Wake County

Fixing the Called and Failed Problem: A Modest Proposal

WRAL’s Amanda Lamb has a report on the cost and hassle created by missed court dates: when defendants fail to come to court, the judge orders that they be Called & Failed by the Deputy, and an Order for Arrest is issued requiring law enforcement to track down and arrest the defendant. According to the…

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New Murder Trial for Raleigh Stepdad

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Joshua Stepp, the 30 year old convicted of first degree murder and first degree sexual offense in the 2009 beating death of his step-daughter Cheyenne Yarley. It’s the second major Wake County murder conviction overturned by the Court of Appeals in the past 9…

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The New Wake County Justice Center

As of July 2013, Wake County moved its criminal courthouse from the previous courthouse on Fayetteville Street. The new courthouse (called the Wake County Justice Center) has many more elevators, has escalators to lower level floors, and, best of all, a lot of natural light. The old courthouse will be dedicated to mostly civil matters,…

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Electing Judges to Wake County District Court

In what is a truly idiotic move two legislators in the General Assembly have proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would allow non-lawyer District Court judges. Currently, judges in District Court and Superior Court must be lawyers. Magistrates can be non-lawyers. But magistrates have limited power – to set bond, to authorize search…

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Why Does Your DWI Take So Long?

So many DWI arrests in North Carolina involve blood draws. A blood draw might happen because a drug other than alcohol is suspected of causing impairment. Or because the person refuses to blow into a machine, and a warrant is taken out for a blood draw. Or the person has been involved in accident and…

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Surrendering at the Wake County Detention Center

A few months ago – before the Wake County Sheriff’s Office re-opened the Wake County Detention Center at 3301 Hammond Rd. – I made a video on the basic idea behind surrendering. This is not legal advice, but rather intended to be informative. If you are facing criminal charges or facing an investigation, you should…

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Wake County Sheriff’s Office – Detention Facility Information

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has a few key functions: Judicial Services – These are the bailiffs who keep order in the the Wake County Courthouse courtrooms. Patrol Division – These are the deputies who patrol the unincorporated parts of Wake County. Investigations – These are investigators and detectives who investigate crimes committed in Wake…

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Current Pending DWIs in Wake County Court

North Carolina provides data on current pending DWIs in each county’s court system. This data includes the case number, the defendant’s name and address (which is how someone charged with a DWI is inundated with letters from lawyers, substance abuse providers, and other services), race, gender, and the current status of the case (whether the…

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Wake County and the Death Penalty

North Carolina has 156 people who are on death row, four of whom are women. The rest are male. Even though African-Americans represent just 21.5% of the population, they account for more than half of the people currently on death row. Whether this is the result of racial prejudice that results in blacks being tried…

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Should there be Raleigh DWI Plea Deals?

This article describes a fairly familiar attitude toward plea deals among regular people. Most people view plea deals as concessions to the defendant – basically gifts to the defendant that are undeserved. But as people who are in the Raleigh criminal system understand, a plea deal is a compromise in which both parties give up…

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