Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer
Damon Chetson

Sharing His Thoughts on Current Issues in the Raleigh, Wake County, and North Carolina Criminal Court System
 

Prescription Fraud: What is Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud?

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North Carolina takes all drug charges extremely seriously and among the most serious charges are those relating to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, often called prescription fraud. Under NCGS § 90-108, it is unlawful for any person to: Obtain a controlled substance by representing that they are a licensed practitioner able to prescribe medication when [...]

Zellinger Picks Up Endorsement

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On the heels of the March endorsement by the State Employees Association (SEANC), comes word today that the Indy Weekly, the progressive weekly, has given Boz Zellinger a full-throated endorsement in the Democratic primary against Lorrin Freeman. While the paper notes that “both of the candidates [in the Democratic primary] are highly qualified,” the paper [...]

NYPD’s Twitter Fail

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In what must be the public relations FAIL of the month, the New York Police Department posted a photograph of two smiling officers and a citizen withy hashtag #myNYPD and a request for others to post similar other photographs. Twitter, being twitter, has now responded with dozens of photographs of less-than-pleasant encounters with NYPD officers, [...]

A Tip Stops a Car: Navarette v. California

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When can a tipster’s anonymous tip allow police to stop a car? It used to be that an anonymous tip was never enough. That police had to have some reason to think that the tipster was reliable, even if police did not know the exact identity of the tipster. A California Highway Patrol officer stopped [...]

NC Felonies: What Is A Felony in North Carolina?

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A felony in North Carolina is a serious charge. In the past, a felony was defined as a crime for which you could serve more than one year in prison as a punishment for the crime, but that has since changed. Today, the North Carolina Legislature determines what crimes are classified as felonies. Some crimes [...]

The Debut of The Chetson Firm’s DWI Corner

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Driving While Impaired, or DWI, is one of the most common charges in North Carolina. In Wake County alone, there are sometimes between 20-30 DWI arrests in each 24 hour period. We don’t think of people charged with DWI as hardened criminals. Most of our clients are hard working professionals that haven’t been in trouble [...]

Child Abuse in a Hot Car

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Shanesha Taylor, charged wih felony child abuse by the Maricopa County attorney in Arizona, has captured the sympathies of people across the country. Since her late March arrest, after she left her six year old and her baby in a car for 45 minutes while she went to a job interview, Americans have donated more [...]