Archive for October 2009

Make your Court Dates in Wake County, North Carolina

So you’ve been arrested or gotten a ticket. And you’ve got a court date. But you’ve lost the little piece of paper on which the court date was written. Or you didn’t hear the judge when he spoke really quickly and gave you your court date. Or you’re really nervous and don’t know what to…

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Chandra Levy’s Killer found? In the news…

I lived in Washington, DC in 2000 where I was working for a group that advises government officials on economic and legal policy. I lived right around the corner from the 7-11 where Chandra Levy, the young woman who went missing and was later found in a Washingon, DC park, last was seen alive.  Remember…

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Prayer for Judgment Continued, North Carolina

A Prayer For Judgment is a request made to a judge, usually upon a guilty plea, in which the defendant asks the judge to delay imposing a judgment (sentence) for a period of time.  A PJC does not eliminate the conviction entirely: if the defendant commits a future crime, the prior conviction will count for…

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In search of a NC Drug Lawyer, or a Raleigh Drug Lawyer?

Are you searching for a NC drug lawyer?  Or, better yet, a Raleigh Drug Lawyer? Whether it’s because you have or your child has been charged with a misdemeanor possession charge, or a misdemeanor paraphernalia charge, or maybe because of a Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver (PWISD) or Trafficking charge, you need a lawyer…

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Drug Crimes Sentencing Disparities

One of the features of the federal criminal system is a very complex and detailed sentencing scheme.  North Carolina has its own structured sentencing scheme, about which I’ve written previously. Structured sentencing in North Carolina on the felony level has been  around since 1995-96, and has levels A through I, and three ranges: mitigated, presumptive,…

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Feedback for The Chetson Firm – Criminal Lawyer Raleigh

Very grateful to a recent client whose matter I handled and who left this very kind feedback for The Chetson Firm on local.google.com: I do not have enough space to let everyone know how pleased, impressed, and grateful I am for finding Mr. Chetson. I had pretty much given up on the idea that there…

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Advice from a Criminal Lawyer: Facebook, MySpace, Social Networking

MySpace, Facebook, Social Networking… all the kids are doing the social networking thing these days.  Twittering too!  A lot of adults also use these tools, including LinkedIn and on and on. They’re fun, they’re great ways to keep in touch with friends, to reconnect with old friends, and to share what’s going on in your…

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Child Prostitution Crackdown – In the News

CNN is reporting that nearly 700 people have been arrested in a three-day operation designed to crack down on child prostitution in the United States. Some 52 children or so have been recovered in the raids that have taken place in 36 cities.  Since 2003, the FBI has recovered nearly 900 children and gotten 500…

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North Carolina Expunctions or Expungements

An expunction or expungement clears your record of a previous criminal charge, making it a good way to clean up your criminal record if you have not gotten into any further trouble and are now leading a productive life.  An expungement allows you to state on employment applications, license applications, and other documents that your…

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