The law is a complex system that is hard to follow and interpret for those who haven't studied it. You may hear legal terms and jargon simply by watching the news or crime TV shows, but what do these terms actually mean?
Certain theft crimes in North Carolina sometimes fall under the realm of federal crimes. This means that they may have long-lasting consequences. Because of this, it is important that when it comes to allegations of a theft crime, one understands the defense arguments that potentially can be made.
Being charged with a federal crime in North Carolina is different than being charged with a state felony or with misdemeanor charges. Cases tend to move through federal court relatively quickly. In addition, pretrial motions and discovery of evidence can be different for a federal case compared to a non-federal one. Our firm has experience with federal cases, including identifying relevant government agencies and obtaining the evidence needed to prove our client's case.
While collar crimes are one of the classes of crimes for which a person could possibly end up facing federal prosecution.
A North Carolina man accused of tax evasion could end up spending multiple years in prison.
Recently, a North Carolina man was given his sentence in a federal mortgage fraud case.
As adults, we often catch ourselves lending advice to our children or the young people in our lives. Sometimes, this advice comes from a place of personal experience. Adages such as, "do as I say, not as I do" or "learn from my mistakes," are offered to young people in order to teach them how to live an honest life.
Sometimes a group of state charges with federal jurisdictional implications will be 'adopted' by federal authorities and taken forward by way of a federal indictment. That's probably bad news for a North Carolina man who is now in state custody on a number of pharmacy drug robberies that occurred in North Carolina and a neighboring state. When the allegations are turned into federal drug charges, he'll likely face a much more substantial sentence under the onerous federal sentencing guidelines.
Fundamentalist Muslims who espouse violent jihad come from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They also seem to exist virtually everywhere. The last point is highlighted by a recent arrest made by federal authorities of a North Carolina man from Fayetteville on federal charges of having a stolen firearm.
Sometimes a court issues a decision that makes innocent certain actions that once were thought to be criminal. This brings up a problem for those who were convicted and went to prison for something now recognized as crime-free. Usually, if the prosecutor in a case requests a reversal of the conviction, the prisoner will be freed. In North Carolina recently, there were at least two instances of federal judges balking at federal prosecutors' requests to free prisoners wrongly convicted of committing a federal crime.