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Major Victory for Gun Permit Appeals

On April 17, 2018, in a major victory for gun permit applicants, The NC Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution requires that they be informed of the specifics behind their denial and have an opportunity to challenge the denial in court. In that case, The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office issued their usual bare-bones denial of the application, without notice of the exact nature of the basis for the denial or any opportunity to be challenge that basis. The applicant appealed the Sheriff's decision to the District Court which then denied the appeal, also without affording him an opportunity to be challenge the basis. The Court of Appeals held that an applicant who is denied a permit must be provided notice of the precise grounds for the sheriff's denial and the information alleged in support. This process must then be followed by an opportunity to contest the matter in a hearing in District Court. Talk to an experienced lawyer who can represent you in your Gun Permit Appeal. By law, you have only one chance to get it right; there is no appeal from the court's decision.

8 North Carolina residents facing drug charges

Eight people are in custody on narcotics charges stemming from a three-month police investigation. The group is facing 127 drug charges in all, according to the Chatham County Sheriff's Office. The North Carolina residents were allegedly involved in sharing prescriptions for opioids with about 600 pills being passed around every month. Among the drugs seized were Xanax and about 8 grams of marijuana.

Authorities confiscated 887 opiate pills which were apparently obtained by prescription. In addition, they seized two vehicles and more than $4,600 in cash. It is estimated that those accused owe the North Carolina Department of Revenue more than $17,000 in taxes with respect to the drugs.

Dozens arrested on drug charges in North Carolina

An extensive drug sweep in Brunswick County has resulted in dozens of arrests recently. Those arrested stand accused of a number of North Carolina drug charges, and many are repeat offenders. Whether this is their first drug-related charge or they have previous convictions, all of those accused are likely considering their options for an effective criminal defense.

For more than six months, North Carolina authorities have conducted undercover drug operations to try to weed out the apparently rampant drug epidemic in the area. This latest round of arrests occurred in a roundup called Throw Back in Jail Thursday, and the Sheriff of Brunswick County stated that this was just one of several roundups designed to get dealers of the streets. This most recent raid reportedly resulted in three arrests and netted 6 ounces of cocaine, as well as an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Authorities also seized money and a handgun.

Can you expunge your North Carolina criminal record?

If you or someone you love has a criminal record, you may find that it hurts your ability to secure a job, maintain strong ties with family members or find affordable housing, among other barriers it can potentially present. Sometimes, having a criminal record can haunt you long after you commit your initial crime, but in some cases, you may be able to take some steps to minimize the damage your criminal record causes.

In North Carolina, having your criminal record erased, essentially, is known as “expunction” or “expungement,” but not everyone with a criminal record is eligible for it. What expunction does is clear your offense from your criminal record, meaning you can typically deny having ever committed your offense without having to fear perjury charges or other potential repercussions. While expunction more or less destroys your criminal record, it is important to note that there is one exception to being able to avoid acknowledging you ever had a conviction. In any communications you may have with federal immigration officials, you must still acknowledge your offense.

3 In Charlotte arrested on theft crimes

Police in Charlotte have recently taken three men into custody whom they say were responsible for a series of thefts across the region. The North Carolina men stand accused of theft crimes that range from armed robbery to federal larceny. However, each of the men is presumed innocent unless and until prosecutors can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The first of the suspects was apprehended when police say he returned to the scene of his crimes. Allegedly, the man had broken into several cars at a local dealership and stole a variety of items from the vehicles. No one is sure why the 50-year-old man returned to the scene while police were there, but he was taken into custody and charged with two counts each of felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny. Purportedly, he is also a man of interest in a string of similar incidents throughout the city.

Sex crimes: Charlotte man charged with rape

A Charlotte man is the prime suspect in a number of sexual assaults that have occurred on local college campuses recently. Now, the 29-year-old suspect has also been charged with rape in connection with one of the incidents. Like this man, those facing charges for any types of sex crimes are well advised to seek experienced legal counsel in order to fight the formal accusations against them.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the man is responsible for a series of sexual battery incidents that occurred close to the campuses for Central Piedmont Community College and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Two attacks allegedly took place near CPCC on Wednesday, March 7, and three more occurred near UNCC the following Friday. Purportedly, the man approached his victims at local stores.

Marijuana Grow House defendant avoids years in prison for Trafficking

Client was charged with 2 counts of Trafficking after police, armed with a search warrant, raided the home and found of marijuana plants growing in the attic. The yield on the lab weight was many pounds over the Marijuana Trafficking threshold. Client was facing over 6 years in state prison. Attorney Connelly carefully and thoroughly researched the law and ascertained that the search warrant had some serious legal deficiencies. Based upon these technicalities, and other mitigating factors, we were able to get the sentence reduced to only 60 days in local jail with Probation. The 60 day jail time could be served on a schedule convenient to the client and probation. 

1 accused of drunk driving following single-vehicle accident

There are a multitude of scenarios in which a driver may veer in and out of a lane of traffic. In some cases, something as simple as looking down briefly to change a radio station can create a similar result, and this momentary lapse in concentration may also be all it takes for disaster to strike. Unfortunately, a recent single-vehicle accident that took place in North Carolina has left a 29-year-old man facing drunk driving charges.

The incident reportedly took place at around 9:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday when a man was traveling with his two children in the vehicle. According to law enforcement agents, his vehicle suddenly drifted off the side of the road and overturned multiple times. One of his kids was reportedly ejected from the vehicle in the process and is reportedly in stable condition at a medical facility. The other child was also taken to the hospital but was released soon thereafter.

What are some common types of employee embezzlement?

If you are a North Carolinian facing embezzlement charges, you need to speak with your attorney regarding exactly what it is that the prosecutor alleges you did. As you probably know, embezzlement is a white-collar financial theft crime, but it covers a wide range of specific activities.

Basically, embezzlement occurs when an employee or someone else entrusted with the care of another’s personal property steals or converts it to his or her own use or diverts it to someone else who likewise is not legally entitled to have it. To convict you of embezzlement, the prosecutor must prove that you had actual possession of the money and/or property you allegedly stole or that your job description and/or the practices of your company gave you control over it.

Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges for 1 in North Carolina

Many individuals may be unaware of their legal rights when it comes to being involved in a traffic stop. A similar situation can be intimidating, and a person may be more willing to consent to the search of a vehicle by feeling as though he or she doesn't retain the right to refuse. A man has been arrested and is facing numerous drug charges after allegedly consenting to a search during a recent traffic stop in North Carolina.

Authorities assert the incident began when they encountered a driver who was exhibiting suspicious behavior on a recent Sunday. After the man allegedly failed to signal a turn while driving below the speed limit, police initiated a traffic stop. While issuing the driver a ticket, they claim he gave consent for them to search the vehicle, which allegedly unearthed an unspecified amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a loaded firearm.

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