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Know your rights when you are charged with a crime

Anyone facing a criminal charge might feel like they are facing an uphill battle. While it is true that building a defense is often rather difficult, all defendants should understand that they have a right to present a defense to the charges against them. We can help defendants look into the options that might help them resolve their case.

Sexting teens face felony charges for sexual exploitation

North Carolina laws regarding sending nude photos of minors is very strict. In fact, being convicted of merely having nude photos of minors on your phone can lead to you having to register as a sex offender. Interestingly, the laws regarding sexting don't take the age of the sender or recipient into account.

What does it mean to plead the Fifth?

When you are facing criminal charges, one of the most important things you can do is to ensure that your rights are being respected. There are a variety of rights that you have. One of these is the right to not incriminate yourself, which is granted to you by the Fifth Amendment. This is where the phrase "plead the Fifth" comes from.

Drag racer facing multiple murder charges after accident

Law enforcement officials say that a man participating in an illegal drag race is responsible for a crash that resulted in the deaths of four people and injuries to several others. The accident occurred on the evening of July 12 in Middlesex, North Carolina. According to a spokesperson with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the defendant has since been charged with three counts of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the accident.

What are Miranda rights?

Anyone who has ever watched a movie or TV show involving an arrest is probably familiar with Miranda rights. Also referred to as being "Mirandized," being read your Miranda rights is to inform you that you have the right to refuse to answer officers' questions during an interrogation. You can also choose to invoke your Fifth Amendment right to have an attorney present during questioning to help advise you on what -- if anything -- to answer.

What you need to know if you are accused of identity theft

The advances in modern technology have made it much easier for consumers to use electronic methods in which to transfer their money. This is true whether you are shopping for clothes online using a credit card or withdrawing money from an ATM using a debit card. The tremendous advantages provided by these convenient and efficient payment methods also makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

Is a plea bargain a good idea for your case?

Plea bargains can be a good defense strategy for some defendants who want to avoid going to trial. There are many benefits to a plea bargain, but they are not the best option for every case. Understanding when plea bargains may be an option and the possible downsides can help you make an informed decision about how you want to proceed with your case.

Presenting a defense against charges of violent crimes

All criminal charges are serious, but felony charges involving violent crimes can come with some of the harshest penalties in the case of a conviction. While a criminal defense attorney can help any defendant better navigate the North Carolina justice system, legal representation is absolutely critical for those facing charges of murder, manslaughter or assault.

How do the courts decide whether to grant an appeal?

Defendants in North Carolina who have been convicted of a crime have the right to appeal the verdict if they believe that there was an error made during the course of the trial that affected the verdict. While appealing can be a beneficial move for many defendants, it is not possible or warranted in all cases. Understanding how the appellate courts decide whether to grant or deny a defendant's appeal is an important part of the criminal defense process.

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