Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer
Damon Chetson

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

Overland Park Shooter has ties to North Carolina

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The alleged shooter in Sunday’s killing of three people at an Overland Park, Kansas Jewish Community Center has ties to North Carolina. Glenn Miller (also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.) was convicted by a jury in the 1980s of operating a paramilitary organization in violation of a federal court consent decree and then later [...]

Should I have jury trial or a bench trial?

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In North Carolina, a defendant cannot choose which type of trial he or she wants. If you’re in District Court, a jury trial is not available; a trial will be by judge. You can effectively choose a jury trial by either having a bench trial in District Court and then appealing, or by pleading not [...]

What is a trial?

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A trial in the American system and, specifically, in North Carolina can be either a jury trial or a bench trial before a judge in which, in a criminal setting, the State of North Carolina or the Federal Government attempts to persuade the judge or jury that the Defendant is guilty of the crimes with [...]

What Happens in a Trial?

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A trial has five main parts. Pre-trial motions are motions heard by the trial judge dealing with issues outside the presence of the jury. These trials may be dispositive of the case, and may end up resolving the case without the need for a full trial. First, jury selection or voir dire is the second [...]

What is misdemeanor larceny?

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Misdemeanor larceny is a misdemeanor crime in North Carolina where the person has taken property of another with the intent to permanently deprive the other person of its use, and the value of the property is $1,000 or less. Essentially larceny is theft, although there are other types of theft – theft by fraud, for [...]

How to Find a Raleigh DWI Lawyer?

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Finding a Raleigh DWI lawyer is on the one hand easy, but on the other hand difficult. It’s easy because Raleigh is seemingly awash in DWI lawyers. If you’ve been charged with a DWI, you’ll soon get a pile of letters from DWI attorney advertising their services. Those letters will start piling up. It’s difficult [...]

What is Polk Correctional?

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News this week of a kidnapping related to the prosecution of a gang member by a Wake County Assistant District Attorney has brought home the fact that the court system sometimes deals with some dangerous people. Kelvin Melton, a reputed leader of a criminal gang, received a life sentence in 2012 after being convicted of [...]

How to Choose a Raleigh DWI lawyer?

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How do you go about choosing a good DWI lawyer? The fact is that most people charged with a DWI really don’t know how to go about finding the right DWI to represent them. That’s because DWIs are the most common criminal charge faced by people who have otherwise never been charged with a crime. [...]

What is a DWI?

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A DWI is a criminal charge that can lead to a conviction in which the State of North Carolin asserts that the a person was 1) operating a vehicle, 2) upon a public street, highway, or other public vehicular area, 3) while subject to an impairing substance proved by either a chemical analysis or by [...]

Wake Judicial Candidate Watch: Chris Dozier

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The appointment by the governor of sitting District Court Judge Ned Mangum as the acting interim District Attorney leaves a vacancy on the Wake County District Court bench until next January. (Mangum is running unopposed for judge, and will resume his post in 2015 once Wake County has a new elected District Attorney.) Chris Dozier, [...]