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Jan 13

Raleigh Cocaine Lawyer

Cocaine cases in North Carolina can be punished in either state or federal courts, and through a variety of laws.  In state court, cocaine is punished always as a felony - possession, possession with intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver, or sale and delivery of cocaine and, in cases involving 28 grams or more of...

Dec 30

Violence in America

In 2018, Austria - a country of roughly 9 million people and 32,000 square miles with a diverse population, especially around its capital of Vienna - recorded 70 homicides, a increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year.  That is a rate of less than 1 homicide per 100,000 people. By contrast, North...

Dec 20

What Does My North Carolina Uniform Citation Mean?

If you've been stopped while driving or cited for a crime, chances are that you have received a North Carolina Uniform Citation, a single page document that, front and back, explains the charge or charges that have been issued against you.  If you've received a citation, you haven't been arrested and detained, but you have...

Dec 17

Can I win a federal drug trafficking case?

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina announced nearly two dozen arrests in a federal drug trafficking ring at UNC, Duke, and Appalachian State this month in conduct he is calling "astonishing."  The arrests triggered initial appearances in federal court in Greensboro this month, and additional arrests may follow as prosecutors...

Dec 13

How Can I defend against Paycheck Protection Program Fraud?

Here come the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and CARES Act Fraud cases.  In March of 2020, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill that also included a whole host of federal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES Act...

Dec 13

Rehabilitation, Federal Criminal Lawyers and Justice

Does "United States judicial law explicitly prohibit[] judges from considering rehabilitation when sentencing"? Yes, says Darrell Owens, someone who has the right sympathies about the cruelty of American prisons, but not much of a grasp on the law. Any federal criminal lawyer knows that rehabilitation must be taken into account when a judge sentences a...

Nov 12

Drug Trafficking

In every day speech, drug trafficking implies the large scale shipment of drugs across international borders, conjuring up images of Pablo Escobar or the Netflix show Narcos.  In the legal world, however, drug trafficking is simply a term of art that describes the common sale or distribution of drugs, whether through hand-to-hand drug sales on...

Oct 17

North Carolina Drug Stop or Arrest

Being pulled over on suspicion of having drugs in your vehicle can be a frightening experience, and all you may be thinking about is the potential for getting arrested and sent to prison. But remember, you haven’t even been arrested yet, much less tried and convicted! If you act calmly, know your rights and exercise...

Jun 29

North Carolina Structured Sentencing is No Longer Structured

Up until the mid-1990s, North Carolina had a sentencing system called Fair Sentencing. The major criticisms of Fair Sentencing were that: There was no truth in sentencing. The actual sentence served was usually much lower than the stated sentence at sentencing. There was disparity in how people were treated from place to place, and defendant...

May 29

Cops and General Deterrence

There's a reason why police officers continue to kill mostly black people around the country. It's because they know that even in the rare cases where they are charged, they probably won't be convicted. And even if they walk into the wrong home and gun down a guy who was just enjoying some ice cream,...

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