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Sentencing and Post-Convictions

Sentencing and Post-Convictions

Federal sentencing guidelines

There are ways a criminal attorney can make a difference even after a trial is complete and a sentence has been handed down. Sentencing, particularly federal sentencing, is complicated and demands the skills of an experienced attorney. Locke Clifford has been a successful advocate for his clients in federal courts for more than 40 years. He has worked with consultants in the complicated area of federal sentencing to achieve the best possible sentences for his clients. His familiarity with all of the ways to reduce sentences is critical to the best possible outcome.


Examples of post-conviction work where an experienced criminal defense attorney can make a difference include:

  • Appeals
  • Motions for appropriate relief
  • Parole and probation violations
  • Re-sentencing when the guidelines or laws change
  • Re-sentencing when there has been substantial assistance provided

Other issues that can be discussed with an experienced criminal defense attorney are pardons, clemency and restoration of rights. The sooner you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney, the better chance of a successful outcome.

Locke T. Clifford reported cases

Information fabricated by law enforcement officer

State v. Watkins. 120 N.C. App. 804, 463 S.E.2d 802 (1995). An officer stopped a vehicle for impaired driving. A prior appeal of this case determined that anonymous information and the officer's observations provided reasonable suspicion for the stop; see State v. Watkins, 337 N.C. 437, 446 S.E. 2d 67 (1994). In later proceedings, the defendant then filed a supplemental suppression motion based on the newly discovered evidence that the anonymous information had been supplied to the stopping officer by another officer who had fabricated the information (there was no evidence that the stopping officer knew the information to be fabricated). The court ruled that reasonable suspicion that is based on information fabricated by a law enforcement officer and supplied to another law enforcement officer may not serve as a basis for a stop, even though the stopping officer did not know the information was fabricated.

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Cases We Handle

We Handle:

  • Criminal cases in North Carolina District Court and Superior Court in Guilford County, including Greensboro and High Point
  • 50B and 50C protection order cases in both North Carolina District Courts in Guilford County, including Greensboro and High Point
  • Federal criminal cases
    • Misdemeanors in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and sometimes Statesville and Durham
    • Felonies in all four cities and on a case-by-case basis in any federal court in the United States
  • Federal civil forfeiture cases, post-conviction work and investigations
    on an individual basis
  • Private prosecutions in state court on a case-by-case basis

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