Information for individuals in North Carolina who have been charged with a criminal violation with either state or federal charges.

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Taking Best Aim: Getting a Fair Trial

“Facts. Just the facts, ma’am.” That’s according to Joe Friday, from the classic police show, Dragnet. But facts—Dragnet aside— aren’t the only important thing in the law. Having a great criminal defense lawyer on your side goes well beyond the alleged facts of the case.es, it is important to make the AG prove facts and…

DNA and Criminal Charges in NC

Familial DNA Matching One of the big headlines recently was the arrest of James Joseph DeAngelo, an alleged rapist and murderer. Dubbed the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist, DeAngelo terrorized citizens in several California communities during a ten-year period. He is connected to more than a dozen murders, 50 rapes, and numerous…

Charlotte Civilian Review Board

Policing Police Departments The internal affairs (IA) division of a law enforcement agency is an in-house investigative agency.  The IA investigates allegations of misuse of public office, use of force by officers, accusations of criminal wrongdoing by law enforcement officers, and violations of agency policy.  In other words, the IA’s role is to investigate and find…

Debtor’s Prison

Is Debtor’s Prison Making a Comeback?   It is unconstitutional to impose a fine as a sentence and then automatically convert it into “a jail term solely because the defendant is indigent and cannot forthwith pay the fine in full.”  Tate v. Short, 401 U.S. 395 (1971).  Tate was an indigent man convicted of traffic offenses…

Searches and Seizures

Fourth Amendment Rights The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides that the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.…