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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Standing Your Ground in North Carolina

North Carolina is one of 24 states with a statute known as the Stand Your Ground law, under which people who reasonably believe they need to defend themselves against imminent unlawful force may retaliate with deadly force. Stand Your Ground laws have recently come under fire in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict in… Read More »

Murder in North Carolina — Prison or Death Penalty?

This past May, two men and a woman were arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 30-year-old mother who had recently moved to Raleigh to take a job as a bank manager. The victim’s lifeless body was found in her bed in the early morning by a construction worker after her… Read More »

World Series of Poker Champion Arrested for Soliciting Prostitute in Wake Forest

In March, World Series of Poker champion Greg Raymer was charged with soliciting a male prostitute. Raymer was one of six men arrested in a police prostitution sting at a Wake Forest hotel. Local police said the men responded to an advertisement posted by an undercover police officer on a website commonly used to promote… Read More »

Police Respond to Assault in Alexander County

In November, Alexander County police responded to a late-night 911 call. When they arrived at the location, they found a victim with several laceration wounds that he had suffered during an apparent assault. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte for emergency care. Shortly afterward, police arrested the suspect at his home and… Read More »

Larceny — The Different Kinds of Theft in North Carolina

In October, a North Carolina man was sentenced to three years in a Tennessee prison following his shoplifting spree there and in three other states. Approximately $15,000 worth of items were found in his car at the time of his arrest and identified as stolen goods shoplifted from Walmart stores in Virginia, South Carolina and… Read More »

Grand Theft Auto — It’s Not Just a Game

This September, a New Jersey woman living in North Carolina was arrested after she attacked a police officer and stole his cruiser. The officer responded to a call about a woman lurking in a Fayetteville church parking lot. When he arrived, she lunged at him with a hammer and scissors. The officer tasered her, but… Read More »

Sometimes You Should Leave Home Without It

In October, Hall of Fame center and NBA legend Bill Russell was arrested  after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials in Seattle found a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage. The arrest took place as Russell attempted to pass through airport security. Following the arrest, Russell was cited for having a weapon in a prohibited area,… Read More »

Highway Racing Is Illegal

In March, a driver killed two Fort Bragg soldiers after he crashed into another car while racing on a Fayetteville street. Fayetteville police said that the driver was racing a 2004 Pontiac when he crossed the center line, causing the fatal accident and injuring two additional people. The driver was charged with two counts of… Read More »

Kidnapping Is Severely Punished in North Carolina

A Wilmington man, dissatisfied with his pay from his landscaping job, broke into his employer’s vehicle, took the keys and a shovel and attacked his employer with that shovel. The shovel broke, and the enraged employee threatened to kill his employer with the broken end. The suspect then forced his employer to go to a… Read More »

When Is Killing Manslaughter Instead of Murder?

North Carolina resident and former football star Jonathan Ferrell was involved in a solo traffic accident last September and sought help at a nearby residence. The female resident called 911 and reported a break-in attempt when she didn’t recognize the man pounding on her door at 2:30 a.m. Police responded to the residence and were… Read More »