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It happens.  Sometimes people charged with a criminal offense forget about a court appearance and need help “recalling warrants” or striking an Order for Arrest.

You may have even been scared and decided not to appear in court on the assigned date, later realizing that only made a bad situation worse.

It’s also possible to have multiple cases pending in the same or even different jurisdictions, making it hard to keep track of everything.  Missing court can happen for a lot of very good reasons and is not terribly unusual.

Have an upcoming court appearance?

A lot of people don’t have experience with legal matters.  As such, it’s understandable you may not know what to expect, what to do, or how to act in court.  That’s normal.

Two of the most common questions we get is, “What should I expect in court?” and “What should I wear?”

Battle with AddictionLet’s call him Andrew.  We spent some time together last week.  Quick to smile, self-deprecating, and genuinely appreciative as a client, I’ve liked him from the start.

I could immediately see Andrew was agitated, but most people wouldn’t have picked up on that. I gave him the head nod and we silently walked out of the courtroom and into the hallway to talk.

Andrew didn’t start this conversation with his usual smile.  He was polite as ever, immediately apologizing for the purpose of our being there.  This time, things were different.

Brady and Giglio Material – Transparency in Motion for Discovery in NC

Brady RuleThe following legal reference materials are in addition to those previously posted by our law firm.  While discovery materials pursuant to Brady v. Maryland supplement the NC criminal laws relevant to voluntary discovery or a Motion for Discovery, they are technically distinct from the State providing Giglio content.

One way to think of it is that, generally speaking, all Giglio v. United States content likely falls within the Brady Rule, but not all Brady materials are Giglio disclosures.  Brady has to do with the voluntary disclosure of favorable information that may be exculpatory in nature.

The State of North Carolina (through the prosecutors) is required to turn over certain types of evidence to the accused (the Defendant in NC).  Criminal lawyers in Charlotte, and other attorneys throughout the state, often refer to that as Giglio or exculpatory Brady material. 

Both Brady and Giglio, and the associated release of documentation, are related to one another, at least in part.  Neither is strictly what may you think of as a Motion for Discovery or N.C.G.S. 15A-903, the NC discovery law.Motion for Discovery

It’s more than that.  Prosecutors have enhanced duties to provide certain materials pursuant to ethical responsibilities and constitutional precepts.

What is a 50B in NCCommunicating threats, assault, stalking, and other felony charges in North Carolina, if categorized as domestic violence, are clearly serious.  If arrested, the terms and conditions of release may result in no way to immediately bond out, at least for a couple of days.

That’s because, under the NC Criminal Laws, crimes of domestic violence require pre-trial release and bail be determined by a district court judge.  Unlike many other legal matters, including many if not most felony charges, a magistrate is not authorized to set bond or otherwise address the conditions of release for DV cases.

Even with no prior record, you may find youself in jail for a period of time until a judge is available.  That’s tough. The statute is written such that, unless the particular jursidiction can fast-track DV court appearances, people sit in jail with no way to get out for a substantial period of time- Bill Powers, Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC 

Is Court Closed in Charlotte?Inclement weather in the Carolinas can make for anxious times.  It’s more than just black ice and downed trees.  If you have court appearance coming up, wondering what to do can be a problem.   

Check out the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Court Closing Policy here.

The local Court Closing rule recommends you call the Mecklenburg County Emergency Announcement Line at  704-686-0289

Indictment Criminal LawCriminal charges in North Carolina follow a normal, standard protocol in our courts and judicial system. A Bill of Indictment is an important legal pleading and one that merits careful review by criminal defense lawyers.

In addition to providing for a methodological approach to the administration of justice, consistency serves to ensure Equal Protection of Laws.

Due Process includes compliance with Chapter 15: Criminal Procedure and Chapter 15A: The North Carolina Criminal Procedure Act.

Possession of a Firearm by a Felon ChargeCareful consideration is given in Criminal Court to weapons charges, especially when they are criminal charges involving a convicted felon and possession of a firearm (gun).  The consequences of a conviction for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Charge are serious and can result in jail time (41 months maximum prison sentence) as a Class G Felony under the Felony Sentencing Grid.

If you’ve been charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, it’s crucial to seek good legal advice from an experienced defense attorney.  Possession, and what constitutes possession, is often a key issue in the defense of such charges – Bill Powers, Criminal Defense Lawyer 

What is Possession of a Firearm by Felon in North Carolina?

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