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The formal opinion name, as listed in the UNPUBLISHED decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals is “State of North Carolina v. Randy Allen McDonald, Defendant.”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

They say difficulties come in threes.  I don’t know if I necessarily subscribe to that proverb, especially as it may relate to the life of Lawyers Near Mea Charlotte lawyer.

It’s not that “stuff” doesn’t happen.  It’s just that it happens all the time, one thing after another.

My days in court sometimes remind me of the description of weaving in DWI charges: A relatively regular pattern of lateral movement with one steering correction closely followed by another.

Search Warrants are subject to Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Search Warrants

Without “probable cause,” a search is ordinarily deemed “unreasonable” and therefore improper.  As is the case with many legal issues involving criminal charges, there are certain exceptions.

Searches of a home or residence invite additional scrutiny by Courts, given there is a substantial expectation of privacy within “hearth and home.”

Subjective Fear in the 50B Protection Order Context

A recent unpublished opinion by the NC Court of Appeals reminds family law attorneys and criminal defense lawyers alike that “fear of imminent bodily injury” is a subjective standard and need not be objectively reasonable.DVPO Complaint

That may come as a surprise to some, given the Court also recently pointed out some of the dire consequences of even being accused of Acts of Domestic Violence.

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