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Michael Rowland

107 Monroe Street
Carthage NC 28327
(910) 947-2280

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Rowland & Yauger

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Michael C. Rowland Jr.

Getting to know Mike Rowland...

I became a lawyer because: I believe this is my life purpose. There are a lot of negative stereotypes about lawyers, but I believe it is a noble calling to serve others and help them with their burdens.

What I like most about the law is: Being an advocate for those who can't speak or fight for themselves. It is an opportunity to help people level the playing field. As a lawyer, you help your clients obtain justice, or mercy, as the situation may require.

My most rewarding case...is difficult to pinpoint because each day and each case provides new rewards for me. We have settled many personal injury cases for tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands, but sometimes the most rewarding cases can be the small ones. For example, I recently settled a Personal Injury case for just a few thousand dollars, but this was very satisfying because the insurance company initially wrongfully denied my client's claim. He came to me with a small, but valid claim that many attorneys would refuse to pursue. I felt my client had been unjustly treated so I agreed to take the case to litigation for him. The insurance company soon decided they needed to settle that case-the same case they initially denied. It wasn't a great deal of money to either my client or my firm, but it was a matter of making sure my clients are treated right, and that was very satisfying.

In my criminal practice I enjoy, on almost a daily basis, helping people straighten out their driver's license so they can drive legally. It is amazing how difficult it makes life for people to go without a valid license. Once people get their license back they tend to be very excited and much more responsible with their privileges because they truly understand the value of that license. This is also very rewarding to me.

I founded Rowland & Yauger because...I wanted to develop a small town practice in an area where I grew up and deliver quality legal services to my friends and neighbors in a place where I want to live and raise my family.

What makes Rowland & Yauger different from other lawyers? We want to contribute to our community, we grew up here and want to make a difference here. We are accessible and down to earth. We are aggressive and intelligent trial lawyers with a blue collar work ethic.

Someone I really admire is...my father. He is an outstanding surgeon and has a very busy practice, but he has always made time for family and made us a priority along with his faith in God. He is a great example to me, and I hope to carry on his values so that I may pass them on to my children.

When not at work, I enjoy: Being with my family. Next to my faith, nothing is more important than my family and being the best husband and father that I can be.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1997

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1997
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

The State of North Carolina is continually increasing the potential penalties under its Driving While Impaired statutes to make North Carolina's DWI laws among the toughest in the nation. Our attorneys are familiar with the latest changes in the driving while impaired laws and how they can affect your particular case. While each case is different, our attorneys have developed a systemized approach to help you determine if your case is appropriate for a trial, or whether a negotiated guilty plea is in your best interest. In either event, it is our goal to give each case our best efforts, educate our clients about the possible outcomes, and prepare them for court. We have successfully handled hundreds of these cases for our clients.

What is Driving While Impaired?

The North Carolina General Assembly has made it a crime to drive any vehicle on a public vehicular area or public road while under the influence of an impairing substance, or with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more. This means that the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The Defendant was operating a motor vehicle
  • The Defendant was on a public road or public vehicular area
  • That the defendant was under the influence of an impairing substance, or had an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher

Because case law is constantly changing, it is important to discuss the elements of your case with an attorney experienced and knowledgeable in this area of the law.

Rowland & Yauger will consider the following defense strategies, among others, on your behalf:

  • Can the State prove you were driving?
  • Will the Officer remember you among all the other traffic stops he makes?
  • Can the State prove that the road was state maintained or a public vehicular area and not a private road?
  • Can the State prove that you were mentally or physically impaired or had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more while you were operating the vehicle?
  • Can the State prove that all of your tests were administered properly?
  • Can the State prove that the results of your tests are accurate under the specific circumstances of your case?
  • Was the evidence provided by the State collected in an unconstitutional or unlawful manner?
  • Can the State prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt?

DWI Punishment and Sentencing:

Before determining the punishment, the Court must determine your sentencing level. There are five misdemeanor sentencing levels ranging from Level 1, the most serious, to Level 5, the least serious. The Court determines the sentencing level based upon statutory factors that are characterized as “grossly aggravating,” “aggravating,” or “mitigating.” Among factors considered are:

  • prior convictions for driving while impaired
  • children under the age of 16 in the vehicle
  • whether you obtained a substance abuse assessment prior to court
  • your overall driving history.

Punishment Levels:

  • Level Five: 24 hours to 60 days in jail. A minimum of 24 hours must be imposed. This sentence is usually suspended if you agree to perform 24 hours of community service or not operate a motor vehicle for 30 days. Typically defendants are placed on unsupervised probation, but supervised probation is a possibility. The Judge may grant a limited driving privilege under this level if you are otherwise eligible. You will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommendations. The Court can impose a fine up to $200.00.

  • Level Four: 48 hours to 120 days in jail. A minimum of 48 hours must be imposed, but this sentence is usually suspended if you agree to perform 48 hours of community service or not operate a motor vehicle for 60 days. Supervised or unsupervised probation is a possibility. The Judge may grant a limited driving privilege under this level if you are otherwise eligible. You will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommendations. The Court may impose a fine up to $500.00

  • Level Three: 72 hours to 6 months in jail. A minimum of 72 hours must be imposed. This sentence is usually suspended if you agree to perform 72 hours of community service or not operate a motor vehicle for 90 days. Supervised or unsupervised probation is a possibility. The Judge may grant a limited driving privilege under this level if you are otherwise eligible. You will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommendations. The Court may impose a fine up to $1,000.00

  • Level Two: 7 days to 12 months in jail. You must serve at least 7 days in jail. If you attend an inpatient treatment program the Court may credit that against your jail time. You may be placed on probation. A limited driving privilege is not possible. You will need to get a substance abuse assessment and comply with its recommendations. The Court may impose a fine up to $2,000.00.

  • Level One: 30 days to 24 months in jail. You must serve at least 30 days in jail. If you attend an inpatient treatment program the Court may credit that against your jail time. You may be placed on probation. A limited driving privilege is not possible. You will need to get a substance abuse assessment and comply with its recommendations. A fine may be imposed up to $4,000.00.

Ignition Interlock: When your blood alcohol concentration is greater that .15 you will have to install an interlock ignition device on any vehicle you drive.

Vehicle Seizure: If at the time of your current offense you are driving with a revoked driver’s license for a prior DWI, your vehicle can be seized and forfeited.

Rowland & Yauger have extensive experience handling traffic and criminal matters throughout our judicial district, which consists of Moore, Randolph, and Montgomery counties, N.C. We can also assist you with representation in the surrounding counties of Richmond, Hoke, and Scotland, N.C.

Please Call : 910-947-2280

Michael C. Rowland Jr.

Getting to know Mike Rowland...

I became a lawyer because: I believe this is my life purpose. There are a lot of negative stereotypes about lawyers, but I believe it is a noble calling to serve others and help them with their burdens.

What I like most about the law is: Being an advocate for those who can't speak or fight for themselves. It is an opportunity to help people level the playing field. As a lawyer, you help your clients obtain justice, or mercy, as the situation may require.

My most rewarding case...is difficult to pinpoint because each day and each case provides new rewards for me. We have settled many personal injury cases for tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands, but sometimes the most rewarding cases can be the small ones. For example, I recently settled a Personal Injury case for just a few thousand dollars, but this was very satisfying because the insurance company initially wrongfully denied my client's claim. He came to me with a small, but valid claim that many attorneys would refuse to pursue. I felt my client had been unjustly treated so I agreed to take the case to litigation for him. The insurance company soon decided they needed to settle that case-the same case they initially denied. It wasn't a great deal of money to either my client or my firm, but it was a matter of making sure my clients are treated right, and that was very satisfying.

In my criminal practice I enjoy, on almost a daily basis, helping people straighten out their driver's license so they can drive legally. It is amazing how difficult it makes life for people to go without a valid license. Once people get their license back they tend to be very excited and much more responsible with their privileges because they truly understand the value of that license. This is also very rewarding to me.

I founded Rowland & Yauger because...I wanted to develop a small town practice in an area where I grew up and deliver quality legal services to my friends and neighbors in a place where I want to live and raise my family.

What makes Rowland & Yauger different from other lawyers? We want to contribute to our community, we grew up here and want to make a difference here. We are accessible and down to earth. We are aggressive and intelligent trial lawyers with a blue collar work ethic.

Someone I really admire is...my father. He is an outstanding surgeon and has a very busy practice, but he has always made time for family and made us a priority along with his faith in God. He is a great example to me, and I hope to carry on his values so that I may pass them on to my children.

When not at work, I enjoy: Being with my family. Next to my faith, nothing is more important than my family and being the best husband and father that I can be.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1997

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1997
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Firm Overview

Aggressive Representation and Solutions to Your Problems

Attorneys and Counselors at Law in Carthage & Asheboro

At Rowland & Yauger, we serve people throughout the Sandhills, Pinehurst, Carthage, Aberdeen, Asheboro and Southern Pines regions of North Carolina. We provide legal representation in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, criminal law, bankruptcy, workers' compensation, family law and business law.

The attorneys who started our firm, Mike Rowland and Brett Yauger, grew up in this community and are committed to providing their friends and neighbors with practical legal services that meet their needs. Whatever your concern is, you can trust us to take the necessary steps to get results.

Do you need help resolving a tough legal issue? Speak with an experienced lawyer today. For a free consultation, call toll free 888-850-0274 for our Carthage office or 888-850-0274 for our Asheboro office.

Experience, Knowledge, Results

At Rowland & Yauger, small-town values and old-fashioned hard work make all the difference. In addition to our attorneys, we have a strong support staff that includes eight full-time assistants and two certified paralegals. Our entire firm is committed to providing quality, personalized legal services to our clients. You can trust us to resolve your legal issue in a way that works for you and your family.

We Have Answers to Your Important Questions

If you have questions about your legal options, don't hesitate to check out our FAQ section for helpful answers. To see how we have been able to help others in similar situations put their problems behind them, visit our client testimonials page.

If you are ready to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney, contact us today for a free consultation.

Practice Areas

Solutions for Your Legal Issues in Carthage & Asheboro

When you are dealing with a legal problem, you need a local lawyer willing to work hard and do what it takes to achieve results. At the firm of Rowland & Yauger, our attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of practice areas and can take care of your legal needs.

Personal Injury

If you have been injured due to the negligence of others, you have the right to seek full and just compensation for your injuries. We handle a broad range of personal injury cases involving:

Criminal Law

When your rights are on the line, you can trust our experienced attorneys to defend you aggressively and to make sure you are treated fairly, and obtain justice or mercy on your behalf as the situation may require. We handle a variety of criminal law issues, including:

Bankruptcy

If you are struggling and find yourself overwhelmed by debt and aren't making any headway, bankruptcy might be your best chance for a fresh start. Our firm covers many bankruptcy topics, such as:

Family Law

Our families are important to us, and we know how difficult these issues can be. We provide people with skilled representation and knowledgeable counsel in a variety of family law practice areas, including:

We Are Ready to Help You Get Results

For answers to your important legal questions, visit our FAQ page or schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

You can contact us via e-mail or call toll free 888-850-0274 for our Carthage office or 888-850-0274 for our Asheboro office.

Traffic offenses

Carthage, North Carolina, Traffic Ticket Lawyers

If you have a speeding ticket or other traffic charge pending in district court, we invite you to contact our law office for a consultation to learn how we can assist you in handling this matter.

The traffic ticket lawyers at Rowland & Yauger represent people charged with speeding and other traffic offenses throughout our judicial district in North Carolina, including Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Montgomery counties. We can also assist you with representation in the surrounding counties of Chatham, Hoke, Lee, and Cumberland. Our lawyers successfully handle hundreds of traffic tickets a month for our clients.

Traffic citations can have negative consequences for both your driver's license and insurance rates. Speaking to an experienced attorney can help you minimize, and often eliminate, the adverse effects of a ticket.

At Rowland & Yauger, we strive to benefit our clients in the following ways:

  • A negotiated reduction of your present offense to minimize or eliminate the consequences of your driving record and insurance rates.
  • Outstanding service and results at reasonable fees.
  • The convenience of handling many simple traffic matters by telephone, mail, fax and e-mail.

Many cases can be handled without your presence in court. We accept payment by Visa or MasterCard for your convenience.

Types of traffic tickets handled

We handle all types of speeding and other traffic tickets, including:

  • Careless and reckless driving
  • Driving after consuming alcohol if the driver is under 21
  • Driving while license or registration suspended or revoked
  • DWI/DWI
  • Driving with expired registration
  • Felony death by vehicle
  • Hit and run
  • Manslaughter or negligent homicide involving a motor vehicle
  • Speeding tickets
  • Speeding to avoid arrest
  • Speeding in a construction zone
  • Speeding in a school zone
  • Racing
  • Failure to yield to emergency vehicle
  • Failure to yield right-of-way
  • Failure to have liability insurance
  • Failure to stop for a siren
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Running a red light
  • Running a stop sign
  • Illegal passing
  • Following too closely

The true cost of traffic tickets

The cost of traffic tickets goes far beyond the original fine. A significant consequence is the possibility that your insurance premiums could increase from 25 percent to 400 percent after a traffic conviction. Many people just pay the ticket when a knowledgeable attorney in many cases is able to save their driving record and keep their insurance rates from increasing. Traffic violations will follow you for years and can also cause increased penalties for any future violations.

Points and how they affect your insurance.

A charge of one extra mile per hour on a ticket can be the difference between a fine and the loss of your driver's license. A knowledgeable attorney may be able to save you from this consequence which could necessitate finding alternate transportation to your place of employment as well as many other aspects of your daily life.

One insurance point is a 25 percent increase, two points a 45 percent increase, and three points a 65 percent increase. Check the chart to see the increase in your rate.

Points
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

% Rate Increase
25%
45%
65%
90%
120%
150%
180%
220%
260%
300%
350%
400%

Cost if Basic Rate is $300
$ 375
$ 435
$ 495
$ 570
$ 660
$ 750
$ 840
$ 960
$1,080
$1,200
$1,350
$1,500

The North Carolina Safe Driver Incentive Plan (SDIP) was enacted by the General Assembly to reward safe drivers with the lowest possible insurance costs. Drivers who are convicted of moving traffic violations and/or cause accidents will be charged higher premiums in accordance with their driving records.

SDIP points are charged as follows for convictions and at-fault accidents occurring during the Experience Period (The three years immediately preceding the date of application of the preparation of the renewal):

12 Points:

  • Manslaughter or Negligent Homicide
  • Prearranged Highway Racing or Lending a Car for Prearranged Highway Racing
  • Hit-and-Run, Bodily Injury or Death
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Driving with a Blood-Alcohol Level Greater than .08%
  • Driving While Impaired
  • Transporting Illegal Intoxicating Liquor for Sale

10 Points:

  • Highway Racing or Lending a Car for Highway Racing
  • Speeding to elude arrest

8 Points:

  • Driving During Revocation or Suspension of License or Registration

4 Points:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Hit-and-Run, Property Damage Only
  • Passing a Stopped School Bus
  • Speeding in Excess of 75 mph or 80 mph in a 70 mph zone
  • Driving after consuming alcohol, driver under 21

3 Points:

  • At-Fault Accident Resulting in Bodily Injury over $500 or Death; or Property Damage of $2,500 or More*

2 Points:

  • Illegal Passing
  • Speeding in Excess of 55 mph But less than 76 mph
  • Driving on Wrong Side of Road
  • At-Fault Accident Resulting in Property Damage in Excess of $1,500, but less than $2,500*

1 Point:

  • All Other Moving Violations or At-Fault Accidents Resulting in Property Damage of $1500 or less and bodily injury of $500 or less*

If you are in an accident in which you are ticketed, only the higher of the accident or violation points will be charged.

Special Exemptions

Damage by animal contact, flying gravel or falling objects will not result in a loss of SDIP points. In addition, no SDIP points will be charged for speeding 10 mph or less over the posted speed limit provided:

  • The violation did not occur in a school zone.
  • There is a clean driving record for the previous three years (a single Prayer for Judgment Continued or PJC will not count as a prior conviction for the purpose of this exception.]

Non-resident Traffic Tickets

North Carolina and most other states and parts of Canada have joined together under the Non-Resident Violator Compact. A license suspension or serious ticket in any member state equals a ticket or loss of license in all 44 member states. If your license is suspended in North Carolina, you cannot obtain a license in any of the member states until your North Carolina driving privileges are restored.

If you fail to pay a ticket in North Carolina, your driver's license in North Carolina may be suspended. It is unlikely that you will be able obtain or renew your license in your home state until you have resolved the ticket in North Carolina and had your driving privileges restored here.

Most states also exchange information under the National Driver License Compact for serious violations such as DWIs and suspended license due to unpaid tickets in North Carolina. This means that these violations will be charged against your license in your home state. In some states, even less serious out-of-state traffic violations are charged against your license.

We invite you to contact a traffic ticket lawyer at Rowland & Yauger for a consultation about your legal rights. You can call our office at 910-947-2280 or toll free at 888-850-0274.

Driving while impaired

Carthage, North Carolina, DWI/DUI Lawyers

The State of North Carolina is continually increasing the potential penalties under its Driving While Impaired (DWI) statutes. As a result, North Carolina's DWI laws are among the toughest in the nation.

If you have been charged with DWI or DUI, please contact a lawyer at our firm to discuss your legal rights. We never charge attorneys' fees for personally consulting with you about your case. We will only charge fees if you hire our firm in your defense. We represent people charged with DWI or drunk driving throughout central North Carolina, including Moore, Randolph, and Montgomery counties. We can also assist you with representation in the surrounding counties of Chatham, Hoke, Lee, and Cumberland.

Our attorneys are familiar with the latest changes in North Carolina DWI laws and how they can affect your particular case. While each case is different, our attorneys have developed a systemized approach to help you determine whether your case is appropriate for a trial or whether a negotiated guilty plea is in your best interest. In either event, our goal is to give your case our best efforts, educate you about the possible outcomes, and prepare you for court. Our lawyers have successfully handled hundreds of DWI cases for our clients.

What is "driving while impaired?"

The North Carolina General Assembly has made it a crime to drive any vehicle on a public vehicular area or public road while under the influence of an impairing substance, or with an alcohol level of .08 or more. This means that the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The defendant was operating a motor vehicle
  • The defendant was on a public road or public vehicular area
  • That the defendant was under the influence of an impairing substance, or had an alcohol concentration of .08 or higher

Because DWI case law is constantly changing, it is important to discuss the elements of your case with an attorney who experienced and knowledgeable in this area of the law.

DWI Defenses

Rowland & Yauger will consider the following defense strategies, among others, on your behalf:

  • Can the State prove you were driving?
  • Will the officer remember you among all the other traffic stops he makes?
  • Can the State prove that the road was state-maintained or a public vehicular area and not a private road?
  • Can the State prove that you were mentally or physically impaired or had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more while you were operating the vehicle?
  • Can the State prove that all of your tests were administered properly?
  • Can the State prove that the results of your tests are accurate under the specific circumstances of your case?
  • Was the evidence provided by the State collected in an unconstitutional or unlawful manner?
  • Can the State prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt?

DWI Punishment and Sentencing

Before determining the punishment, the court must determine your sentencing level. The court determines the sentencing level based upon statutory factors that are characterized as "grossly aggravating," "aggravating," or "mitigating." Among factors considered are:

  • Prior convictions for driving while impaired
  • Children under the age of 16 in the vehicle
  • Whether you obtained a substance abuse assessment prior to court
  • Your overall driving history

There are five misdemeanor sentencing levels ranging from Level 1, the most serious, to Level 5, the least serious:

  • Level Five: From 24 hours to 60 days in jail. A minimum of 24 hours must be imposed. This sentence is usually suspended if you agree to perform 24 hours of community service or not operate a motor vehicle for 30 days. Typically defendants are placed on unsupervised probation, but supervised probation is a possibility. The judge may grant a limited driving privilege under this level if you are otherwise eligible. You will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommendations. The court can impose a fine up to $200.00.
  • Level Four: From 48 hours to 120 days in jail. A minimum of 48 hours must be imposed, but this sentence is usually suspended if you agree to perform 48 hours of community service or not operate a motor vehicle for 60 days. Supervised or unsupervised probation is a possibility. The Judge may grant a limited driving privilege under this level if you are otherwise eligible. You will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommendations. The court may impose a fine up to $500.00
  • Level Three: From 72 hours to 6 months in jail. A minimum of 72 hours must be imposed. This sentence is usually suspended if you agree to perform 72 hours of community service or not operate a motor vehicle for 90 days. Supervised or unsupervised probation is a possibility. The judge may grant a limited driving privilege under this level if you are otherwise eligible. You will be required to obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with the recommendations. The court may impose a fine up to $1,000.00
  • Level Two: From 7 days to 12 months in jail. You must serve at least 7 days in jail. If you attend an inpatient treatment program the court may credit that against your jail time. You may be placed on probation. A limited driving privilege is not possible. You will need to get a substance abuse assessment and comply with its recommendations. The court may impose a fine up to $2,000.00.
  • Level One: From 30 days to 24 months in jail. You must serve at least 30 days in jail. If you attend an inpatient treatment program the Court may credit that against your jail time. You may be placed on probation. A limited driving privilege is not possible. You will need to get a substance abuse assessment and comply with its recommendations. A fine may be imposed up to $4,000.00.

Other DWI punishments include:

  • Ignition Interlock: When your blood alcohol concentration is greater that .16 you will have to install an interlock ignition device on any vehicle you drive.
  • Vehicle Seizure: If at the time of your current offense you are driving with a revoked driver's license for a prior DWI, your vehicle can be seized and forfeited.

The attorneys at Rowland & Yauger have extensive experience handling DWI cases throughout our judicial district, which consists of Moore, Randolph, and Montgomery counties in North Carolina. We can also assist you with representation in the surrounding counties of Chatham, Hoke, Lee, and Cumberland.

We invite you to contact a DUI lawyer at Rowland & Yauger for a consultation about your legal rights. You can call our office at 910-947-2280 or toll free at 888-850-0274.


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