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Knowledge and know-how critical to successfully defend against criminal charges

Individuals in and around the Charlotte area who are facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges have a lot is at stake. A criminal conviction related to drug charges, DWI, assault, theft or fraud can negatively impact an individual's life in innumerable and often unforeseen ways.

Individuals who are facing criminal charges, feel tremendous stress and fear as they attempt to deal with how to approach and defend against criminal charges. Attorney Christopher A. Connelly understands that an individual's future and important professional, personal and financial matters are on the line.

North Carolina loan officer sentenced to prison for mortgage fraud

For many people, owning a home is a big part of the American dream. A decade ago, purchasing a home was viewed as a smart financial move as home values continued to steadily increase. However, with the collapse of the housing market in 2007 home values, along with the rest of U.S. economy, began to plummet.

As investigations into the cause of the housing market collapse began to come to light, the questionable practices of financial institutions and mortgage providers came under scrutiny. Many of these practices were blamed for helping contribute to the housing market crash. As a result, Congress passed several laws and regulations aimed to protect U.S. consumers from what it deemed to be deceptive mortgage lending practices.

What are my rights when stopped by a police officer?

The nation was recently gripped by the police shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African American man named Michael Brown. Prior to the shooting, the details of the encounter between Brown and the police officer are still in dispute. The police contend Brown assaulted the officer who subsequently shot him. Eye witnesses, however, say Brown was shot multiple times by the officer after turning around with his hands in the air.

Every day throughout North Carolina men, women and teens are approached by police officers and face the possibility of arrest. An individual may be approached or pulled over by a police or law enforcement official for a number of reasons. Whether an individual is driving and pulled over or a teenager, who fits the description of a recent burglary suspect, is stopped and questioned by an officer; it's important that individuals who are facing a possible arrest know their rights. It's also important that individuals do their best to avoid a possible escalation with law enforcement officials.

Changes could be in store for white collar crime sentencing laws

People facing charges for white collar crime in North Carolina will be interested to learn about a recent push for changes in federal sentencing laws for certain financial crimes. The suggested changes could reduce the penalties imposed on people convicted of white collar offenses such as insider trading, fraud and embezzlement.

Missing girl's parents charged with fraud

The adoptive parents of a missing North Carolina girl are facing federal fraud charges in connection to her disappearance. It is still not clear what became of the girl, whose brother reported her missing last year. 

In North Carolina, DUI can dramatically affect car insurance

The financial analysis company NerdWallet recently released a report showing the relationship between impaired driving charges, fatal DUI accidents and insurance premiums. The report compared these data points from the nation’s 150 largest cities in order to examine how insurance rates are affected by drunk driving convictions in different areas.

Woman fakes her own disappearance to avoid a court date

A North Carolina woman’s legal problems went from bad to worse recently when authorities discovered that she had allegedly faked her own disappearance to avoid a scheduled court date. Her husband has been accused of aiding her in the scheme and is also facing criminal charges.

Avoid drunk driving charges this Fourth of July

Independence Day is a time for celebration with family and friends, and oftentimes those celebrations involve alcohol. Taking a few extra minutes to plan a sober ride home this weekend can make the difference between a fun-filled holiday and an arrest for drunk driving. 

State vs Williams NC Court Of Appeals June 17, 2014

Attorneys have been arguing NCGS 20-139.1 that the failure of the CMPD property sheet to list everyone in the chain of custody - along with a description of the material & statement that the material was delivered in essentially the same condition as received - should preclude admission of the blood test. Sometimes, if not often, getting overruled when the judge says it goes to the weight not admissibility.

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