Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer

Facing a criminal charge is a daunting prospect, whether it involves an accusation against you or a loved one. The consequences can be harsh, including a conviction that can limit job opportunities, court costs, fines, community service, probation, and even prison time. Damon Chetson is one of only a few Raleigh criminal lawyers who has…

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The Best Child Pornography Lawyers Know the Tech

Lawyers went to law school usually because they weren’t good at math or science. They often know little about the technology that undergirds the information technology system that dominates the way we find information, communicate with each other, and exchange files. Not me. I? got my first computer in 1981, an Apple ][ Plus with…

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Can Donald Trump Pardon Himself?

Can the President Pardon Himself?

The short answer is, maybe. Article II, Clause 1: [H]e shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment. The only explicit limitation on the pardon power is that the president may not pardon himself or others from impeachment. In any case, impeachment is not…

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Tiger Woods arrested for DWI

News reports out of Jupiter, Florida claim Tiger Woods, the golf pro, was arrested for Driving While Impaired following a traffic stop. Woods was taken into custody just after 3:00 am this morning and released about seven hours later after being charged and processed. Woods’ arrest is the second time he has been suspected of driving under…

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Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law

The The Chetson Firm law firm is pleased to announce that partner Damon Chetson was recently named a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law by the North Carolina Bar’s Board of Specialization. In order to practice law, a person must complete a bar exam, satisfy a character and fitness examination, and be…

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Vehicle Registration as Hearsay

Let me rant for a moment. I’m getting a little tired of arguing basic foundational legal principles in North Carolina District Courts and having them be ignored. Take, for instance, the vaunted Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the MOST RELIABLE TEST ™ in the land for the detection of impairment. The most scientifically RIGOROUS (so we’re…

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Are You Showing Contempt? I’m Doing My Best to Hide it

In other news today, North Korea’s dictator ordered the execution of a government official after an investigation into the official’s “sitting posture at a parliamentary meeting.” Before you shake your head at the sad fate Kim Yong-sin, executed by firing squad for bad posture, consider the outrage this week over Colin Kaepernick, who decided not…

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Talking and Lying to Police in a Criminal Investigation

When you least expect it a knock may come on your door from a police officer, investigator, agent, deputy, or other law enforcement officer who wants to “ask a few questions.” Whatever the title the person might carry, the decision you make in the next few seconds could change the course of your life. North…

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Shaken Baby Syndrome – The Tide May Be Turning

In 2013, I tried a shaken baby syndrome case in which the jury came back, finding my client not guilty of all charges. The case was harrowing and high stakes. Had she been convicted, my client would’ve faced something on the order of six to seven years in prison. That was before North Carolina increased…

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Dennis Hastert: A Sexually Violent Predator?

Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert may have inadvertently “Adam Walshed” himself when he pled guilty earlier this year and was sentenced last week to federal prison for having “structured” payments and withdrawals from his bank accounts in order to pay hush money to men he had molested as boys. While most of the commentary has…

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