Attorney Access to ACIS

Wargames imageNorth Carolina’s outdated computer system – the Automated Criminal Infractions System – looks like something out of War Games, that early 1980s thriller where Matthew Broderick hacks into a government missile computer and eventually teaches it, tic-tac-toe, that there is no winner in a nuclear holocaust.

I had a 300 baud modem too, which in some ways was more reliable than my current TimeWarner cable connection.

Times have changed. Instead of transmitting data by hooking your telephone receiver up to a modem that transmits at 300, 1200 or even 2400 bits (not bytes) per second, we can stream videos through Netflix. It’s a whole new world.

Except for ACIS, which keeps trudging along.

North Carolina also has CJLEADS, the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services, which has an up-to-date web-based interface that pulls data from various sources, including the DMV, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC, ACIS), the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and Division of Adult Corrections (DAC, formerly Department of Corrections).

Defense attorneys are not permitted access to CJLEADS.

Defense attorneys can access ACIS, either by visiting one of the public terminals in at the courthouse, or by paying what are often expensive rates through a private vendor that gets its data from the AOC.

Second Class Attorneys

Why are defense lawyers treated like second class attorneys in a world in which the bondsmen are able to get access to ACIS by paying a single $200 installment fee?

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Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.