Articles Tagged with APPEALS

What are the direct consequences of a guilty plea? 

In State of North Carolina v. Luis Fernando Saldana, the Court of Appeals of North Carolina examines the appeal of Luis Fernando Saldana against the trial court’s order denying his motion to Criminal Defense Lawyers in Charlotte NC withdraw a guilty plea entered in 2005. 

This case provides a complex scenario involving immigration consequences of a guilty plea, the procedural aspects of withdrawing a plea, and the interpretation of legal standards pertinent to such motions.


The Court of Appeals needs and deserves more human resources to do its important work in a timely fashion, not less. Important changes in the judicial system demand careful review – Bill Powers, President NCAJ 


Reduction of Court of Appeals judges should only occur after a request by the Chief Justice and the Administrative Office of the Courts based on solid empirical data – Bill Powers 


Eliminating Court of Appeals Seats in North Carolina


Hung, Deadlocked Jury Dynamite Charges:  Jury Deliberations in North Carolina

Caselaw Summary for North Carolina Supreme Court – North Carolina v. May

MONITECH 2015 BROCHURE PAGE 1The North Carolina Ignition Interlock Device (IID), sometimes referred to as the “Blow-and-Go,” may be required in certain DUI DWI Impaired Driving Offenses NCGS 20-179.3 and Conditions of Restoration following a Department of Transportation / Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Hearing.  Monitech is one of three companies authorized by the State of North Carolina to install, monitor and report back to the Court or DMV results of breath testing.

Monitech recently forwarded to our office the attached brochure, requesting we let clients know there is presently in place a Free Installation offer.  Powers Law Firm PA does not expressly endorse one company over another.  Indeed, we regularly serve as legal counsel to clients whom have been accused of consuming alcohol and driving, necessitating a challenge to the accuracy of such devices in court and are further called to cross-examine Monitech employees regarding installation errors, datum dumps, reporting errors and false readings.

As some background on Breath Alcohol Testing Devices, the IID:

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