Archive for May 2012

Should there be Raleigh DWI Plea Deals?

This article describes a fairly familiar attitude toward plea deals among regular people. Most people view plea deals as concessions to the defendant – basically gifts to the defendant that are undeserved. But as people who are in the Raleigh criminal system understand, a plea deal is a compromise in which both parties give up…

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Raleigh Criminal Lawyer and Raleigh Bankruptcy Lawyer

For years, we have provided criminal defense representation to folks accused of serious crimes – drug trafficking, drug possession, robberies, sex crimes, rapes, and theft and embezzlement – misdemeanors – including assaults, domestic violence, and shoplifting – and Driving While Impaired (DWI/DUI). We have expanded our services to include Bankruptcy-related representation. We help people stop…

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Federal Judge Calls for Sentencing Reforms

Anyone facing federal drug charges knows that the prosecutors’ power has far outstripped the judge’s power in the courtroom. That’s because the power to charge someone lies with the prosecutor, and prosecutors have enormous discretion to charge people under various laws that require the judge to impose mandatory minimum sentences even when such sentences were…

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When a Confession is Not Enough

A man walks into a police department and announces, tearfully, that he killed a young boy 33 years ago. Case solved, right? Not so fast. News that New York Police have solved the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Etan Patz in 1979 now gives way to the cold hard legal fact that the confession alone,…

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Child Abduction Solved in NY

Etan Patz was certainly not the first child to go missing, but he was the first child whose disappearance ushered in various measures designed to protect and locate young children who go missing. New York Police have apparently identified the person they now believe, after 35 years, is responsible for his disappearance and death.

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One of Raleigh’s Best

Some people teach the law, other people write about the law, and still others practice law. And then there’s Bert Nunley. Among practitioners of criminal defense law – criminal lawyers – Robert Nunley stands out. There’s very little that Bert Nunley – as his friends call him – hasn’t done in his legal career: Chief…

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Peer to Peer Software, LimeWire, and the Threat of Criminal Prosecution

The threat of criminal prosecution is very real in North Carolina, particularly if people use peer-to-peer based file sharing software and either intentionally or even inadvertently download pornography that includes child pornography. While few Raleigh criminal lawyers are familiar with the way this software works, it is important that any lawyer you hire be familiar…

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The Right to Counsel of Your Choosing

The United States Constitution’s Sixth Amendment guarantees a Defendant’s right to counsel. That right to counsel attaches at the first hearing – Rothgary v. Gillespie – where the Defendant’s liberty interest is at stake: …a criminal defendant’s initial appearance before a judicial officer, where he learns the charge against him and his liberty is subject…

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