August 30, 2017 pbweede

Self-defense cases seem to generate a lot of interest and attention.  Here is an article from John Rubin with the UNC School of Government (posting on the UNC School of Government’s Criminal Law Blog) on a recent NC case involving a self-defense issue.   https://nccriminallaw.sog.unc.edu/self-defense-retreat-places-defendant-lawful-right/#more-7752

August 17, 2017 pbweede

No one ever wants to hear the words “You’re under arrest” or the unmistakable sound of handcuffs. When that happens, one may ask, “What do I do if I have been arrested?” or “What do I need to know if I get arrested?” Therefore, if you are ever arrested for a criminal offense, here is…

August 14, 2017 pbweede

If you are charged with a criminal offense for the first time, the experience can seem daunting. You may be concerned about questions such as the following. What impact will this have on my status at school or on my ability to get into college or graduate school? Will this affect my ability to participate…

August 9, 2017 pbweede

When police pull over an individual for a traffic violation, the individual usually receives a citation. In some instances, the traffic stop could lead to an arrest for DWI, drug possession, or some other offense. Here are some important tips to keep in mind for traffic stops.   Basis of Traffic Stop A law enforcement…

August 3, 2017 pbweede

Individuals who come to court are usually facing a difficult situation. You want to achieve the best possible result. From my experience as a prosecutor, here are some important tips to keep in mind when preparing for court.   Know Your Court Date and Courtroom   If you have been charged with a criminal offense…

August 2, 2017 pbweede

From watching crime dramas and movies, most people have heard the Miranda rights read countless times. You have probably heard some variation of the following:   “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot…

August 2, 2017 pbweede

I recently posted information regarding NC’s expungement laws.  There are changes to NC’s expungement statutes, which will begin to take effect on December 1, 2017.  The new statutes are listed here.   In addition, John Rubin with the UNC School of Government has written an article on the changes, which is linked here.    

July 28, 2017 pbweede

Recently, I have discussed North Carolina’s expungement and certificate of relief processes as possible ways to address the impact of a criminal conviction. These options generally pertain to individuals who have only been through the criminal process once and have relatively minor convictions.   However, individuals with multiple convictions and those who committed serious offenses…

July 27, 2017 pbweede

Last week, I discussed North Carolina’s expungement process as a possible mechanism to address the impact of a criminal conviction. In this post, I will focus on obtaining a certificate of relief and North Carolina’s collateral consequences statutes. The purpose of a certificate of relief is to relieve an individual of the collateral consequences that…

July 20, 2017 pbweede

A criminal conviction could have a significant and lasting impact on individuals, especially young people. In particular, convictions could impair an individual’s ability to get into college, obtain employment, and/or receive a license/certification to practice in a particular field.   Everyone makes mistakes during their lives. When the mistake results in a criminal conviction, an…

July 7, 2017 pbweede

As many are aware, drug overdose deaths (especially from heroin) are sadly on the rise.  The increase might also lead to a larger number of criminal prosecutions.   Federal Prosecutions   Pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(b)(1)(C), an individual who distributes heroin resulting in death or serious bodily injury faces a 20-year…

July 5, 2017 pbweede

  As a former Special Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the drug unit, I know that cooperation is often a key part of a federal drug case. Many defendants facing federal drug charges decide to cooperate with the Government hoping to receive substantial assistance in order to reduce the amount of time they will…