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August 2014 Archives

Knowledge and know-how critical to 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.

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.

Fist Fight in Charlotte Courtroom, but is it Contempt?

One of the great equalizers of our criminal justice system is when families of victims & alleged perpetrators are often brought into the same courtroom.  Emotions run hot with tragic results.  Yesterday, a fist fight erupted in courtroom 1150 while the ADA was performing an official function of calling docket.  The Judge was not in the courtroom at the time. NCGS 5A-13 distinguishes Direct and Indirect Contempt.  Direct occurs in the presence of the judicial official in or near the courtroom and is likely to disrupt the proceedings.  Direct may be determined & punished on the spot, usually with Jail or a fine. Indirect may be punished after a hearing. So while these pugilists were saved from going to jail on the spot by the absence of the judge, they can still be charged with Indirect Contempt.

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.

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. 

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