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HUGE changes to NC Expunction Laws Give New Hope to Countless Thousands of North Carolinians

Effective December 1, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly has implemented the broadest and possibly most important changes to existing North Carolina expunction laws to date. Senate Bill 445 passed the North Carolina Senate by a 47-2 vote and the House by a 103-2 vote. This bill contains numerous changes, but there are two MASSIVE … Read More

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Allow Felony Bench Trials in North Carolina

In the November election, North Carolina voters will once again be given an opportunity to amend the North Carolina Constitution. The amendment at issue is whether those charges with a Felony in North Carolina should have the option to waive a jury trial and instead have a trial by judge, also known as a “bench … Read More

Improper Application of the “Career Offender Enhancement” Amounts to a “Fundamental Miscarriage of Justice”

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals announced Whiteside v. United States, a very important decision for people incarcerated and sentenced prior to 2011. If someone was sentenced as a “Career Offender” in Federal Court, he may be eligible to have that sentence reduced by the court. In 2011, the … Read More

New NC Criminal Laws Effective December 1, 2013

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The Expanding Availability of Expunctions in North Carolina

Recent changes in North Carolina expunction law have broadened the scope of expunctions available while simultaneously making expunction law more complicated. Due to the complexity of expunctions, you should hire a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the process. North Carolina now allows expunctions for, among others — 1. Certain dismissed misdemeanor and felony charges … Read More