Felonies

NC Felonies: What Is A Felony in North Carolina?

A felony in North Carolina is a serious charge. In the past, a felony was defined as a crime for which you could serve more than one year in prison as a punishment for the crime, but that has since changed. Today, the North Carolina Legislature determines what crimes are classified as felonies. Some crimes…

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Michael Dunn: Guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder

Michael Dunn, 45, was found guilty by a Duval County (Jacksonville, Florida) jury of three counts of attempted second degree murder of three teenage boys and one count of shooting into an occupied car. The jury was hung on the first degree murder charge with respect to Jordan Davis, who would’ve turned 19 today had…

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Expungement Law Grants (Some) Convicted Felons Relief

How many people in North Carolina have been convicted of a single felony, and nothing more? How many people were convicted of a low level drug possession crime or low level larceny, and have otherwise maintained a spotless record? We’re about to find out, thanks to a new bill signed into law by Governor Bev…

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Expungements for Low Level North Carolina Felonies

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a measure – now headed to Governor Perdue’s desk – that would allow certain individuals to apply for and be granted expungements in cases where they may have received a low level felony earlier in their lives. The new expungement bill, if signed into law, will allow individuals…

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Raleigh DWI, Punishment and Accidental Injury or Death

Drunk driving accidents lead to criminal charges as well collateral consequences associated with personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death suits. These consequences can outstrip even the criminal consequences associated with a DWI-related accident. Raleigh’s extremely tough DWI laws notwithstanding, if you are the victim or the defendant in a DWI-related accidents, it’s important to hire…

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First Degree Burglary in North Carolina

We’re approaching that time of year when the weather starts to get a little nicer (although this year has been a very mild winter in Raleigh!) Around this time, people start coming out of their homes to enjoy the weather, to have fun, and to hang out with friends. And each spring in Wake County…

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North Carolina Structured Sentencing is No Longer Structured

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 to…

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North Carolina’s Advanced Supervised Release

The Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act, parts of which went into effect on December 1, 2011, and parts of which went into effect on January 1, 2012, creates a new Department of Corrections program called the Advanced Supervised Release program. The program is similar to parole or post-supervision release, but by a different name. Here’s how…

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Liability for Crimes

Sometimes people are surprised that they may be implicated in a criminal act, even though they weren’t necessarily involved in all aspects of the crime. Liability for crimes can extend to everyone involved in various aspects of the crime, and can extend through time to involve aiding and abetting, accessory after the fact, and conspiracy.…

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Stop Snitching? Could be a Class G Felony!

Intimidating a witness interferes with the judicial process, which is designed to get get at the truth. Until this year, North Carolina punished Witness Tampering as a Class H felony. This year, North Carolina’s General Assembly decided that that punishment was not enough, and has now raised the punishment to a Class G Felony.

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