What to Expect if You’re Convicted of a Sex Crime

When you’re accused of a sex crime, you may feel like you have no chance of beating the charges. Or maybe you think the penalties can’t be all that bad. In some cases, your sex crime may even be charged as a misdemeanor, but all sex crime charges are serious in North Carolina.

If you’re in danger of a sex crime conviction, your future is on the line. Before you do anything else, take a look at the long-term consequences you may face if you plead guilty or fail to defend yourself. Your lawyer can help you avoid the penalties of a sex crime conviction, so reach out for help from The Chetson Firm as soon as possible. 

Read on to learn what to expect if you’re convicted of a sex crime in North Carolina.

You May Face Harsh Penalties 

North Carolina takes sex crimes extremely seriously. That’s why prison time is likely if you’re convicted or a sex crime in our state.

You may also face severe financial penalties. Many felonies, including sex crimes, come with steep fines that may add up to thousands of dollars. That can be difficult to pay off even if you’re able to work but much harder if you have no income while behind bars.

You May Have to Register as a Sex Offender 

One of the lasting impacts of many sexual offenses is the sex offender registry. If you’re convicted of a sex crime, especially a sexual offense involving a minor, you may be forced to register as a sex offender in North Carolina. This registry can limit your housing options, barring you from living close to schools, playgrounds, and other public locations. 

Being registered as a sex offender can impact your family, too. You may lose custody of your children, for example, which can isolate and emotionally destroy you. 

Your Criminal Record May Impact Your Life

But even if you’re not placed on the sex offender registry, your criminal record alone can impact your life for years to come. Anyone performing a background check can see your criminal record. That can hurt your chances to get a job, rent an apartment, take out a loan, buy a house, and more. 

That limits your ability to get back to a somewhat normal life after a sex crime conviction. Your future may be held back indefinitely if you don’t fight your sex crime charge and win.

A Defense Attorney Can Help You: Call Now

Your future may depend on the outcome of your criminal trial for a sex crime charge. If you don’t fight back, you may have trouble recovering from the penalties and getting your life back on track. That’s why it’s so important to act now and seek legal help if you’re accused of a sex crime. 

At The Chetson Firm, we’re prepared to build your defense and represent you in the courtroom. We understand the penalties you could face for a sex crime, and we’re here to help you make sure you don’t get convicted. When you’re ready to start building your defense, text or call 919-352-9411 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.

How to Beat a Drug Trafficking Charge

When you’re accused of drug trafficking, you need to act on those charges as soon as possible. You may face penalties that can haunt you for life, impacting not just you but your family, who may lose the support you provide.

Because of this, you need to act now to defend your future and get those drug trafficking charges reduced or dismissed with the help of a drug crime lawyer. But getting drug trafficking charges dismissed is not an easy feat. You may have several steps to take to avoid a conviction for drug trafficking, so read on for more information.

Know Your Rights

First, it’s important to know your rights before and during an arrest. You may be able to avoid giving the law enforcement officers more information that may incriminate you. That can help your lawyer defend your case.

For example, you do have the right to remain silent. When you’re arrested, you don’t have to answer all the questions the police may ask you, such as where you were going if you were on the road. You may instead ask to speak with a lawyer, then remain silent until your lawyer can step in and help you.

You also have a right not to be subjected to unlawful search and seizure. Your Fourth Amendment rights state that the police cannot search your property, from your home to your car, without reasonable cause to believe you were committing a crime. For example, if the police pulled you over for a broken headlight, then searched your trunk, evidence they find may be inadmissible in court in some cases.

Get Evidence Early

When you’re accused of trafficking drugs, you need to gather evidence for your defense as soon as possible. Evidence can be lost or destroyed over time, which leaves you without the proof you need to show you’re not guilty.

That’s why your criminal defense lawyer may focus on gathering your evidence right away. Any piece of evidence can be key to your defense, so it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible for your case.

The evidence you gather can vary, depending on what happened and the accusations against you. For example, if you’re charged with drug trafficking, you may have the alleged drugs tested to prove they weren’t drugs. In other cases, you may have a strong alibi that proves you were somewhere else and couldn’t have committed the crimes you’re accused of.

Building a Strong Defense

Once you have the evidence you need, you and your criminal defense lawyer will need to focus on your strategy in the courtroom. Before you head to court, your lawyer will determine who will be called to the stand, what evidence to present, and how you should plead.

If you’re not experienced in a courtroom setting, it can be tough to prepare for this. It’s easy to lose track of evidence, or you may be unsure what to prepare for your day in court. Your lawyer can take charge and help you address the charges leveled against you.

Protect Your Future with a Defense Attorney

If you’ve been accused of a serious crime like drug trafficking, the penalties may be devastating. Rather than accepting your conviction, you need to act fast to protect your future, your family, and your finances.

Because of this, you may need a lawyer from The Chetson Firm on your side. Our lawyers can help you take the right first steps to getting your charges reduced or dropped completely. When you’re ready to take those first steps, call 919-352-9411 or fill out the online contact form below.

Know Your Rights After an Arrest

An arrest can happen suddenly, and sometimes, you may have little or no warning of the arrest. Worse, you may not fully understand the rights you have when you’re arrested. If you don’t know your rights, it’s easy to make a costly mistake, one that could impact your case and your future.

Because of this, you may need a lawyer on your side. If you’ve been arrested and you need help dealing with the police and other concerns, know your rights and get in touch with a lawyer before you say anything.

Right to Remain Silent

You may have learned about your Miranda rights in school, but what do you really need to know when you’re arrested and read your rights?

Your right to remain silent means you don’t have to answer all the questions the police ask you. Answering these questions may incriminate you, which can be hard to fight in court. You can instead stay silent, protecting your story and limiting the evidence you provide to the police.

Right to an Attorney

When you’re arrested, you’re also given the right to an attorney. Your attorney can help you communicate more effectively with the police, avoiding incriminating answers while providing what’s necessary.

But what if you can’t afford an attorney? You may be worried about the costs that may accrue with a criminal defense lawyer. Here’s the good news—you may have a public defender assigned to your case if you’re unable to pay for a lawyer yourself. While getting a criminal defense lawyer can give you a larger advantage for your case, getting any representation can help you take the right steps after an arrest.

Right to Speak to an Attorney

Once you have an attorney, you’ll want to speak with them about your case. But you may not want the police to overhear your conversation, which may include details or other information that may imply you’re guilty.

Luckily, you do have a right to speak with your lawyer or out-of-court interpreter privately. The police are not allowed to listen to your conversations with a legal professional.

Just remember that the police may be able to listen in to other conversations with other people. Speak with your lawyer about being careful with what you say when communicating with your friends, family, and other parties.

Protect Your Rights with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you’re accused of a crime, you may be worried about protecting your rights following an arrest. But knowing your rights after an arrest is only a piece of your defense case. You then need to consider your best defense if your case goes to court.

At The Chetson Firm, we provide defenses for people accused of serious crimes, and we’re here to help you avoid or reduce those charges. If you’ve been accused of a crime, your lawyer is here to help, from the first reading of your rights to the final decision in the courtroom. When you’re ready to talk with a lawyer, give us a call at 919-352-9411 or complete the online contact form below.

What Is Sexual Exploitation of a Minor?

When you’re accused of a serious sex crime, it’s not always easy to recover from those accusations. A conviction can upend your life, hurting you, your family, and your future. When you’re blindsided by sex crime charges, it can be difficult to recover from the impact on your life.

But what is sexual exploitation of a minor, and how can you avoid a conviction for these charges? A lawyer has the answers you need. Learn more about your charges and what your lawyer can do about your case below.

What Does Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Include?

Sexual exploitation of a minor generally refers to the creation, distribution, or possession of child pornography. The severity of these charges depends on the activities you were accused of engaging in. For example, creating these materials is a much more serious felony and may mean more time spent in prison for a conviction. The age of the child may also impact your case and the severity of your charges.

Penalties for Child Pornography Charges

But how serious is a sexual exploitation of a minor conviction? For first-degree offenses, you may face a Class C felony, which comes with severe consequences. You may face a maximum of 231 months, or almost twenty years, in prison.

But your penalties don’t stop there. You may be placed on a sex offender registry, a designation that can impact where you live and work. That criminal record can also impact your family life, as you may lose custody or visitation rights with your children.

If you’re concerned about these penalties, don’t wait for a conviction—talk to your lawyer about your best options to get your case dismissed or your charges reduced.

Defenses to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Cases dealing with the sexual exploitation of a minor can be difficult to defend, which is why a lawyer is so important to your case. Often, your defense will depend on the details of how your case is handled by law enforcement. For example, if your home was searched without reason or cause, you may have grounds to dispute the evidence brought against you.

But that’s not your only option to defend your case when you’re accused of sexual exploitation of a minor. Your lawyer can look at the details of your case and determine your best opportunity for a defense. Your lawyer can also represent you in the courtroom, helping your case succeed.

Protect Your Future with an Attorney

When you’re accused of a serious crime, waiting and hoping it goes away may only land you in more trouble. The penalties for sexual exploitation of a minor can last a lifetime, leaving you struggling to return to your normal life.

At The Chetson Firm, we understand how difficult building your defense can be. That’s why we’re here to help you prepare that defense and avoid these harsh penalties. Start with a consultation about your charges by texting or calling 919-352-9411 or by completing the online contact form below.

The Kids Say: Lorrin Freeman Should Step Down

Lorrin Freeman is a good person, and I supported her in 2014 when she ran against Boz Zellinger and John Bryant. But I have to say, the Kids are Alright when they call for her resignation. Her handling of the COVID virus in the courthouse and the protests in Raleigh has been deplorable. Her seeking of the death penalty last year in two cases – the black defendant was the only one to be sentenced to death – was horrific. She should step down, say the kids.

Arrests in Twitter Hack

Florida law enforcement has arrested a seventeen-year-old in Florida who they say is the “linchpin” of a hack that resulted in multiple hacked Twitter accounts in July. President Obama, Elon Musk, who himself has been subject to federal investigations for SEC violations, and Joe Biden are among those whose accounts were briefly taken over.

The hackers posted instructions for people to donate Bitcoin, but virtually no one did so and very little money – a paltry $180,000 – was actually stolen. Nonetheless, Twitter and various “blue check” celebrities on it were embarrassed, and so, rather than arrest all the people who have been insider-trading on Donald Trump’s corrupt efforts to fund a cure to the Coronavirus, the FBI felt it was very important to pursue some young computer nerds.

Clark has been charged by Florida prosecutors. Apparently federal charges have been filed against a British teenager and 22-year-old from Orlando.

In a sane world, the FBI would focus scarce resources on pursuing the actual criminals who orchestrated and profited off the destruction of the American economy in 2008, or are doing so again. But in this world, FBI Special Agent John Bennett says things like:

While investigations into cyber breaches can sometimes take years, our investigators were able to bring these hackers into custody in a matter of weeks. Cyber criminals will not find sanctuary behind their keyboards.

Antifa as a Group Sets Up RICO prosecution

Today in his testimony before Congress, Attorney General Bill Barr confirmed through his non-denial denial what we all know: That the Trump administration plans to use the 1970s-era Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to prosecute Antifa.

The Trump Administration has been claiming for years now that Antifa, the loose, largely unconnected-but-similarly-minded people who appear on the streets as part of large protest actions is actually a formal or informal group.

Partly Trump and his Department of Homeland Security have spread the myth of Antifa-as-an-Organization to rally the right-wing base in preparation for the 2018 and now 2020 elections.

But the more sinister aim – whether Trump himself knows this – is to create the legal groundwork to use various criminal and anti-terrorism laws to prosecute people, even those who do even regard themselves as Antifa, for federal crimes. Hence the email released earlier this week in which DHS officials rename alleged “violent” actors as “Violent Antifa Anarchists Inspired (VAAI)” in official reports.

RICO – the 1970s-era act initially drafted to pursue the Italian mob – is the vehicle to do that.

Having just defended at trial in Charlotte a client in October in the largest RICO prosecution in U.S. history, I am intimately familiar with the intricacies of this law and how it makes defense at trial very difficult.

Even though the jury found my client not guilty of agreeing to any murders on behalf of the gang, the only trial victory of any one of the 82 original defendants, the trial itself involved the Government backing up a dump truck of evidence about the Nine-Trey Bloods gang that made my client look awful, even though he was not personally involved in nearly all of it.

That’s what the Government can do in a RICO case. Furthermore, the RICO conspiracy statute doesn’t require that the Government prove that the defendant was a member of Antifa. The Government need only prove that the person “conspired” or agreed with the criminal intent of the group while doing something, however small, in furtherance of that group. Recruiting people into Antifa, even if that were possible, could be construed as committing RICO conspiracy, even if the person did not regard himself or herself as a member of Antifa.

Furthermore, the RICO crime and caselaw convert all statements made as part of the conspiracy into a non-hearsay. So these statements come in even if those statements would otherwise be regarded as hearsay, or subject to the Confrontation Clause. A literal dump truck of evidence can be backed up to a federal courthouse to make a defense of these cases very difficult.

We’re Looking for Your Help!

We need help with not just the protest cases that I’m volunteering to represent, but also general criminal defense work – primarily the death penalty, post conviction case we have, and murders that are appointed by the courts.

This is a criminal defense law firm in Raleigh with a number of pending appointed murders including two potential capital (death penalty cases). We are also working with another lawyer on post-conviction litigation (North Carolina habeas) in a death penalty case from some years ago. We have a need for a law student and future criminal defense lawyer to do real substantive work – review discovery, interview clients, work with experts.

Please only law students who have completed at least one year of law school! We can’t pay a salary.  We can cover parking, lunches, defray costs of travel to locations (jails, crime scenes, etc) so that the clerkship is not a net cost to someone. I’m also COVID-Friendly so we try to keep people safe (by not showing up to my office all the time) and allow them to work remotely although a person must be able to come into the office from time to time or to travel to locations. We use various video conferencing (Zoom) to keep in touch – and the phone. Must be somewhat computer savvy to navigate discovery – video, PDFs, etc. – that we receive from the State or Federal Government. They must be absolutely discreet, and capable of honoring and abiding by court orders that from time to time demand absolutely confidentiality. In addition, they must understand and honor attorney-client privilege rules.

Future criminal defense lawyers only!  Also, please be located in the Wake County area, and please be able to drive to various locations. We had four trials last year (2019) alone – multi-week triple homicide death penalty case in Raleigh (jury rejected the death penalty!), a federal appointed gun case in Elizabeth City where the client was on video shooting a gun at a person at a club (hung jury!), a RICO/murder “Blood” case in federal court in Charlotte (won a “special sentencing factor!”), and a first-degree murder case in Raleigh (hung jury! 10 to 2 voting to acquit!).

Most importantly: someone with a deep commitment to correcting class and racial injustice.  POC and women and LGBT preferred, understanding that we deal with a wide variety of folks from different backgrounds who may disagree with you. People may say things to you that you regard as morally repugnant or beyond the pale. We are looking for people who have the patience to tolerate, ignore, overlook, or forgive peoples’ prejudices, and sometimes repugnant political or moral views.  If you have particular boundaries, please disclose them upfront so that we can see whether we can accommodate them.

Spanish-speaking (fluent) preferred.  While we take COVID-19 precautions and provide masks etc., sometimes we have to go into jails or in places that aren’t well-sanitized. People concerned about Coronavirus or who are immunocompromised may wish to not apply.

Please send a resume and a writing sample to us at dena@chetson.com. Please no phone calls at this time. We will follow-up with candidates who seem like they might fit.

This can be shared.  Thanks for all everyone is doing to speak out about racial, sexual, and class injustice.

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