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A Public Defender who works at the Moss Justice Center in York County, South Carolina has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 Severe Acute Respiratory CRIMINAL LAWYERS IN YORK COUNTY SCSyndrome Coronavirus 2.

The Justice Center is where criminal charges in York County, which includes Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Lake Wylie, are heard.

Other court personnel work in the Moss Center, including the Office of the Public Defender, 16th District Solicitors (prosecutors) for the State of South Carolina, Magistrates, and the Clerk of Court for York County.

Shawn Patrick Ellis created quite a kerfuffle in more ways than one.REASONABLE SUSPICION IN NORTH CAROLINA

His defiant middle finger and later refusal to identify himself to law enforcement resulted in a Superior Court criminal conviction for Resisting Officers.

On a day focused on NC court closures, continuances, and the Coronavirus, Justice Robin Hudson delivered an opinion addressing the legality of giving someone the middle finger.

Being accused of wrongdoing and allegedly committing a crime when you’re innocent is disturbing at best.FALSE ACCUSATIONS

Your good name and reputation in the community are at stake.

Even if found not guilty or the criminal charges are ultimately thrown out or dismissed, false allegations can affect your freedom, your future, and how you’re treated by friends and neighbors.

Will my case be continued?WILL MY CASE BE CONTINUED IF COURT CLOSES?

This morning at 11:00 a.m., the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court formally announced her Order regarding the Coronavirus.  It will affect court calendars, continuances, and future settings in North Carolina.

The procedures and protocols apply statewide, involving a substantial number of civil matters and criminal charges in Charlotte, N.C.

DWI fatality and homicide cases, those involving murder, manslaughter, and felony death by vehicle charges in Mecklenburg County are handled by a special team of prosecutors.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors alike refer to it as the “Homicide Team.”

The lawyers in Charlotte who comprise the DA Homicide Team are some of the most seasoned courtroom attorneys I know.  If you have a matter with the Homicide Team, it’s a serious criminal charge and one that deserves careful consideration by a defense attorney with substantial courtroom experience- Bill Powers

Union County law enforcement officials report the recent seizure of 4 kilos of cocaine and $9,000 in cash, resulting in drug trafficking charges.Trafficking Cocaine Charges

While most people understand drug charges in North Carolina can carry serious consequences, an arrest and indictment for “trafficking” may come as a surprise.

Unlike other felony drug charges, trafficking can be a bit more straightforward, if not simplistic.

Hearsay, Tips, and Confidential Informant Evidence in trafficking charges in North Carolina can be the basis for the issuance of a search warrant and further investigation into alleged criminal Confidential Informant Drug Chargesactivity.

Courts, prosecutors, and Charlotte criminal lawyers alike carefully review such materials, as may be made part of a Motion for Discovery, due to the potential impact and/or suppression of evidence seized pursuant to a search.

In the event a Search Warrant is predicated on information provided by a confidential informant, tip, hearsay, or another out-of-court statement, the reliability, and veracity of information provided may, in appropriate circumstances, serve as a basis for either a Motion to Suppress and a Motion of Dismiss, depending on the nature, level, and extent of constitutional violations.

State v. McDonald involves an appeal from Catawba County Superior Court and admitted evidence supporting Habitual Felon status.  Habitual Felon Status

The formal opinion name, as listed in the UNPUBLISHED decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals is “State of North Carolina v. Randy Allen McDonald, Defendant.”

Mr. McDonald appealed the decision of the Honorable Superior Court Judge allowing the introduction of evidence/materials regarding Mr. McDonald’s prior criminal record / history of convictions.

Criminal Charges in College – Campus Police

While sitting at Gate C3 at the Nashville airport yesterday, I received back-to-back panicked calls from mothers of, let’s say, University of Anytown students.Criminal Charges on Campus

I was returning home to Charlotte after touring a prospective college with my teen-aged daughter.

Criminal Code Reform 

Who makes the criminal laws in North Carolina?  Is it the General Assembly through the NC General Statutes or local Criminal Ordinances in North Carolinamunicipalities through Criminal Code Violations?

The answer presently is, “both.” That may be about to change, albeit at a glacier-like pace.  It seems “Criminal Law Reform,” as Senate Bill 584 entitles the new law on criminal laws, takes time.

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