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Expungement in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

A criminal conviction or a criminal charge can have a multitude of consequences. For example, a public housing authority can deny federally assisted housing based on an arrest that never led to a conviction. Private landlords can deny a person’s application. Also, employers can terminate someone with a criminal record. Further, insurance and loan… Read More »

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What are the Most Common Firearm Offenses in North Carolina?

By Dysart Willis |

On October 20, 2020, a North Carolina man was sentenced to over 15 years in prison for multiple drug and gun charges. Although the charges mainly involved illegal drugs, the man was also convicted of illegal possession of a firearm. Unfortunately, this is just one type of firearm charge a person may face in… Read More »

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Using Self-Checkout at Walmart Could Result in Criminal Charges

By Dysart Willis |

Anyone that has walked into a Walmart in recent years has seen the line of self-checkout machines that allow customers to scan their own items and pay for them. Whether the retail giant foresaw it or not, those machines have led to a number of thefts, which have cost the company thousands of dollars…. Read More »

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Defenses to Drug Possession Charges

By Dysart Willis |

It was in late September when a man from Rowan County was sentenced to almost eight years in federal prison after pleading guilty to multiple drug charges. The charges included possession, possession with intent to sell, and a number of weapon charges. He was also a known gang member to police. Although this specific… Read More »

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Marchers in North Carolina Voter Rally Pepper-Sprayed & Arrested

By Dysart Willis |

On October 31, North Carolina law enforcement took aim at citizens exercising their First Amendment rights who were marching to a polling location in Graham to honor African-Americans who were killed due to racial injustice (including such victims as Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Trayvon Martin, among others) by pepper spraying and arresting a… Read More »

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Appeals Court Creates New Fourth Amendment Rights For Criminal Defendants & Those Subject To Immigration Detainers

By Dysart Willis |

In September, the Ninth Circuit made two decisions which arguably created new Fourth Amendment rights for every defendant charged with crimes when surveillance practices lead to evidence being used against them, as well as those who are subject to immigration detention, determining that ICE’s decisions must be reviewed by a neutral magistrate because those… Read More »

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When Physical Discipline Turns into Child Abuse Charges in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

There is no question that parenting during the pandemic has been difficult for a number of people, especially for divorced or otherwise separated parents who disagree about certain issues, such as how to discipline their child. In fact, disagreements over issues such as corporal punishment have even led to false accusations of child abuse … Read More »

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Murder Charges Brought Over Miscarriages & Stillbirths

By Dysart Willis |

One prosecutor’s choice to charge women with murder after their pregnancies end in stillbirths has sent a panic around the country due to the precedent it could set for civil and reproductive rights, as well as the potential to criminalize the choices that pregnant women make. Specifically, the current prosecution of criminal defendant Chelsea… Read More »

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Wrongful Convictions, Who They Affect, & Legal Roadblocks Thwarting New Evidence

By Dysart Willis |

The issue of wrongful conviction has long been of concern in North Carolina and at the federal level, and not only disproportionately impacts certain minorities, especially Blacks and Latinos, but in addition, the criminal justice system as a whole is simply not designed to allow for faulty convictions to be overturned, even when the… Read More »

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New Study Proves That A “Persistent Racial Bias” Exists in All Police Traffic Stops & Searches, And This Significantly Affects Drug Stops & Arrests

By Dysart Willis |

In accordance with statistics previously released by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation demonstrating that minority drivers are much more likely to be searched by police officers during traffic stops than white drivers here in North Carolina, a new study published in Nature Human Behaviour has revealed that police decisions to stop and… Read More »

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