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U.S. Supreme Court Limits Police Powers to Seize Private Property & Criminalizing Individuals without a Conviction

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

On February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court placed significant restrictions on the ability for law enforcement and prosecutors to seize property they seem to be in connection with crimes in a practice known as civil forfeiture. The practice has come under significant scrutiny as exposes have noted law enforcement agencies seizing significant assets under… Read More »

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North Carolina Proposes Placing GPS Monitors On Domestic Violence Offenders Who Have Already Served Their Time

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

A new bill known as “Allison’s Law” introduced in North Carolina proposes to track domestic violence offenders using GPS devices. As a result, it has a number of civil rights and criminal defense advocates concerned that it goes too far in violating the rights of criminal defendants in North Carolina who have already served… Read More »

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It May Soon Be a Crime to Hold a Wireless Device While Driving In North Carolina

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

It may soon be a crime to drive while using a hand-held communication device in North Carolina. State lawmakers discussed the new legislation, known as “Hands Free NC Act,” on February 27, and the bill imposes fines and insurance points onto drivers who are convicted of talking on their cell phones while driving; amongst… Read More »

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Victims of Drug Overdose May Soon Receive Immunity from Criminal Charges in North Carolina

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

A bill that is currently moving through the North Carolina legislature would broaden the state Good Samaritan law to protect drug users who are victims of overdoses from being arrested and charged. According to health professionals in Franklin and Vance Counties, a number of overdose victims are currently being arrested by law enforcement, which… Read More »

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Newly Proposed Law Would Change Sexual Assault Charges in North Carolina

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

According to the Carolina Public Press, less than 25 percent of defendants charged with sexual assault here in North Carolina are actually convicted. In fact, more than 30 percent of all North Carolina counties haven’t had a single conviction in over four years, and for a number of individuals accused of sexual assault, it… Read More »

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North Carolina Legislators Introduce Bill to Decriminalize Medical Marijuana

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While North Carolina legislators have previously discussed legalizing medical marijuana throughout the state, in late March, they took steps towards making this a reality by filing House Bill 401 – the Medical Cannabis Act. The bill protects patients who have debilitating medical conditions from arrest and prosecution by providing them with registry identification cards… Read More »

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Crackdown on Arrests in North Carolina for Immigration-Related Crimes

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

A crackdown on prosecuting North Carolina residents for immigration-related crimes has significantly escalated of late, as more than 200 people were arrested in ICE raids across the state in February and federal criminal prosecutions were initiated against others charged with illegally voting in the state. Hundreds Arrested In February ICE Raids across North Carolina… Read More »

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Our Immigration Law “Wish List” For the New Congress

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

There is no question that immigration legal issues are becoming more and more complex and political—now more than ever. As attorneys who regularly help individuals and families address their immigration legal needs, there are a number of ways that the new Congress could change the laws to improve our immigration system—a kind of “wish… Read More »

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Another North Carolina Man Wrongfully Convicted Highlights Problems with Eyewitness Identification System

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In late January, yet another man who was wrongfully convicted in North Carolina was released after being incarcerated for 11 years for armed robbery. The release was one of the latest results of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, which has conducted a number of investigations that have resulted in 11 people being exonerated… Read More »

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North Carolina Sheriff Decides to End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles, Leading to Reexamination of Human Rights Violations In Criminal System

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In a move that shocked the North Carolina criminal justice community, in January, Mecklenburg County sheriff McFadden announced that the county jail would no longer permit placing 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement because it “strip[s] teens of their dignity” and interferes with the relationships between detention officers and the inmates. According to reports,… Read More »

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