Recent Increase in Court Costs

The General Assembly has passed new legislation which became effective July 1, 2011, increasing court costs and fees.  The primary legislation which has affected the court costs is House Bill 200 (Appropriations Act of 2011), which has been further amended by House Bill 22 (2011 Budget Technical Corrections).  House Bill 22 was ratified on June 18, 2011.  HB 22 makes multiple changes to the court cost provisions of the Appropriations Act. 

HB 22 will not be the only cost changes in 2011.  In addition to the cost changes effective July 1, 2011, the Act contains several other cost provisions that are contingent upon the passage of other legislation and which will take effect later in the year.  There are multiple enacted bills that will further affect court costs.

These updated costs affect various things, including but not limited to, the cost of civil filing fees, and the costs and fines associated with traffic citations.  To view the updated cost charts for 2011, you can locate them on the Administrative Office of the Courts’ website at:

Jason O. Wunsch Sworn in as Lillington Rotary Club President

On June 30th, 2011, Jason Wunsch was sworn in as President of the Lillington Rotary Club.  Mr. Wunsch has been a member of the Lillington Rotary Club since 2005.  The installation was held at Senator Robert Morgan’s residence in Lillington.  Mr. Wunsch looks forward to serving his community while leading this club.  Meetings are held at 6:15 on Thursdays at Howards Barbeque in Lillington.

Jason Wunsch Sworn in as Lillington Rotary Club President

Update on House Bill 30

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The House of Representatives ended up passing HB30 by the end of its most recent session.  The vote was 83 in favor of the bill with 32 votes opposing it, a wide margin in favor of passage. The most recent session ended with the Senate not voting on the bill, but having passed the House, the bill can be considered in the remaining 2011 sessions and in the 2012 session.  The bill is still very much alive.

Law Office Expansion

The Law Offices of Jason O. Wunsch are pleased to announce that they will be expanding the size of their Lillington office to include three new offices and a state of the art conference room.  The addition will enlarge the existing building by approximately 1200 square feet and will take six months to complete.  The contractor, George Womble, originally constructed the office in 2006.  “I am excited about the addition as it has become necessary due to the tremendous growth of my business,” stated Jason Wunsch, owner of the law firm.  The Lilington office now includes four attorneys and three support staff.

Wunsch Weekend Gathering

Eighteen people gathered together for the Premiere Party celebrating the Wunsch Law Firm’s Segment on the CW 22’s television show “Legal Minds”.  The party was held at Jason and Laura Wunsch’s home in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on April 23rd, 2011.

Attorneys Jason O. Wunsch and Lindsey Kabbes

Jason Wunsch of the Wunsch Law Firm, appeared on the show and spoke on the topic of representation in Motor Vehicle Accidents.  Lindsey Kabbes, an attorney with the Wunsch Law Firm, also was featured on the show and presented information on representation for Social Security Disability Claims. 

Legal Minds will again air April 30th (CW 22 at 5 P.M) and May 1st (MY RDC at 7 P.M). 

For a free consultation regarding motor vehicle accidents or a Social Security Disability claim, contact the Wunsch Law Firm today!

Law Office Expanding

From the Harnett County News on Aug 4, 2010:

Popular Lillington atttorney Jason Wunsch is expanding his business to a third county. Already with offices in Lillington and Holly Springs, Mr. Wunsch said he will soon have an office in Lee County. He will hire an additional attorney to help with the case load in that county. Mr. Wunsch’s brother, Chad, handles most of the work in the Wake County office. Mr. Wunsch is set to become president of the Lillington Rotary Club next year.

DWI Lawyer Fees

Q: How much do you all charge to represent people for DWI’s? I got one and I’m worried about going to jail. Do I need to be present if you represent me, and also what can happen to me if I plead guilty?

A: DWI’s are very serious charges. The length of a prison sentence is determined by a number of factors including prior DWI’s and your driving record. Our fee for DWI’s varies depending on whether the matter will need to be taken to trial. A client must always be present for these matters.

An attorney is highly recommended because these types of cases could land you in jail/prison. Our job as attorneys would be to evaluate your case. If we do not think we can prevail at trial, then our goal would be to seek a punishment that does not involve active prison time and that does the least amount of damage to your license/ insurance.

Please contact us immediately for further advice and instruction.

Jason Ora Wunsch
Attorney at Law
P.O Box 365
Lillington, N.C 27546

Speeding Ticket Law in North Carolina

Q: I got a traffic ticket going 69 mph in a 55 mph zone and I was writing to ask whether I should just pay the ticket?  This is my first traffic ticket and I'm not sure what is best to do.

A: Paying for traffic tickets is not advisable prior to seeking a reduction in the speed on the traffic ticket. Speeding tickets can very often lead to points on both your driver license and insurance. These points could cause higher insurance premiums and a possible suspension of the drivers license. You or an attorney on your behalf can seek to have the speed of the ticket reduced.

A 69/55 mph zone in Harnett County where I practice can often be reduced to improper equipment which puts no points on you license or insurance.I would advise you to consult with an attorney prior to doing anything with your case.

Jason Ora Wunsch
Attorney at Law
P.O Box 365
Lillington, N.C 27546

Woman Charged With Having Sex With Boy Wants Trial

A Harnett County woman entered a plea Wednesday of not guilty on charges of statutory rape involving a 15-year-old boy.

Crystal Anne Rodriguez, 29, of the 60 block of Westside Drive, Cameron, faces two counts of statutory rape for incidents that allegedly occurred between June 1 and July 31, 2009.

The allegations came to light last Octo ber after the 15-year-old’s family learned Mrs. Rodriguez and her husband, Jose Luis Rodriguez, 27, allegedly had sex with the boy while he was living at their home on Lone Star Court.

“She maintains her innocence,” said defense attorney Jason Wunsch of Lillington, who has been retained by Mrs. Rodriguez. “She looks forward to having her day in court when she can have her trial.”

Mrs. Rodriguez appeared before Supe rior Court Judge Frank Lanier in Lilling ton. He set her trial sate for Sept. 20. As sistant District Attorney Teresa Postell will prosecute the case.

This is the second set of charges against Mrs. Rodriguez, who in 2007 was charged with having sex with a 14-year old boy and fondling his 13-year-old brother.

Though originally indicted on felony charges, Mrs. Rodriguez pleaded guilty in January 2008 to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery charges in that case. Mr.

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Wunsch also defendend Mrs. Rodriguez on those charges. He said this time there will be a trial, not a plea deal.

— Lisa Farmer

Daily Record Photo/Reece Murphy

Crystal Rodriguez, right, appears in court in March with her attorney Jason Wunsch. Daily Record Photo/Reece Murphy