Archives for: August 29th, 2019

Following the lead of federal reforms, North Carolina is currently considering new legislation that would impose common-sense sentencing reforms for low-level, non-violent drug offenders. 

Under the First Step Act, judges would be allowed to use their discretion when determining the sentencing for certain drug offenses, and in some cases override the mandatory minimum sentence. 

North Carolina currently has strictly enforced mandatory minimums for drug trafficking, which are not only an injustice to defendants, but also fill North Carolina prisons with nonviolent drug offenders at taxpayers’ expense.

Let’s take a look at the [...]

One of the most devastating consequences of a sex crime conviction remains in effect long after your case is closed: the requirement to register as a sex offender.

North Carolina maintains a public sex offender database, which allows the public to search the sex offender registry by name and location. Your home and workplace will appear on a map of North Carolina sex offenders.

Even if you’ve moved on with your life and have no intention to re-offend, you’re left with the humiliating stigma of being a registered sex offender. This is [...]

Unfortunately, false allegations of domestic violence used to gain legal leverage are on the rise, too. An estimated 700,000 people are wrongfully arrested on domestic violence charges annually. 

What you may also not be aware of is that although domestic violence is typically prosecuted in North Carolina state courts, it is sometimes prosecuted federally…and a federal conviction is far more serious.

Understanding how domestic violence is defined and what scenarios are considered domestic violence offenses is only the first action you can take should you be falsely accused. 

Domestic Violence Defined

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When you think about all of the crimes in North Carolina, white-collar crimes don’t always seem so serious – primarily because there is rarely any violence involved in this type of offense.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that crimes like fraud and tax evasion are absolutely victimless. For this reason, there are consequences.

If you have been charged with a white-collar crime in North Carolina, those consequences upon conviction are serious. Mistakes in or out of the courtroom may make the difference between a prison sentence and walking away free.

An experienced North Carolina [...]