Archive for January 2011

An Overview of the North Carolina Criminal Process

A lot of clients who I meet have never been involved in the criminal process. Or they’ve had experience with the criminal process in another state than North Carolina. Or they have only seen the criminal process acted out on TV or in the movies. Below is a graphic – a flow chart – that…

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Community Service Opportunities in Wake County

www.chetson.com/volunteer In some cases, your attorney may recommend that you perform community service to improve your chances for a successful outcome in your case. In other cases, you may be ordered by a court to complete community service. If you are doing community service as part of an official court ordered program, you may be…

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Domestic Violence Cases in North Carolina

Domestic violence cases require special handling in North Carolina. In Wake County, for instance, Domestic Violence cases (which include all cases of violence involving people who have or are in intimate relationships) are handled in a special courtroom called 4A. This courtroom is paid for by special funding from the federal government. Given understandable concern,…

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Violence has become a way of life

Radley Balko has an excellent post on the very violent culture in which we live: a culture in which various governments across the United States conduct something like 100 militarized raids each day in the war on drugs. Certainly, drug addiction is a serious problem. But the overall approach which criminalizes the sale of drugs,…

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North Carolina Driving While Impaired: Limited Driving Privileges

A North Carolina DWI (Driving While Impaired) arrest will result in an automatic “civil revocation” of a person’s driving privileges in North Carolina. If the person holds a NC driver’s license, the person’s license is revoked for 30 days and the person may not drive in any state, including North Carolina. If the person holds…

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