Second Chance Act and First Step Act Now in Effect

Changes to Criminal Records and Sentencing in North Carolina New laws have recently taken effect on Dec 1, 2020 in North Carolina that are designed to help more people convicted of low-level nonviolent crimes. These laws, known as the “Second Chance Act” and “First Step Act”, are among many state laws approved since last year…

Target Letters and Grand Jury Subpoenas

What Should I do if I Received a Target Letter or Grand Jury Subpoena? If you have received a letter saying that you are either the target or a subject of a grand jury investigation, then you have received a target letter or grand jury subpoena. This letter is a clear sign that a federal…

How Does the Government Track Down Child Pornography?

Emerging Technologies Tackle Child Pornography The internet hosts millions of images and videos of sexually abused children, with more pornographic content uploaded each day. To those unfamiliar with how much of the internet works, this may all seem confusing or surprising. Afterall, you are highly unlikely to ever stumble upon any of this content while…

A Potential Argument in Favor of Leniency for Recidivists

An Emergencing Call for Leniency for Criminal Recividists The law is rarely kind or merciful to those who commit crime after crime even after being released from prison or while under court supervision. Harsher punishment for prior conviction is built into our justice system, where sentencing guidelines recommend steeper fines, longer sentencing, and fewer avenues…

What Qualifies as a “Crime of Violence”?

Challenging the Definition of “Crime of Violence” It is generally understood that federal law treats charges of attempt to commit a crime the same as charges of committing a crime, but a recent criminal case in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has set a possible precedent for treating these charges differently when it comes…