Common Defense Claims in North Carolina

Defense Claims in North Carolina While criminal defense on television may seem like a matter of delivering the most emotionally moving or meticulously creative arguments in favor of the defendant, the reality of the law is much more restrained. Criminal charges all have specific elements that need to be proven by prosecution, so facts that…

Bars to Prosecution in North Carolina

What are Bars to Prosecution? If you are facing criminal charges, your lawyer should help you understand what facts they can present that would help or hinder your case. This also means using the avenues available in the law to prevent the prosecution from pursuing charges against you, or a “bar” to prosecution. Generally speaking…

How Has Coronavirus Affected Criminal Proceedings?

COVID-19’s Impact on Criminal Proceedings The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to restructure our lives in many ways in the public interest of keeping people safe and healthy. While we often think and hear about how this has changed the way we go to work, school, and other things we do in our day-to-day lives,…

Understanding Criminal State of Mind or “Mens Rea”

What Does “Mens Rea” Mean? It is a general rule that a criminal offense consists of both an act (or omission or failure to act) and a criminal state of mind. This criminal state of mind is sometimes called a “guilty mind” or the more legal term, “mens rea”. Essentially, in order to be guilty…

Do the Feds Get Involved in College Drug Cases?

College Drug Cases in North Carolina — Can Students Face Federal Charges? Drug use and distribution is very common on college campuses, especially in fraternities and sororities. Many students, especially those at more elite colleges, do not take drug abuse very seriously and doubt they’ll ever face consequences. After all, law enforcement does patrol campuses…