In North Carolina, there is a major difference between a misdemeanor and a felony, the latter of which is the more severe charge. In simple terms, the most basic distinction between the two types of offenses is in how they are punished. If convicted of a misdemeanor, one can face up to 150 days in jail. However, if convicted of a felony, the minimum punishment is twelve months in prison.
In February 2019, Senator Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth) reintroduced a measure in the State Senate which would allow people to possess up to three ounces of cannabis legal for their own personal use. Last year’s version, which lawmakers did not approve, would have allowed up to four ounces. Nevertheless, this latest bill would significantly alter the legal landscape for Raleigh drug possession attorneys.
If you’ve been arrested or charged with a federal crime, there are two appearances before a judge that happen very quickly and require immediate action. The first is your initial appearance, where the government will read the charges against you, and the Judge will inquire about your need for representation, and ask the Assistant US […]
If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you know it’s serious and that you may be looking at a long, drawn out legal process. What you may not be aware of is what happens in the first few days following your arrest. To help you understand the process and know what you can expect, […]
In North Carolina there are six different levels of misdemeanor punishments for driving while impaired (DWI) convictions. They are level 1A, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Within the six levels, there two distinct categories. The first, and most serious category contains level 1A, 1, and 2 and the less serious category contains levels 3, […]
While most criminal cases fall under state law and are prosecuted by the State of North Carolina, the Justice Department of the United States government can investigate and prosecute federal crimes. While most people think federal crimes are limited to white-collar charges like mail fraud and counterfeiting, the scope is actually much broader. Our Eastern […]
It has long been a cardinal rule of novelists and screen writers that whatever you do, never, ever kill a dog. Our society’s connection with animals, whether as a pet, companion, service animal or, in many cases, as a family member, is deep and lasting. In the context of criminal cases, there are few cases […]
Defending Your Rights Against Identity Theft Charges In a nutshell, identity theft is using someone’s personal information, such as date of birth, Social Security number, or credit card information, for personal gain. Identity theft cases range from single-incident “dumpster divers” to huge data breach schemes. Identity theft is almost always a felony in North Carolina, […]
Let Our Raleigh Fraud Attorneys Review Your Case The IRS and other taxing authorities use audits and other non-criminal tools to address unintentional taxpayer errors. Tax fraud, on the other hand, is the intentional and willful attempt to evade income tax laws or defraud a tax collecting agency. Authorities could levy tax evasion charges in […]
According to the North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI), around 10% of insurance claims submitted involve a bit of fraud. Because the costs associated with these types of claims can be high, the agency’s sworn officers thoroughly investigate the cases, and these matters are harshly prosecuted.