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Apr 19

What is probation? What’s the difference between supervised and unsupervised probation?

Upon conviction for a misdemeanor or felony in most courts, including North Carolina's state courts, the judge may have the discretion to impose a probationary sentence. Many people are confused about what probation is. In general, there are two forms of probation - supervised and unsupervised. (In North Carolina, and possibly other jurisdictions, there is...

Nov 01

What happens to someone when they turn themselves in for absconding probation?

If someone absconds from probation (fails to report or flees a jurisdiction where probation has been imposed), usually there is a bond set by a Superior Court judge at the time the person absconded. If the absconder turns himself in without prior preparations, that bond will be imposed upon him and there's nothing a magistrate...

Jun 02

Modifying Bonds in North Carolina

I'll paraphrase a question I recently was asked: My son has a $500,000 bond trying to get it reduced. He as a court appointed lawyer. I need to know the steps to getting a bond reduction and how long does it take. These are not steps you should take. They are steps his lawyer should...

Mar 05

Habitual Felons or Three Strikes and You’re Out in North Carolina

In the 1990s, like most states, North Carolina enacted habitual offender statutes (or three strikes or repeat offender statutes). North Carolina has a couple different such statutes. The most important one is the habitual felon statute. The statutes mostly are failures as crime prevention tools. But they are very harsh. So if you’ve got two...

Mar 04

Medicaid Fraud: How Does Someone Get “Caught”

Medicaid is a mostly State-run program. The Federal Government provides the money, and some guidelines. The states themselves handle the day-to-day operations of Medicaid programs. Medicare is a Federally administered program. The basic scheme is that private providers offer medical services to the poor (Medicaid) or the elderly (Medicare), bill the government (state or federal)...

Feb 24

North Carolina Criminal Lawyer: The Crime of Suicide

Historically, suicide – if unsuccessful – was punishable as a crime. Actually, in Europe, a person who committed suicide could be “punished” by being denied a burial in a typical cemetery and by having at least some of his property go to the King. At common law, in North Carolina, suicide remained a crime. However,...

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