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

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.…

NC Murder Charge

As unfortunate as it may be, people die every day. Some die of illnesses, health complications, unforeseen occurrence such as accidents, and others die from the hands of others, which is murder. Many times we see on the news how people have been murdered and the killer has been identified, yet charges end up getting…

NC Gun Laws

It seems like every day when you turn on the news, or pick up a newspaper, there is some type of violence going on and someone or multiple people who have been killed by a gun. Although scary, the thought of randomly being gunned down while in a public location may cross the minds of…

Criminal Trespass

It is no secret about all the controversy that has been going on within the past months surrounding the removal of confederate statutes. Under our Constitution, everyone is entitled to First Amendment freedoms. Everyone is entitled to have their own beliefs and what they believe in, and how they view historic events and structures that…