Category Archives: Criminal Law

Do Police Listen to Jail Calls?

Do law enforcement officers listen to personal jail calls? Yes, they generally do, and they can and will use these calls against you. Detention centers do record calls between inmates and family and/or friends. Someone will listen to these calls, and report any incriminating information back to the district attorney’s office. This information could be

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Assault By Pointing a Gun

Assault by pointing a gun is a Class A1 misdemeanor in North Carolina, which is the highest level misdemeanor. A person is guilty of assault by pointing a gun when he or she points a gun at another.  It does not matter if the person pointed the gun at someone in jest. It also does not

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What is the Difference Between Misdemeanor Larceny and Shoplifting in North Carolina?

Misdemeanor larceny and shoplifting are not the same crime in North Carolina, but are very similar. Misdemeanor larceny is Class 1 misdemeanor; shoplifting is a Class 3 misdemeanor. This means the punishment for misdemeanor larceny is higher than the punishment for misdemeanor shoplifting.  Larceny is the act of taking personal property in the possession of

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Failure to Reduce Speed Ticket

You are driving south on Capital Boulevard in rush hour traffic and the car in front of you slams on its brakes. You try to stop, but you are a half second too late. Your car bumps the car in front of you. Someone calls the police, and you receive a failure to reduce speed

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What is District Court Like in North Carolina?

What exactly is criminal district court like in North Carolina? Ultimately, it depends on the day. Some days, court is quick and quiet; other days it is chaotic and takes up the full four hour session (or longer).  When you enter the courtroom, you are expected to sit behind the bar (the short wooden wall

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Raleigh City Council Approves Police Body Cameras

According to the News & Observer, Raleigh City Council approved the use of body cameras on Raleigh Police officers. Police officers will begin wearing the cameras sometime in Spring 2018.  However, it is unclear who will have access to the video footage. Currently, officers use dash cams, and footage is generally turned over to defendants

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Which Courtroom Am I In?

If your court date is coming up soon, you can find out ahead of time which courtroom you need to be in at the Wake County Justice Center or Durham Courthouse.  To find out which courtroom you should be in, click here and select the correct county from the drop-down list. Then, type your last

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2018 North Carolina Court Holidays

Pursuant to this memorandum issued by the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, North Carolina courthouses are closed on the following dates in 2018: New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, Monday, January 15, 2018 Good Friday, Friday, March 30, 2018 Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 Independence

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