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January 2016 Archives

Police interrogation: no, they're not focued on your best interests

We ask readers in today's post whether they think they can reasonably infer something about a police interrogation where a suspect who is persistently questioned and challenged without the assistance of legal counsel for six hours by investigators ultimately confesses to the rape and slaying of a neighbor ... and then asks if he is free to leave for a scheduled camping trip with his family.

Domestic abuse: the role of an experienced criminal defense attorney

Maybe it didn't really happen that way. Perhaps the "facts" were twisted, with authorities too quickly jumping on the bandwagon of a perceived victim who is actually -- through calculating and manipulative behavior -- a victimizer. Maybe police and prosecutors are being unfairly influenced by immediate perceptions based on sexual stereotypes.

When are Mecklenburg Courts closed for inclement weather?

People often ask if Mecklenburg courts will be closed due to inclement weather. The court policy is to follow Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for the first day of such weather. So if CMS is closed, the courts are closed. If CMS is delayed, the courts are delayed. (Note that this applies to the STATE court in Mecklenburg County; the Federal court has its own policy.) 

Domestic Violence cases and Fabricated Evidence

The potential for evidence to be fabricated by an unstable and vindictive "victim" is all too frequent, especially in Domestic Violence cases where it is a "he said, she said" courtroom scenario.This case is a classic example. Allegations that the "victim" suffered mental health problems, had possibly falsely reported other incidents and even fabricated illnesses, etc , are all ripe fodder for cross examination by an experienced lawyer.

Considerations on North Carolina theft crimes, Part 2

We noted in our immediately preceding blog post (please see our January 8 entry) that a criminal theft charge appearing fairly straightforward on first appearance might actually entail material ambiguity -- even flat-out uncertainty -- on a number of fronts.

North Carolina theft crimes: wide-ranging, serious consequences

Although many members of the general public in North Carolina and elsewhere might feel comfortable to collectively lump together all forms of illicit property taking as "stealing," that is a term that is often regarded as being somewhat generic under federal and state laws.

A look at the North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting Act

For any of our readers who have ever wondered how focused North Carolina criminal authorities are on systematically identifying and controlling various types of drugs, the state's Controlled Substances Reporting System might be instructive.

Focus on North Carolina early-release parole program

As has been widely noted in the media over the past year-plus, a growing national discontent has prominently surfaced regarding long-time American criminal law policies. A legion of critics spanning virtually the entire political spectrum has consistently weighed in with viewpoints that disparage various aspects of the criminal justice system on both the federal and state levels.

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

  • Dustye is a gaited (also known as racking) Registered Tennessee Walking Horse. He is a sweet tempered, playful, noble buckskin who loves to give rides to kids. More Photos