Criminal Defense Blog

Conviction holding you back? When it is possible to expunge a prior conviction Criminal convictions can pose a great many problems. Even relatively minor convictions can be a huge headache. If you are eligible, an expunction can clean your record and give you a fresh start
NC Supreme Court Clarifies Expert Opinion Testimony Standards NC has changed the way it admits expert testimony in court. Expert opinions are now to be admitted only by a witnesses qualified as an expert. It is our hope that this will cut down on the junk science currently admitted in our courts.
Rape Shield Laws prevented jurors from hearing evidence about the victim’s past State laws give out tough punishments to the offenders while offering protection to victims, yet at times the technicalities of these laws often translate to seemingly unjust punishments to those who have committed a crime. Last June, a jury convicted Demetrius Richardson, a 26-year-old man from Elyria, Ohio of rape for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor addresses erosion of 4th Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure in recent dissents Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s strong dissent on the Utah v. Strieff case makes it all the more important for a criminal lawyer to defend your constitutional rights.
Supreme Court Erodes Protections Against Bad Police Stops Raleigh criminal lawyer explores the Supreme Court's new perspective on the exclusionary rule.
Criminal Defense Attorney says Feds Finally Consider Rescheduling Marijuana Numerous drugs, particularly Schedule I drugs like heroin and LSD, may increase the likelihood that a person will perform dangerous acts, or perhaps even commit a crime. Marijuana is also classified as a Controlled Substance under Schedule I, in the same category as dangerous drugs like heroin and LSD.
Child Pornography Attorney Says Suspect Jailed Till He Provides Password Passwords and encryption methods may be enough to keep other people out of your computers and mobile devices and far away from your personal files, but once you’ve been accused of a serious crime like possession of child pornography, these safeguards are increasingly causing issues with the government's desire to access potentially relevant evidence.
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Questions the Legitimacy of Warrantless Search Under the 4th amendment protections of the US Constitution, police cannot enter a home without a warrant except in exigent circumstances. Very recently, North Carolina police allegedly stormed a Durham home on suspicion of marijuana, entering the premises without a search warrant and terrorizing the people inside. Some of the incident was caught on video.
Defense Attorney welcomes some return to normalcy for those convicted of sex crimes Last March 2015, Graham County Sheriff Danny Millsaps announced that he was banning sex offenders from church. More recently in November 2015, The N.C. Supreme Court upheld a state law that prohibits registered sex offenders from using Facebook or other social networking sites where minors can have an account. These are just the latest developments in a long list of North Carolina events related to sex offenses that border on the absurd and possibly unconstitutional.
Criminal Lawyer says Florida detectives made fools of suspects in “Operation April Fools” Every now and then, sensational news coverage crops up about young children who get sexually assaulted or molested by predatory adults. Sexual assault of a minor is a very serious crime, so it’s no wonder that members of a community become quite concerned when they learn about who in their midst might be participating in such disturbing behavior.