Accusations of Misdemeanor and Felony Assault in North Carolina

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People who are accused of assault may be tempted to sit down immediately with the police, who are asking a series of thoughtful questions, and explain what happened. This is a natural inclination for some, but it is also important to remember the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney. A quick
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Murder Charge Related to Long-ago Assault Dropped

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Another North Carolina man’s fate is turning on the complex application of the state’s changing laws. The situation arises from an assault for which the man was convicted approximately 22 years ago. Unfortunately, the victim’s death many years later was related to the assault. Current North Carolina law places no time limit on when a
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North Carolina Man, Wrongly Convicted, Is Free After 20 Years

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Today we bring you another story of a North Carolina man held in prison too long, but for a different reason. Amazingly, after 20 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the man says that he does not hold grudges. He has chosen a positive path, including regarding his situation with forgiveness
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North Carolina Prisoner Argues He Should Have Been Free Years Ago

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North Carolina’s sentencing laws became significantly stricter in 1994. Before then, people convicted of serious crimes such as murder could lower their sentences with good behavior. Life sentences could last no longer than 80 years, and then some prison sentences were reduced by 50 percent. All this bears on the sentence for a man who
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Supreme Court Ruling, Economy Slow Down Crime Lab

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A 2009 Supreme Court ruling has had a significant impact on how some North Carolina criminal matters are processed. The case,Melendez-Diaz vs. Massachusetts, requires lab technicians to present evidence in court, rather than by affidavit, in certain criminal trials. What does this mean for Raleigh’s State Bureau of Investigation crime lab? The toxicologists who work
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