Archive for July 2012

North Carolina Sex Offender Consequences

A sex offense conviction – whether after a full jury trial or after a guilty plea – will have life-long consequences that go beyond a normal conviction. It is crucial that you understand all of those consequences before deciding how to resolve a sex offense or rape charge, and that you consult your Raleigh criminal…

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North Carolina Gun Rights

The crimes committed in Aurora, Colorado (and the accompanying tragedy for the thousands of family members and friends immediately affected) is calling attention to various gun ownership reforms. Let’s review some of the key North Carolina and federal criminal laws (see more here about the Federal Government’s Project Safe Neighborhoods) that affect gun ownership. As…

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Class 3 Weapons and National Firearms Act Gun Trusts

It is illegal for someone to possess a fully automatic rifle without a Class 3 federal firearms license. In addition, someone who has a Class 3 license needs to follow specific rules and regulations regarding the transportation of these weapons even from someone’s home to a firing range. The rules can be onerous. In recent…

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The Intox EC/IR II: A Black Box

Imagine tax day comes around and the government asks you to submit all your receipts, your W2s, your bank statements, and other financial documents. Imagine further that the government then inputs all of this material into a huge black box called The Tax Machine. After a few seconds, the machine spits out a number. Maybe…

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When Not to Go Pro Se

The phrase “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” is pretty apt – even if you’re a lawyer representing yourself in court. It never makes sense, not just because any representations you make to the court about your own conduct can be admissions that can be used against you…

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Expungement Law Grants (Some) Convicted Felons Relief

How many people in North Carolina have been convicted of a single felony, and nothing more? How many people were convicted of a low level drug possession crime or low level larceny, and have otherwise maintained a spotless record? We’re about to find out, thanks to a new bill signed into law by Governor Bev…

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Technology, the Fourth Amendment, and the Drug War

The United States Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on the Fourth Amendment is hopelessly naive, incoherent, and stupefying. Chalk that up to the Drug War, which for forty years has been a tool by both drug warriors and government officials to expand the government’s power to conduct searches. Let’s take one example: Kyllo v. US, 533 US…

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Distracted Driving: The New DWI?

As DWI-related deaths and accidents have declined dramatically over the past thirty years, attention has focused on other forms of bad driving: drug impaired driving, which is illegal under DWI laws, but difficult to detect in practice, and distracted driving. In 2010, North Carolina banned a form of distract driving – texting-while-driving – but, as…

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Attorney Complains over DWI Double Standard

A news story out of Florida regarding a Lee County (Florida) Deputy who was not prosecuted for a DUI after witnesses reported that the deputy slammed into a parked vehicle, was swerving in and out of cars, and then was observed smoking a cigarette and on his patrol car computer while driving. Fox News: Reports…

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Call a Raleigh criminal lawyer 24/7

Emergencies happen when they happen. Usually after hours. Never when it’s convenient. We answer our phones night or day, during weekends and holidays. If you find yourself in need of a professional, thorough and smart Raleigh criminal lawyer call anytime for a free consultation.

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