Archive for August 2010

What is District Court in North Carolina?

North Carolina has a unified court system, organized by county. Each county has a court in its county seat (although Wake County also operates a satellite court in Wendell on Fridays where misdemeanors are handled for eastern Wake communities.) North Carolina’s general court of justice is divided into two divisions, the lower District Court Division,…

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Don’t Perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Too often people who encounter the police don’t understand that they have a right to remain silent. Police do not need to inform a person of these rights, unless police place the person into custody and wish to interrogate that person once in custody. Call a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer at (919) 352-9411 if you need someone…

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Your Rights when you meet with Police

You have certain rights when dealing with the police. It’s important for you to know and understand how to effectively take advantage of your rights. Two major rights are the right against unlawful search and seizure, and your Miranda Rights. This video explains your rights in a general way: It’s important to understand that the police…

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Stages of a North Carolina Criminal Case

This video is a pretty good description of how a North Carolina criminal case is handled: Every case is different, so it’s important to note that not every case is handled the same way. In addition, North Carolina, unlike the federal system, has two trial divisions: District Court and Superior Court. All misdemeanors and most…

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SBI Abuses Impact Criminal Trials

Recent revelations that the analysts at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations misreported results, lied about lab tests, failed to report results that were inconsistent with what prosecutors wanted to hear has created shock waves in North Carolina. The News and Observer reports that distrust is building in courtrooms throughout the state: “All this…

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Shoddy work at the SBI

The Raleigh News & Observer is running a series this week on the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). This is the agency in NC chiefly responsible for providing scientific support to local law enforcement agencies. The SBI conducts blood analysis, blood spatter analysis, fingerprint analysis and other kinds of scientific tests. The problem…

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Police love the iPhone!

No matter how thoroughly you delete an item from a computer, unless you take extreme measures, you can’t be truly sure that the item has actually been erased and can’t be recovered. The same is true of the iPhone. Even though you’ve deleted or shut down your iPhone, or closed an application, the iPhone may…

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