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Mr. Connelly represented me in a DV case in 2009. I can attest to his punctuality, professionalism, attention to detail, and his willingness to answer any and all questions via phone or email during my dealings with him. He responded to my myriad of questions usually within an hour or two... exceptional for any attorney. His office staff is courterious and professional. He is serious and diligent in handling cases. Although the DA would not budge for any type of reduced sentence, I feel he did the best he could under the circumstances. The outcome of the case was not entirely favorable to me as I had two bad options to decide upon. Looking back, I would have explained the details of "what happened" differently. I feel like I blabbered on too much by disclosing to him some personally damaging information thereby not giving him many options to deny what my ex reported to the police. He is a very scrupulous person (again, not a common trait for attorneys). Being totally honest with him was not in my best interest and feel things would have gone differently had he argued and questioned the validity and proof of my ex-wifes accusations more fervently. It was my word against hers, and sadly the judges do tend to lean more to the wife's side of the story...even without any proof. The fact that I had been punched, scatched, and kicked by my ex several times during our marriage, were never even brought before the judge. Thankfully, she and I have developed a decent rapport as the years went by. Just be cautious and prudent in what you disclose to him that could negatively affect your case. But I can tell you that things could have turned out much worse without his representation as he is a well known and respected attorney in the Charlotte area. The DA would not allow us any options for a lesser charge and she was unwilling to compromise. In my case, the sentencing resulted in a reduction to a (PJC). But even this created many personal and professional difficulties (e.g. Being refused employment on one occasion due to a background check) He's a great guy and will work hard for you, but in the end, it's the judges and the DAs who ultimately call the shots. I would still recommend him. He is honest and he takes all his cases very seriously. The 4 stars is simply because he was unable to have the case dismissed or at least reduced to a lesser offense which is obviously what people are looking for when they retain counsel. He did manage to attain a PJC for the final disposition, and I remain grateful for his efforts in doing so.
There is no strong lawyer in all of the Charlotte area than Attorney Chris Connelly!!! If you are trying to find the best lawyer possible to help you with a case and at a very reasonable price, look no further. After getting my 2nd DUI in 7 years, I was scared to death and determined to find the best lawyer that I can find to represent me. I went in person to interview several lawyers to determine who I felt would have the experience and knowledge to best find a way to get me out of this mess. The moment I went to see Chris Connelly, I immediately knew he was good. My case got continued several times before going to trial and every time Mr Connelly entered the courtroom, you could see the level of respect other attorneys gave him because it was very clear that he was the real deal. Chris Connelly put in countless hours of study into my personal case to gather all the facts and presented many different and creative strategies in which we could attack our case. Because of his high level of expertise, it almost seemed as if no one was brave enough to stand up against him. As a result, the state kept asking for continuences totaling nearly two years. Finally, when the day of judgement finally came, the trial took nearly no time at all and the judge made the ruling to dismiss the case. I was astonished to see how quickly Chris Connelly won our case for us. If you are looking for the best lawyer money can buy. Rest assured that Chris Connelly is THE BEST!!! If you are unsure if you can afford such a highly skilled lawyer, you would be surprised at how reasonable his rates are. If you care about your future like I did, hiring Attorney Chris Connelly will be the best decision you can make.
Chris has done it again, 3rd time is charm. The first time I used Chris he got me off of reckless driving and speeding. I contacted him on Friday evening and got a email back from him Saturday. Monday morning he called me at like 10am and informed me the charges were dropped.2nd - incident - Caught on hwy 77 doing 115mph in my corvette. Again charges dropped.3rd screw up and definitely my last. I ran from the police on my street bike. Charged with Felony eluding, confiscated my bike, 133mph, failure to stop, and about 5 other tickets. I spent the night In jail and as soon as I got out I contacted Chris's office. within an hour he called me back and said to come in and talk. From there on I didn't have to do anything but show up at court. Anytime I had a question and emailed Chris I had a response within a couple of hours. In court the man is awesome, he got in front of the judge and made me sound like a medal of honor war hero (I'm a veteran). I guess it helped because when it was all said and done; my felony was reduced to a misdemeanor, speeding was dropped and the only thing I got was reckless driving. Which is very fair considering I was passing state troopers well over 150mph inches from their mirrors. One occasion I went through two of them. So I totally deserve a reckless driving charge. Last but certainly not least I got my bike back!!! woohooo!!! I can't drive it for a year but that's probably for the best. Thanks again Chris!! Here's another * for this review.
Let me start by saying I AM TERRIFIED OF THE DENTIST! However, After loosing an old filling many years ago and a divorce at the same time I just did not have "extra" funds to have medical attention. After time the tooth continued to disintegrate. I was in no pain but knew it made me uncomfortable. My now boyfriend encouraged me to have it taken care of. I had heard about EDC from a friend who had a good experience at this office, so I went.. My first visit was $80ish for the X-ray and the consult. They determined that it would be difficult to do but they were ready that moment to extract it. I had the work that day so I came back 3 weeks later to see Dr. Yu. Let me just tell you this man did an excellent job! He warned me there may be complications due to the amount of decay and that I may have to see an oral surgeon. He did it quickly with skill and precision. I felt wonderful and relieved once it was over! The price is comparable to a regular dentist so it's not cheap but he was good!!!!! The ONLY quam I have is that at the end of your visit your kinda out of it a bit and they throw a lot of info at you. It was a tidge confusing. I wish they had covered that at the beginning of the service along with detailed written medication instructions so you can look it over once your more with it. I liked the staff as well. To me it was a win/win situation!
I applied for my CCW permit in June of 2016. I was notified in October of that same year that my permit was denied due to some information shared by my medical provider. First, the sheriff took more time than what is legally allowed to review my permit. Second, and more importantly, I was wrongfully and subjectively categorized as being ineligible to have a CCW permit based on North Carolina's mental health law. I contacted Chris Connelly and explained to him my case. I could see during our introductory meeting that he was very passionate about defending me as he had heard far too many other cases of honest, hard-working, law-abiding citizens being denied their Second Amendment rights based on the subjective thinking of Mecklenburg County's liberal activist sheriff.I followed Chris's instructions to the letter, providing him all necessary documentation and referral letters in a timely manner. By March of 2017, I was notified that Chris had won our appeal and my legal right to possess a CCW was upheld.I cannot thank Chris Connelly enough and would highly recommend anyone faced with a similar case to contact him immediately. DO NOT take this challenge on alone. You only have one chance at a CCW appeal. Make it count. Hire Chris Connelly.
If you are looking for lawyer, please take the time to at least read what I have to say about this incredible lawyer. I am almost 60 years old, have hired many attorneys, but not one that does this great of a job. He listens to what you have to say, has a courtroom demeanor that makes you feel like you are being protected and defended in the best possible manner. His fees are fair and well-deserved. He reviews all aspects and studies your case like it is the only one, although he has very many others. He is extremely intelligent and knows the law and when to apply it spontaneously and correctly. You can trust what he says and what he does. He KEEPS HIS WORD. If you google this attorney, you will find the complete experience that I had with Mr. Corby. It is worth the time to review. IT APPEARS THAT Mr. Corby has saved me about $70,000.00 in alleged estate debt. Do you know anyone else that can do that! This attorney is both great to work with and a wonderful person. He is not arrogant and condescending, but caring and attentive. Hire him quick before your opposition does. Once you hire him, you will understand why I said that!
I highly recommend Mr. Connelly. I was charged with a DUI a couple years ago and hired a different Law Firm. The case was continued for almost a year (which was fine by me) but every time I appeared for court, there was a different attorney from the firm to whom I had to explain the details of my case. I understand that I am not a high profile politician or celebrity but I felt as if they could not have cared less about my situation. About a year later, I was pulled over and arrested for DWLR and decided to hire Mr. Connelly based on a few recommendations from others who had similar situations. When you hire Chris, you will deal with Chris. I much prefer this approach and felt as if he gave a damn about me and my situation. This was a pretty serious situation considering the DWLR was a result of a DUI charge and jail time was a real possibility. Ultimately Mr. Connelly, was able to get the charge completely dismissed. This could have had a major impact on my career (especially if it resulted in any jail time) and I could not be more appreciative of the job that Mr. Connelly did.
Money in hand speaks volumes if Katy Moore is to treat you. Should you not have dental insurance or have some, be sure to make payment arrangements with Vickie! The staff’s great; however, Dr. Moore takes good care of her patients when it’s a definite they can pay upfront or have backup funding. My teeth are rotting out as I write this and I'm less than happy with her on a daily basis. I’m recuperating from dental surgery done at CMC – MAIN Dentistry while I was in hospital for other reasons. I'm angry because she could have saved teeth that are now long gone. An example, I have several teeth that had cavities, said something about it to her assistant, Denise whose answer was, ‘Yes, we know.’ It was not until I was in severe pain and asked that they be treated did they do anything. God blessed me with two older brothers who pay my dental bills or I’d have no teeth at all. Be sure you can text because Dr. Moore does not answer phone calls after hours in cases of emergencies.
Recent international tragedies and violent crimes prompted me to seek a handgun permit that would allow me to take responsibility for my family’s protection. So, when my permit request was denied, I was dismayed and didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, I was referred to Christopher Connelly, an attorney who fervently believes in and was willing to fight for my 2nd Amendment rights. Mr. Connelly and his entire staff were professionals in every sense of the word. Christopher’s counsel was excellent. His approach was personable, professional, and legally sound. Within a few months, my permit was approved and my rights were restored.I firmly believe Christopher Connelly is the greatest and most qualified 2nd Amendment attorney in Charlotte, NC. I assure you, he is on your side and will do everything in his power to receive a judgment in your favor. I recommend him in the highest regard and I’m forever grateful to him and his staff.
Strong, honest and hard working attorneysI was shocked and did not know where to turn when my Divorce began. The Passenant & Shearin Law firm was recommended by a friend and I am so thankful. They addressed my case swiftly and walked me through the process that is very confusing to a layperson. My concerns around false allegations, custody, and property (among many others) were all handled aggressively, professionally, and with my rights being protected. I have had the opportunity to work with several members of the firm because they work as a "team". I am especially thankful to Shelia Passenant for my initial consultation and hearing along with Brione Pattison who has walked me through the often difficult process of Divorce with custody issues. I would highly recommend Passenant and Shearin Law to anyone who wants strong, honest, and hard working Attorneys fighting for your rights.
The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.
Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.
Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.
There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:
Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.
Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.
Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.
Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.
Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.
Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.
Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.
Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.
Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.
Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:
Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.
Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.
Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.
Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:
Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.
Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.