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Other than protests and college parties, noise ordinance violations in North Carolina are rarely Noise Ordinanceenforced.  Rarely do defense lawyers encounter criminal chares involving loud vehicles, concert venues, or aircraft operations.

Indeed, enforcement of local laws regarding “noises” may be predicated on an ulterior purpose to limit groups of citizens gathering in protest, such as at political events and/or abortion clinics.

College students, especially fraternities and social organizations all too often encounter police seeking to investigate parties, issue citations for underage possession, consumption of alcohol, and minor drug charges.

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A recent unpublished opinion by the NC Court of Appeals reminds family law attorneys and criminal defense lawyers alike that “fear of imminent bodily injury” is a subjective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.

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.Orders 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.

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