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Aug 07

Federal Career Offender Guidelines Always Uncertain

Federal criminal law is generally a sentencing practice, since the overwhelming majority of federal criminal cases result in either guilty pleas or in convictions.  The result is complicated litigation surrounding the application of the Sentence Guidelines, the system of advisory directives handed down by the United States Sentencing Commission since the 1980s. Much of that...

Jun 29

The Criminal System is Not Ready for Abortion-Related Prosecutions

Regardless of your view on abortion, changes in the law and the emergence of a new area of criminal law will necessarily result in unexpected developments.  This feature of the law is nothing new.  Law in general, and criminal law in particular, almost always develops in response to events in the world that require actors...

Jun 25

SCOTUS and the New Old Criminal Laws

The Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade this month will result in a cascade of new criminal issues across the country and in North Carolina. Consistent with Roe's ban on prohibitions of pre-viability abortions, North Carolina's criminal law carves out an exception that permits abortion during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in N.C.G.S. 14-45.1: (a) Notwithstanding...

May 29

The Assembly: The Evolution of Damon Chetson

From the Raleigh, North Carolina newspaper, The Assembly: In 1991, Damon Chetson, a University of Pennsylvania freshman and Daily Pennsylvanian staff writer, covered the murder of a Penn student that Philadelphia police pinned on 21-year-old Chester Hollman III. Twenty-seven years later, the Conviction Integrity Unit formed by Philadelphia’s controversial new district attorney, Larry Krasner, found...

Feb 20

The Cryptocurrency Fraud

Cryptocurrency has long been advertised as a method by which people can avoid government snooping while carrying on secure transactions. People engaged in either vaguely criminal or outright criminal conduct have gravitated to the Dark Web - through software like the Tor Browser - 3D printing (to create firearms that supposedly cannot be tracked) and...

Feb 04

Board Certified Specialist – Criminal Lawyer

The North Carolina State Bar's Board of Legal Certification has re-certified Damon Chetson as a specialist in state and federal criminal law after a thorough review of his application for recertification and upon recommendation of the speciality committee. Mr. Chetson's certification status will continue for a five-year period. Mr. Chetson was first certified in 2016...

Jan 30

The Halscott Megaro Show

UPDATE: Jaime Halscott has apparently decided to go into the IT and computer repair field, which makes sense because it couldn't possibly be the law. The first... misrepresentation: Jaime has worked his entire career to build successful software and technology companies. Most recently, Jaime was a Director at a Windows management software company, ScriptLogic, where...

Nov 26

First Degree Murder: Not Guilty

The Chetson Firm secured an acquittal in a Johnston County murder trial on November 19, 2021.  Kenneth Sutton was shot four times on December 7, 2019 and died five days later at Wake Med Hospital of the gunshots he suffered. Following a week-long trial, the jury found Mr. Chetson's client "not guilty" of all charges...

Jun 29

How to Defend Against Statutory Rape Charges

Statutory rape and other sex crimes are harshly penalized, something you may be learning firsthand if you've been accused of statutory rape. Worse, it can be difficult to defend your case; many defense people may use are often not enough to prevent a conviction in the courtroom. That's where a sex crime lawyer can step...

May 29

When Can Domestic Violence Result in Felony Charges?

Being accused of harming a loved one may already be difficult for you. Now, you're possibly facing felony charges. Although domestic violence is often a misdemeanor, certain factors can impact your case and leave you with a felony on your record. But when can a Raleigh domestic violence charge become a felony? If you're not...

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