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January 2015 Archives

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to implement body-camera program

During 2014, questions and controversy related to the use of excessive force by police officers came to a head with the police shooting deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the choke hold death of Eric Garner. As Americans across the country took to the streets to protest, police officials searched for a way to restore the public's faith.

Report details why locking up juvenile offenders does more harm than good

Making mistakes is a major part of growing up and learning how to navigate life. Unfortunately, for some kids, mistakes related to drug use and possession, robbery, assault and drunk driving can have serious consequences that result in criminal charges. Mistakes are part of life and when a young person appears to be headed down the wrong path, it benefits all of society if measures are taken and employed to help a youth succeed.

What activities may be considered cyber crimes?

Previously, many incidents of alleged theft involved circumstances in which an accused individual was believed to have personally take physical belongings from another. For example, an individual facing identify theft charges may have been accused of rummaging through someone's trash. Today, however, acts involving the unlawful access and use of sensitive personal and financial information readily involve the use of computers and are widely referred to as cyber crimes.

Did New Jersey Real Housewife Teresa Guidice get special treatment at prison?

The media has been all agog of late, gushing how The Real Housewives of New Jersey female felon extraordinaire has already received a cut in her jail time down to 13 months. Fans may remember how she was originally sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of counts of bank, mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud, which allegedly saw them netted millions over several years.

Federal government cracking down on mortgage fraud

Any Charlotte area resident who has ever purchased a home or property likely went through the process of taking out a mortgage. The process of obtaining a mortgage loan can be complex and there are numerous financial records that must be provided and individuals who play a role in the loan process including the borrower, mortgage lender, loan processor, loan officer and real estate appraiser. Each individual has an important role to fulfill in the mortgage lending process and each must also ensure the information they both provide and are provided with is accurate.

Defending against misdemeanor and felony drug charges

An arrest for misdemeanor or felony drug charges may result from a number of circumstances and scenarios. Penalties associated with a drug conviction can amount to thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison.  All drug convictions result in an individual having a criminal record and should therefore be taken seriously. North Carolina residents who are facing drug charges would be wise to exercise their right to remain silent and contact a criminal defense attorney.

Meet the Office Mascots

  • Sir Winston Churchill Connelly is a red Labradoodle bred from a mahogany miniature French Poodle and a red English Lab. He is doted upon by staff and clients alike, stealing their hearts with his sweet disposition. More Photos

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