Challenging Sentencing Guidelines in Child Pornography Cases

Challenging Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Child Pornography Cases In a recent order filed on August 13th, 2021 by Eastern North Carolina U.S District Court, Superior Judge W. Earl Britt stated his policy disagreements with the relevant sentencing guidelines for a child pornography case, USA v. Jones, favoring a shorter sentence than what the guidelines provide.…

What are Geofence Warrants?

Geofence Warrants and Privacy Rights Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion, which our Fourth Amendment guarantees, has become increasingly challenged by the development of new technologies that collect massive quantities of data about our daily activities. Our phones and other devices can track where we are located, who we call, and what we are interested…

Potential Criminal Sentencing Reforms in North Carolina

A New North Carolina Bill Could Reform Criminal Sentencing Reduction At Tarlton Polk we receive many requests to consult on post-conviction relief options, as we do our best to evaluate eligibility and help clients obtain such relief for themselves or loved ones. However, there are circumstances where we have to tell people that they or…

Bombing and Terrorism Crimes in North Carolina

What Actions Constitute Terrorism in North Carolina? Terrorism, bombing and related crimes are all incredibly serious and result in very harsh penalties for those convicted. The common definition of terrorism is hotly debated, but in a legal criminal framework, its definition is more limited to relevant statutes and laws. In North Carolina, acts of terrorism…

Medicaid and Welfare Fraud

What is Medicaid and Welfare Fraud? Programs like Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and others exist to help people in need get more affordable access to necessary goods and services, or help people get back on their feet when they fall on tough times. There are all sorts of bureaucratic elements people have…