Claims

For those of you planning to file a personal injury lawsuit or make an injury-related insurance claim, chances are your own injury and recovery is your sole concern. However, it can be helpful to take a look at a variety of personal injury cases and examine the unique factors that can influence each one.

Sometimes called 'tort law,' personal Injury law permits the injured plaintiff to receive compensation in the event that they are harmed as a result of another person(s)' intentional actions or negligence. This means that there are countless ways for personal injuries to occur. In fact, the CDC last reported over 32,000,000 injuries in 2015 but, not all of these qualify under personal injury law. Below, we explore the most common types of personal injury cases within the United States.

Motor Vehicle Crash Cases

It has been estimated that each year over 32,000 people are killed and another 2,000,000 injured due to automobile accidents. For 2015, North Carolina only reported more than 265,000 traffic accidents resulting in 130,137 injured people. In addition, for age groups 10 to 65+, “Motor Vehicle Occupant” is listed as the 4th to 5th leading cause of nonfatal injuries treated in hospital emergency departments.

It goes without saying that personal injuries cases involving auto accidents and vehicle collisions are the most common type in the US. Most vehicle accidents happen because the driver(s) fail to follow the rules of the road. Broken road rules often include not wearing a seat belt, improperly buckle child seat or belt, driving while drunk or intoxicated, speeding, and distracted driving (using a device or texting).

When a car accident claim has been made, the driver who is found guilty will be responsible for reimbursing the damages that were caused as a result of the car accident typically through their insurance. Sometimes, however, there may be exceptions in states enforcing no-fault laws, where the driver(s) will be responsible for collecting from their own insurers unless the cases meets the set threshold. North Carolina and West Virginia do not have no-fault auto insurance laws.

Before pursuing a lawsuit for motor vehicle crash injuries, we recommend consulting with an experienced auto accident lawyer near you.

Slip and Fall Cases

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of nonfatal injury and “slip and falls” are the second most common type of personal injury case. By rule of law, property owners (and, in a few cases, renters) are legally obliged to keep their property safe and hazard-free, so that visitors do not become injured easily. That being said, not every injury occurring on the property will cause the landowner to be liable. Other slip and fall case involve an employee being injured on-the-job. In these cases, the employers might be sued for inadequate safety equipment, lack of safety protocol, hazardous work environment, or a number of other negligence.

Defective Products Cases

When any consumer product (be it a medicinal product, a vehicle, a piece of machinery, or a food item) is designed or produced in a way that renders it unsafe and happens to injured an individual, the injured party can bring a claim of “products liability” against the manufacturer of the goods. The latter may be held responsible for reimbursing both physical and financial damages.

Injuries happen for many reasons but, when an injury is due to the actions of another person, you may be able to sue them under personal injury law. If you have read this article and believe you or someone you know might be the victim of a personal injury accident in Charlotte NC, contact our law firm. The Law Offices of William H. Harding will provide a free personal injury consultation in which a licensed lawyer will review a potential case and explain all available options.


Monday, July 26, 2021

Why You Should Always Seek Medical Treatment After an Accident

There are essential steps to take after a car accident and one of them is to seek out immediate medical treatment. Here’s a look at the top reasons why this step should not be overlooked and why it is so often recommended by Charlotte NC injury lawyers.

Identify Injuries

Being involved in a car accident does not always show immediate signs of injury. Even minor collisions can cause injuries that take time to surface. Whiplash is a common injury in car accidents, but the pain is not immediate. Whiplash can be very serious, leading to slipped discs and potential nerve damage. Many times, all the adrenaline of the moment will make some injuries seem more minor than they actually are. Then, when that adrenaline finally wears off, the pain sets in and you finally realize you’ve been injured.

Proof of Pain and Suffering

It’s easy for anyone to claim some type of injury that resulted from a car accident. However, according to Attorney William H Harding in order to get compensated for that injury, there needs to be proof. Pain and suffering is something that needs to be identified and not just assumed. Pain and suffering can also linger long after an accident, so getting started on identifying the source of that pain and suffering right away is essential.

Better Safe than Sorry

There is nothing that can trump having good health. Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, some of which can severely impact an individual’s quality of life. Attending to an injury right away could prevent it from developing into a major injury in the future. That could make your life a whole lot easier. And if there is ever a need to file a lawsuit, having documentation of an injury is always a necessity.

Help Your Case

In any personal injury lawsuit, the more proof you can provide, the better your chances are of receiving a lucrative settlement. There is no telling what kind of health and medical issues will result from your auto accident. Starting out with a visit to your doctor is the first brick that goes into building your case. Failing to put that brick in place could topple your entire case.

The Law Offices of William H. Harding is ready to help your lawsuit by providing you with an experienced personal injury lawyer, who will focus on every single detail of your case. If you are involved in an auto accident, contact the Law Offices of William H. Harding right away and we will advise you on the appropriate course of action to take.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Top 10 Things People Do To Hurt Their Criminal Case

When anyone is arrested, fear is a natural reaction. However, the next course of action is often very telling as to how the charges will unfold. Here is a look at 10 things people should refrain from doing in the midst of their criminal case.

1.   Don’t contact an attorney
The criminal process has a specific procedure and a criminal defense attorney will advise you on the proper course of action to take. Acting on your own is a bona fide way towards incriminating yourself and damaging your own case. Even in personal injury cases, it is highly advisable to consult with a local accident lawyer in Charlotte North Carolina as soon as possible.

2.   Speak to an officer without an attorney present
Anything you say after an arrest will be used against you. No good can come from talking to an officer without a lawyer present. It is your right to have legal counsel, so make use of it. 

3.   Become hostile and uncooperative
No matter how frustrating your case may be, hostility will never help. It will tarnish your standing in the eyes of the court. It is better to stay silent and trust your criminal attorney.

4.   Confess
It is the job of the prosecution to prove your guilt. Don’t do their job for them by confessing to anything. No matter what you are told by arresting officers, stay silent and wait for your lawyer before saying anything.

5.   Retain a public defender
Public defenders have a backlog of clients, so the individual attention you’ll receive will be very limited. Make sure you retain a criminal defense attorney that will give you the time you deserve.

6.   Discuss your case on social media
What you say on social media can provide a permanent piece of evidence that can be used against you. Even if you delete the post, there is always the chance that someone snapped a picture of it. No matter what crime you are accused of any lawyer, criminal or injury lawyer in Charlotte NC, will discourage such activity.

7.   Be untruthful with your lawyer
Withholding facts or bending the truth to your lawyer will not help in any way. Your lawyer has an obligation to represent you, so be sure to reveal all the facts of your case.

8.   Fail a drug test
There is always a chance a judge will require those on criminal charges to take a random drug test. Failing that test will significantly hamper your credibility.

9.   Contacting witnesses
If you are charged with a crime, do not contact a complaining witness, even if it is just to extend an apology. Any contact could be viewed in a very negative light by a judge.

10.   Allowing police to search your home
In order for police to search through any of your possessions, they must obtain a warrant. Don’t oblige unless you receive that warrant. A simple request from an officer is not enough.

The Law Offices of William H Harding in Charlotte North Carolina is ready to represent you no matter what kind of criminal charges you are facing. Also an experienced accident attorney, The Law Offices of William H. Harding will see to it that you have the best chance for success in your criminal case. There’s no reason to hurt your case by not legal representation. When You Need A Problem Solver On Your Side –William H. Harding.

Monday, May 24, 2021

The Difference Between a Good and Great Attorney

There is a lot that goes into the making of a good attorney, but why should anyone settle for a good lawyer when they can have a great one? Here are some of the things that separate a good attorney from a great injury attorney in Charlotte.

Good lawyers get back to you promptly and are pretty much readily available. However, great attorneys make your phone ring. There is an added peace of mind when your lawyer is calling you and it’s not always the other way around.

Lawyer fees are not always cheap and a good lawyer will work for clients efficiently. They will do what is required of them. Great lawyers come up with ways to add value to their already efficient service. Clients then actually receive more than they paid for with a great lawyer.

A good injury or Charlotte accident lawyer will be well-versed in the specifics of the law, but great lawyers take that knowledge and bring it to life. That means understanding how to use that knowledge to bring success to each individual client.

Good lawyers will treat their clients with a high level of professionalism, but great lawyers that that to another level. That professionalism extends to identifying the specific needs and styles of each client. That allows a great lawyer to cater directly to each and every client.

A good lawyer will work hard to deliver any promises that are made to clients. However, great lawyers do exactly what they say will do. Great lawyers deliver on their word while good lawyers merely attempt to deliver on their promises.

A good attorney proves to be comfortable in most settings, whereas a great lawyer is always confident. However, that confidence should not be confused with arrogance. And it is that confidence that allows great lawyers to become a presence in a roomful of people and not just someone who is in attendance.

Good lawyers care about their clients while great lawyers invest loyalty in their clients. This makes great lawyers more than just capable. They actually own their clients’ problems and do whatever is in their power to solve those problems. 

The Law Offices of William H. Harding is committed to providing every client with great legal service. If you are seeking out a criminal defense attorney or personal injury lawyer in Charlotte, contact The Law Offices of William H. Harding today.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Why Giving a Statement Can Hurt Your Criminal or Civil Case

Whenever you encounter any trouble with the law, remember that your words can come back to haunt you. No matter how much you might want to plead your case, always try to remember the value of silence. Here’s a look at how providing a statement devoid of legal counsel can hurt a criminal and civil case.
Remember, When You Need A Problem Solver On Your Side -Contact The Law Offices of William H Harding.

False Confession

It may seem a little unbelievable that someone would confess to a crime that they didn’t commit, but police use scare tactics and intimidation to coerce false confessions out of innocent people. Some interrogations last for hours as investigators take advantage of a person’s duress, exhaustion, fear, and ignorance of the law in order to get a confession. If you are truly innocent, wait for a lawyer and let your criminal defense lawyer proceed accordingly. Also, keep in mind that police interrogators are permitted to use deceit in their questioning.


You may be totally innocent of a crime, but any small detail can be used against you in court. In the event that someone’s house was robbed and you mention to interrogators that you did not like the victim, you immediately incriminate yourself and become a suspect. Minor statements like that can make you look guilty even when you are innocent. Refrain from making any statements and you will not have the chance to incriminate yourself.

Contributory Negligence

Statements do not have to be in the written form to hold up in court. Oral statements can also be used against you. Even if you are the plaintiff in a Charlotte personal injury law case, you could admit to some minor infraction on your part and that could keep you from getting any compensation. In civil cases where contributory negligence is proven, plaintiffs receive nothing in the state of North Carolina.

Lessens Chance of Recovery

When dealing with an auto accident, don’t feel as though you need to give a statement to insurance companies. These companies are looking for ways to get out of paying you and they know how to manipulate victims. It is always wise to consult an auto accident attorney first. A failure to do so automatically gives insurance companies the upper hand, while lessening your chances of recovery.

It helps to have an attorney speak for you and make sure there is no chance you will inadvertently damage your own case. William H. Harding is ready to stand by your side in both criminal and civil cases as your defense and accident attorney in Charlotte.  The Law Offices of William H. Harding can walk you through the legal process from start to finish.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Contributory Negligence Rule Can Help Defendants in North Carolina

The specifics of contributory negligence laws differ from state to state when it comes to personal injury cases. North Carolina is one of the states that still enforces contributory negligence to the exact doctrine. If contributory negligence is proven in a North Carolina personal injury lawsuit, then the plaintiff is unable to recover any compensation at all. 

Contributory negligence occurs when a plaintiff is at some kind of fault for his/her personal injuries. For example, someone might be driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit and is struck by another driver who ran a stop sign. The accident would appear to be the fault of the driver who ran the stop sign, but the other driver’s injuries may be intensified by the act of speeding. Therefore, the driver who ran the stop sign could claim contributory negligence on the other driver’s part.

In some states, the use of this tactic could greatly reduce the compensation that would be paid out by the driver who ran the stop sign. This would be on the basis that the other driver’s injuries could have been lesser if he/she was not speeding. However, according to NC Attorney William H. Harding, North Carolina has an all or nothing stance on contributory negligence. In North Carolina, if a plaintiff is proven to be at fault in some way, then the plaintiff is exempt from recovering any damages. The defendant will have to pay nothing in compensation.

Plaintiffs accused of contributory negligence sometimes make the plea that they were in danger and their actions were unavoidable. It is then ultimately up to the court to decide whether the plaintiff was displaying prudent behavior. But if the plaintiff was not behaving in a prudent manner, then the plaintiff will have to pay all medical expenses that were a result of their personal injuries.

Many other states have adopted a different stance on this issue which actually shares the fault among plaintiff and defendant. Those states award plaintiffs partial compensation under the doctrine of comparative negligence in which plaintiff and defendant share expenses. Nevertheless, North Carolina defendants who can prove contributory negligence will not have to pay out any personal injury compensation. Comparative negligence is not recognized in North Carolina.

If you are facing charges and are in need of an accident attorney Charlotte NC or the surrounding area, contact The Law Offices of William H. Harding. With years of experience as a Charlotte injury attorney, William H. Harding will provide you with a top notch criminal defense services.


Monday, February 22, 2021

What to Do When You Are Pulled Over By a Police Officer

Mostly all of us are going to get pulled over by a police officer while driving at one time or another. When that does happen, here are some simple steps to follow to ensure your safety is maintained and your rights are protected. Law Offices of William H. Harding North Carolina provides some information on what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Remain Calm

Take a deep breath and relax. Any nervousness or anxiety could arouse suspicion and compel the officer to make the stop more difficult than it needs to be. Even if you are guilty of an offense, getting worked up is not going to help the matter.

Comply With Officer’s Request

On many occasions, officers let drivers go with a simple warning, presuming they are cooperative. Sometimes, compliance can be the difference between a warning and a ticket. You can even take the imitative by turning off your engine, lowering the volume of your radio and rolling down your window. Most times, officers are looking for some simple answers. Extending them some courtesy could enable you to receive some courtesy in return.

If You Feel You Were Illegally Stopped Contact a Lawyer

Just because you get pulled over does not mean the officer is always right. There have been plenty of documented traffic stops that were completely unwarranted. Illegal searches also happen frequently as there are only certain situations that give officers the right to search your vehicle. If you feel as though your rights have been violated, contact an attorney immediately.

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Do Not Reach For ID or Registration without Being Asked For It

Officers are taught to be suspicious. Any sudden movements on your part, such as reaching into your glove compartment, could make an officer fear the worst. Remember, plenty of officers have been killed during routine traffic stops. If an officer senses danger, the first act is usually to reach for his/her gun. That is the last predicament you want to be in during a traffic stop.

Do Not Be Hostile or Aggressive

Hostility and aggressiveness can only lead to trouble. They can lead to more citations and moving violations. Keep in mind that a good amount of officers do not issue tickets for every single offense during a traffic stop. Some even let you off with a warning.

Thankfully, The Law Offices of William H. Harding is here to help motorists whose rights have been violated. If you find yourself in need of a criminal defense attorney, choose a lawyer who will fight for you. The Law Offices of William H. Harding also specializes in auto accidents, wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits with a 96% success rate.

For a lawyer, call 704-741-4LAW today.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Why it’s Important to Know Your Rights after an Arrest

When you are arrested, you have certain rights and it is important to know all of them so that you can exercise those rights appropriately. Using those rights could make a world of difference in how your case plays out. Here’s a look at how to utilize your rights.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Sometimes less is better and this is a prime situation where that applies. You should know that you are not going to talk your way out of an arrest, so don’t even bother trying. Furthermore, what you say could be used against you. Why give an arresting officer any more leverage than he already has? It’s best to remain silent and contact a criminal defense or accident attorney in Charlotte who can do your talking for you.

Invoke Your Right to Contact an Attorney

This is part of your Miranda rights, but don’t wait for an officer to read those rights to you. Officers will not usually ask if you want an attorney, so it is up to you to invoke that right. You have the right to contact an The Law Offices of William H. Harding, but you need to express that. This is an unequivocal right and more courts are making it mandatory that this right is granted in a timely fashion.

Don’t Talk to Anyone

The time for talking will come, just be patient. The arresting officer and other members of law enforcement do not care about your predicament. Pleading your case to them is a waste of time and it could also cause you to say something incriminating. After invoking your right to contact an attorney, do not say anything to anyone. Remember, it’s your right to stay silent. Use it.

Officers Will Try to Elicit a Confession Out of You

Officers use a whole bunch of different tactics to get you to say what they want to hear. Some will try to befriend you and nicely coax out a confession while others will attempt to scare you with promises of jail time if you do not confess. Keep in mind that their job is made easier when you confess and that is their only concern. You are not obligated to tell them anything. Disregard their attempts and wait for your lawyer.

The Law Offices of William H. Harding has years of experience handling all kinds of criminal defense cases in Charlotte. If you have been arrested and are in need of representation, contact The Law Offices of William H. Harding for the top injury attorney Charlotte has to offer.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Why You Should Speak With an Attorney After a Car Accident

Auto accidents can quickly develop into a legal battle in which insurance companies will use all their power to provide you with as small of a payout as possible. That is why it is important to speak with a Charlotte personal injury attorney following an auto accident as it will provide you with the following advantages.

Levels the Playing Field

Insurance companies will approach you like they are concerned about your best interests, but that is not at all the case. Following an accident, insurance companies are going to try to fast talk you into making a quick deal that seems good for you. Furthermore, the statements you make to insurance companies could be used against you. Saying the wrong things could actually give them sufficient reason to deny your claim. Hiring an auto accident attorney will level the playing field and take away any advantages the insurance company may have previously had over you.

More Financial Compensation

When someone is at fault in an accident, their insurance company is responsible to compensate you. They might offer to cover your medical expenses and it may seem like a good deal. But there is also the potential for you to receive compensation for any lost wages, future medical costs in addition to your pain and suffering. Hiring an auto accident attorney can get you substantially more in financial compensation.

Keeps You From Damaging Your Case

A Charlotte accident lawyer will advise you on what to say and, more importantly, what not to say. What might seem like an innocuous statement could actually wind up hurting your case. Speaking with an attorney will allow you to avoid making mistakes which could be costly. Remember that insurance companies train their adjusters to minimize payouts as much as possible, so they which angles to play.

Someone On Your Side

Car accidents can be traumatic events and leave you with a lot of stress afterwards. But you don’t have to go through this process alone. Having an attorney on your side will allow all your questions answered. You also won’t be forced to navigate through the legal process alone. And keep in mind that your accident attorney gets paid when you reach a settlement, so the two of you are in it together.

The Law Offices of William H. Harding in Charlotte can provide you with a personal injury lawyer that will see your case through to the end. Lean on years of experience and get the most out of your accident with the help of an injury attorney at the Law Offices of William H. Harding.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Important Factors That Could Affect Your Settlement

When you are looking to make a settlement because of a personal injury, there are do’s and don’ts associated with the process. Here’s a look at some very important factors that could affect your final settlement from The Law Office of William H. Harding in Charlotte

Not Hiring an Attorney

If you are injured in an accident, it is highly unlikely that you will receive as much in compensation as you would with a personal injury lawyer working by your side. Insurance companies can outmaneuver ordinary people who are not well-versed in the finer points of the settlement process. Without an attorney helping you along the way, insurance companies will surely take advantage of you in some form or another. Not paying for an attorney now could cost you a lot of money in the long run. 

Seeking Medical Treatment

Following an accident, seeking out medical treatment could make a huge difference in how much compensation you receive. It’s advisable to have a doctor conduct complete examinations and don’t hesitate to reveal even the most minimal pains and aches. If there is even the slightest symptom, go see a doctor about it and keep a record of it. Doctors may discover some injuries you were not privy to beforehand. Also, be sure to inform your Charlotte injury lawyer of every medical appointment you attend. 

Going to Every Doctor’s Appointment

Keeping up with every doctor’s appointment and therapy session are like bricks that help build a solid case. On the other hand, missing those appointments will weaken the whole foundation of your case as opposing attorneys will use those absences against you. Be sure to make it to every doctor’s appointment and rehab session. They will all pay off in the end.

Using the Right Terminology

Many people get sore doing normal everyday activities. So, if you make the claim that you are sore, it is not direct enough. Describe your pain in its entirety and try to pinpoint the exact condition you are suffering from. The use of detailed descriptions of your pain will show that you have a genuine medical condition and are not just claiming to be hurt. 

Residents of the Charlotte area can turn to The Law Offices of William H. Harding to help them receive the best possible settlements in their individual cases. With years of experience, The Law Offices of William H. Harding and their  NC personal injury attorneys  will get you the compensation you rightfully deserve. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Public Attorney Versus Private Attorney

The decision to hire an attorney is an important one that could significantly impact the outcome of your claim or case. Before agreeing to terms, it is important to know the difference between public and private accident attorneys.

Public Attorneys

Public attorneys are court-appointed, which means there was no actual hiring done by the client. Public attorneys are not paid by clients, but are instead employees of the government. They are also paid much less than private attorneys, so the quality of work they produce may dim in comparison. There are also the heavy caseloads burdening public attorneys. They must take on multiple clients, which really makes it difficult to devote much time to each client.

Experience is often lacking among public attorneys. Many criminal defense lawyers start out as public defenders for the purpose of gaining experience. That means that a public attorney could be dealing with certain charges for the very first time. And in many instances, public attorneys are just trying to bring an end to a case so they can move onto the next one.

Private Attorneys

A private attorney is paid by you which means you receive much more time and effort. Clients are not just a number, but a priority. That allows private attorneys to put together a more comprehensive strategy that usually comes with a lot more vigor.

A private attorney also specializes in certain areas of the law. For example, if you are hurt in a car accident, you will want to seek out an auto accident attorney who has handled those types of cases in the past. This will enable the personal injury attorney to know a lot more about the process in addition to having a familiarity with the local court system, prosecutors and judges.

A private attorney is able to give you more face time and is not overwhelmed by droves of cases all at once. Public attorneys meet with their clients briefly, so it is impossible to get a grasp of every detail. A private attorney takes the time to examine each detail within your case, which makes for a more thorough plan of action.

In Charlotte The Law Offices of William H. Harding devotes time, energy and attention to each client. Whether you are looking for an injury attorney or a criminal defense lawyer, the Law Offices of William H. Harding is the top choice in all of Charlotte, NC.

Friday, September 25, 2020

What to Do After a Car Accident

Auto accidents are a part of everyday life and will affect pretty much everyone at one time or another. Here is a list of the things from The Law Office of William H. Harding in Charlotte you should do after being involved in an auto accident.

Make Sure Everyone Is Safe

The first priority in any auto accident is to ensure that everyone is safe. That includes you, your passengers, the other driver(s) and any passengers. Also, get out of harm’s way and prevent any further injuries. This includes getting clear of the vehicles if there is the chance of a fuel leak.

Call 911

It does not take a horrific accident to notify the authorities. Any trusted injury attorney will tell you it is important to have the local police document the accident. Never take the word of another driver, who could wind up claiming the accident never occurred. This is also the first step towards obtaining an accident report. 

Make a Record of All the Details

This starts right after the accident by taking pictures and getting any kind of statements from witnesses. You could easily record their statements on your phone and obtain contact information. Also, make an immediate note of everything that happened and you could even make an audio recording right there on the scene. Remember, no detail is unimportant. 

Seek Medical Attention

Just because you experience no immediate pain doesn’t mean you should not seek out medical attention. Not all car crash injuries provide immediate pain. The pain might not come until the next day. Injuries such as whiplash, nerve damage and spinal cord issues can worsen over time. That could lead to compensation in the future, but it is important to identify these problems right away. 

Obtain a Police Report

This is a crucial element in any auto accident claim. Having police document the accident is very important and you should get your hands on that report as soon as possible. Ask the officer on the scene how and when you can retrieve your police report. 

Contact an Attorney

There are a lot of finer points involved in an auto accident and it’s best to have an auto accident attorney lead you through the process. After you leave the scene of an accident, it is highly recommended that you contact an attorney so that you may start using the best possible strategy

Do Not Speak To Insurance Companies

It is the job of insurance companies to settle as quickly and for as little money as possible. You are not required to say anything to them right away. Consult with your attorney before even considering having a conversation with an insurance company representative. 

The Law Offices of William H. Harding can start you down the right path following any kind of auto accident. For an experienced auto accident lawyer Charlotte, NC has to offer, contact the Law Offices of William H. Harding today and let the professionals steer you to compensation. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Why Giving a Statement to the Insurance Company After an Accident Can Harm Your Case

Following any type of auto accident, it usually doesn’t take long for an insurance company to get involved. However, insurance companies are not going to be on the side of those who are injured. Their main job is trying to pay out as little as possible. That being said, there are many reasons not to give a statement to an insurance company following an accident.

In the event that an insurance adjuster demands that you give a statement, immediately decline and contact a Charlotte accident attorney. In accidents where you are a victim, you are usually dealing with another insurance company. They do not have your best interest in mind.

Obtaining a recorded statement will let the insurance company know exactly how to prepare a defense. It will also enable them to come up with a strategy that could offer a settlement lower than what you deserve. Giving a recorded statement is basically like showing your hand before you have to.

It is also important to note that not all injuries do not surface right after an accident. If you give a recorded statement and claim no neck pain, but then you start to experience neck pain two days later, your statement will make it appear as though you are lying. That could be extremely damaging to your case.

A statement given to an insurance company or adjuster is not made while under oath. Nevertheless, the insurance company can use that statement against you. Also, remember that whoever is taking your statement has done this before. As you speak, that person will be immediately looking for ways to twist your words to use them against you. Regular people are not accustomed to the intricacies within these kinds of statements.

When you are involved in an accident in which both parties have the same insurance company, you should still be wary. The insurance company may attempt to underestimate the value and basically turn against you.

Insurance companies are also looking to settle as quickly as possible, but you don’t have to submit to their pressure. Personal injury cases can be very detailed so your best move is to plead the fifth when asked for a statement and consult a personal injury lawyer.

If you are injured in a Charlotte auto accident, visit WilliamHHarding.com. It helps to have someone on your side, who will give you the chance to get what you rightfully deserve. The Law Offices of William H. Harding will see you through the entire personal injury process and make sure insurance companies do not take advantage of your claim.

Monday, July 27, 2020

What to Expect From a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Personal injuries are common in many auto accidents. These accidents often lead to lawsuits that include several steps that every victim should know. This could make for a lengthy process, so it is important to know what to expect with your personal injury lawsuit.

A way to keep a case out of court is by going through mediation. This is where a mediator or arbitrator will intervene and attempt to resolve the matter. It is not an actual courtroom battle, but that does not mean you should not have a personal injury attorney right there with you.

The first thing to know is that an insurance company will always look to settle for as little as possible. Don’t be swayed by their promises as many carriers will look to settle outside of the courtroom for much less than you deserve.

So what goes into determining how much of a payout you will receive for your personal injuries?

Actually, there are quite a few factors. There are the obvious factors, such as medical bills and the cost of any physical therapy. Lost wages can also factor in should your injuries force you out of work. A reduced earning potential could also be a result of your injury and that could also lead to financial hardship. Then, there is always pain and suffering to consider. Your accident lawyer will be your biggest advocate and ensure all damages, physical and emotional, are taken into account.

When a settlement is finally agreed upon, it is important to note that a victim is not always going to get all of that money. There are taxes to be paid on some of the settlement. You will not be responsible to pay taxes on your medical bills as it isn’t considered to be taxable income. However, pain and suffering falls under punitive damages, which are indeed taxable.

law, personal injury, personal injury attorney, personal injury lawyer, injury attorney, injury lawyer, accident lawIt is also important to note that not all personal injury cases deal with insurance companies. Some cases deal with individuals, which could make the reality of collecting your settlement a lot more difficult.

Just because you win a judgment against an individual, it does not mean you are guaranteed to see all that money. If an individual has limited assets, there is not much that can be done in a way of mandating compensation. If you are going to pursue a personal injury claim against an individual, make sure the individual has enough assets to make it worth your time and effort.

When you are injured in an accident and need to file a personal injury lawsuit, contact the Law Office of William H. Harding. With a vast amount of experience in personal injury law, you can finally have the advantage you need to get the settlement you deserve.

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Importance of Hiring a Criminal Attorney for Your DUI

DUI charges can happen to just about anyone. However, when someone is arrested and learns that criminal charges are being filed, it often leads to a larger sense of worry. Hiring a criminal law attorney or accident attorney can immediately ease those concerns and provide you a sense of hope.

The main reason to have a DUI lawyer in your corner is that there is always the chance your charges could be dismissed. A DUI charge does not mean you are instantly convicted. A good criminal lawyer can discover if there were any missteps made by law enforcement during the arrest. For example, the reason for the actual traffic stop needs to be justified by the officer.

There is also the area of field sobriety tests to consider. The arresting officer will need to document which field sobriety tests were performed and what compelled him to charge you with DUI. A lot of these tests can be questioned and there may be quite a bit of wiggle room around their authenticity.

Even if you failed a breathalyzer test, that could also come into question. An officer has to be certified to use a breathalyzer and the device needs to be calibrated correctly. The timing of the breathalyzer is another area that could be questioned. Alcohol does not immediately enter your bloodstream. So if you had one drink and were pulled over and then the officer waited to administer a breathalyzer, you could have been legally sober when you were actually pulled over.

Also, your Miranda rights should always be read upon an arrest and if they were not, that gives you a distinct advantage in beating your DUI charges.

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These are just a few of the many topics a Charlotte NC attorney will look into in great detail. And even if this evidence does not get your charges thrown out completely, it could allow you to plead guilty to lesser charges. That could mean no criminal charges and much less in fines and driver’s license suspension times.

It also helps to have an attorney familiar with the local court system. Certain judges and prosecutors have certain tendencies and knowing those tendencies will provide you with one more advantage. Remember that every advantage helps when facing DUI charges and going through the process without an experienced criminal defense attorney puts you at a distinct disadvantage.

If you are in need of an attorney for auto accidents, slip and fall, DUIs, speeding tickets, or personal injury it is important to give yourself as many advantages as you can. The Law Offices of William H. Harding can be your advantage while relying on a wealth of experience when it comes to criminal defense cases.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Why You Should Not Take the Law into Your Own Hands

Every facet of the legal system has a specific protocol that needs to be followed. Deviating from that protocol could severely affect your case, whether it be a family law or criminal law matter. Here is a closer look at why you should contact an local attorney instead of taking the law into your own hands.

A criminal defense attorney or accident attorney knows the law better than you. That is a fact that can keep you from incriminating yourself or damaging your case. Attorneys undergo years of schooling to attain a broad knowledge base, which includes procedures on how to handle every kind of case.

Without a lawyer, you may be hurting your case more than you realize. An attorney is there for your protection. Think of an attorney as a type of shield. However, that shield also protects clients from themselves as their own actions or words could be very dangerous.

Most attorneys will meet with you for a free consultation before you are required to hire them. This consultation will introduce you to the specifics of your predicament. This initial consultation could open up a client’s eyes to a whole new world of information.

In criminal cases, attorneys often call on professionals as expert witnesses. Criminal defense lawyers have access to these professionals and know the direction to take in order to secure them as a witness. Without an attorney, this could be an arduous task.

Once you hire an attorney in Charlotte NC, they act on your behalf in a court of law. That means you do not need to do anything you might think will help the situation. Most times, any action winds up doing more harm than good. Hiring an attorney will provide a type of restraint that keeps you neutralized.

Staring down all the paperwork involved in a court case can be daunting. Attorneys are trained to handle this and know exactly what needs to be filed and when it needs to be done. An oversight on your part in this area could result in severe consequences.

Don’t try to take on criminal charges or a personal injury lawsuit without an attorney by your side. The Law Offices of William H. Harding is there for clients facing all types of charges. William H. Harding is ready to take the law in our hands so that you will receive the most favorable outcome possible.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

How to Choose a Criminal Attorney in Charlotte

Choosing a criminal defense attorney is something that should not be taken lightly. Every person facing criminal charges should take careful consideration when selecting their defense attorney. Here are some important things to look for when choosing a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte, NC.


It helps to have an attorney who has been in a courtroom many times before. You want to make sure your lawyer has been through several cases and is familiar with the most effective ways of reducing your charges or getting them thrown out altogether.


Another helpful tip is to have a defense lawyer on your side with familiarity of the local court system. Knowing the lay of the land and being familiar with prosecutors and judges could provide you with a distinct advantage.


When it comes to criminal charges, paying for quality could play a big part in your future. Don’t always look for the cheapest attorney in town as your future and freedom are too important to trust to just any attorney.

Track Record

Most people do not want to take a chance on a lawyer who hasn’t notched many wins. Look into your prospective lawyer’s track record and don’t be afraid to ask about their past wins and losses.


The only way to get a true gauge on a lawyer is to set up a face-to-face meeting. During that meeting, keep an eye on the lawyer’s passion, attentiveness and concern. You should not only feel comfortable with your lawyer, but also feel confident that you have made the right choice.


It won’t be too hard to learn a little more about your prospective criminal lawyer. Ask around and see what people are saying. Online reviews can be helpful as are any references from past clients.


Not all criminal lawyers have extensive experience in every area of criminal law. If you are facing DUI charges, you probably don’t want an attorney who spends most of his time dealing with assault cases. Make sure your attorney specializes in the area in which you are facing charges.

When it comes time to find the best lawyer in Charlotte has to offer, contact the Law Offices of William H. Harding. With extensive experience practicing criminal law in the Charlotte area, the Law Offices of William H. Harding can give you the advantage you deserve.

Monday, April 29, 2019

"New attorney establishing presence in downtown Gastonia" by Michael Barrett, Gaston Gazette

A Charlotte-based law firm is expanding its reach with a new office in downtown Gastonia.

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William Harding, whose law firm specializes in personal injury and criminal law, expects to open within the next 40 days at 178 W. Main Ave. It will become the third new business to open this year in a six-storefront commercial strip directly adjacent to the Rotary Centennial Pavilion.

Harding earned his law degree from West Virginia University, and he has been licensed to practice in that state since 1996. But in 2010, he became licensed in North Carolina and made the jump to Charlotte.

“We’ve just been growing and now we want to get to the good folks over there in Gastonia,” he said. “And God willing, next year we’ll be in Raleigh-Durham.”

Harding’s firm in Charlotte has already been serving clients in Gastonia, Concord, Huntersville and Statesville, but he sees value in opening a satellite location for his firm here. He expects to hire at least two attorneys to work directly out of the Gastonia office, and support staff will also be based there.

“As we grow, my staff will grow,” he said.

Harding said he also expects to have a physical presence at the new office for some time after opening as he forges bonds with the community.

“This is not my first rodeo,” he said. “I’ve been opening up law firms for a while now, and you’ve got to go out there and gain the respect of the community you serve.”

At end of the day, Harding said his name will be on the door.

“I want folks to know who their attorney is and what we do and what we’re all about,” he said. “You do that with handshake. So they’re going to see quite a bit of me over there.”

It will become the second business to open in an 11,172-square-foot building that sits next to the Rotary Centennial Pavilion. It consists of six total storefronts that have been mostly empty in recent years. But investor Jay Kumar purchased the property a year ago for $800,000 with a goal of redeveloping the spaces and luring new tenants.

The Social Vineyard, a wine bar and shop, became the first new business there at 174 W. Main Ave. in January. A CBD store and vape shop to be known as ‘drip’ will also be opening by the end of April.

Tom McPhaul, a local commercial real estate developer, is managing the building along with several other downtown properties Kumar has acquired. Now that half of the space is spoken for, he hopes to find a single tenant to fill the westernmost end.

You can reach Michael Barrett at 704-869-1826 or on Twitter @GazetteMike.


Article Source: https://www.gastongazette.com/news/20190417/new-attorney-establishing-presence-in-downtown-gastonia

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