Privacy

The Internet, Convictions and Arrests

The internet allows us to do wonderful things – find information we need quickly, locate friends and family. But for someone accused of a crime, the Internet, search engines, and social media can be a nightmare, spreading news of an embarrassing and shameful event far and wide. This is particular true in Raleigh, which is…

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Arrest is a Public Record

I represent a lot of people who have never been in trouble before in their lives. The arrest – whether it’s for a misdemeanor such as shoplifting or drunk driving (DUI/DWI) – or it’s for a Felony such as shoplifting or tampering with an anti-theft security device – is frightening. But after the initial anxiety…

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How do I secure my WiFi Network?

Child pornography is a very unpleasant topic. But even more unpleasant is facing criminal charges for possession of child pornography. Certainly the abuse of children is something that should never be tolerated. But in the effort to end child pornography (which will never be truly be ended so long as there are humans on the…

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Social Networks May Get You Into Legal Trouble

Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking tools such as MySpace, Tumblr, and so forth have made interaction on the web much easier. For a while generation of people, the web is a way to interact with friends, family and acquaintances. People can post pictures, make comments, make status updates, comment on each others “walls”. Often…

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Police love the iPhone!

No matter how thoroughly you delete an item from a computer, unless you take extreme measures, you can’t be truly sure that the item has actually been erased and can’t be recovered. The same is true of the iPhone. Even though you’ve deleted or shut down your iPhone, or closed an application, the iPhone may…

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Keeping Your Online Social Networks Profiles Safe

We live in an interconnected world, with social media and social networking – Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other tools – providing the world with much more information about each of us. Such an interconnected world means that information about you that you may consider “private” may, in fact, be public. Here’s a rule of thumb:…

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Can police search your computer via Peer-to-Peer Networks?

The Fourth Amendment gives people a right against unreasonable searches and seizures: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place…

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Restoring North Carolina Driving Privileges following a DWI Conviction

In North Carolina, driving privileges can be suspended upon conviction of three DUIs within 10 years. If a driver is convicted of a habitual DUI, his license is suspended permanently and he can never drive again on North Carolina’s roads. I’ve received some inquiries from individuals who have had their licenses suspended in North Carolina,…

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