Archives for: November 23rd, 2018

The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor conviction could affect your right to vote, to own firearms, and even your ability to get a job in North Carolina.

So, what determines whether a crime is a felony or a misdemeanor? In general, it is determined by the severity of the act, but there are all kinds of factors. For example, if someone has a clean record and commits a crime, they may be more likely to face misdemeanor charges than someone who has a record.

In this post, we’re going to focus [...]

Statistics show that 10 million people throughout the United States are abused by an intimate partner annually. Simply put, domestic violence, which also covers abuse between family members and roommates, is an epidemic.

Because of this, all kinds of laws have been put on the books over the last few decades, with some more serious than others. Our state has “simple” assault charges for less serious incidents of domestic violence, and “aggravated” assault charges for more serious incidents. The difference in these two charges could mean harsher penalties – some that can last [...]

You’re shopping in a store. Suddenly, a store security guard or manager comes up to you and accuses you of shoplifting or says that you have to come with them immediately.

What can you do? What should you expect to happen?

Below, we’re going to provide an overview of what happens in North Carolina after that initial shoplifting accusation, as well as what rights you have and how you can fight back to clear your name.

North Carolina Shoplifting: What the Store Can Do

The laws in North Carolina prohibit both merchandise concealment [...]

The term “drug trafficking” conjures up images of hardened criminals and cartels, who make their living off of a life of crime. However, it’s common for individuals or small partnerships to face drug trafficking charges as well.

In fact, you can even face drug trafficking charges simply for possessing a large quantity of drugs.

How is this possible?

Because drug trafficking is in part a crime of intent, and possessing an amount of substance that could reasonably be considered too large for personal use can be considered grounds for a drug trafficking charge, [...]