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Congress Passing Criminal Justice Reform Bill Would Permanently Change Mandatory Minimum Sentencing for Drug Crimes

By Dysart Willis |

Current legislation that’s been passed by the House and could come before the Senate any day now—known as the “First Step Act”—could finally introduce some fairness into criminal justice reform, especially when it comes to sentencing related to certain drug crimes. In addition to easing sentences for nonviolent crimes, it also calls for a… Read More »

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Department of Homeland Security Expands List of Immigrants Who Could Become Public Charges, Making It More Difficult to Obtain Admission or Permanent Residency

By Dysart Willis |

In mid-December, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued significant proposed changes regarding what qualifies as a “public charge” within immigration rules. In other words, the agency has changed the process by which it determines who is likely to rely on government benefits for support, which will inevitably affect (increase) how many people are… Read More »

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Legislation Expanding Domestic Violence Crimes Signed Into Law

By Dysart Willis |

In late December, legislation broadening what is considered to be a domestic violence crime under the federal criminal code was signed into law in order to increase protections for victims of domestic violence and their pets. The “PAWS” Act not only makes adjustments to key definitions within the federal criminal code, but also establishes… Read More »

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حول القانون الفيدرالي لقيادة السيارة تحت تأثير الكحول

By Dysart Willis |

بالنيابة عن جو هوتشين، قامت شركة المحاماة Dysart Willis (ديزرت ويلز) بالدفاع في قضية قيادة السيارة تحت تأثير الكحول يوم الإثنين الموافق 15 أكتوبر عام 2018. يتوجب على المقيمين في ولاية كارولينا الشمالية ومن يقوم بزيارتها أن يكون على علم ودراية بأنه في بعض الحالات، ستتم معاملة قضايا القيادة تحت تأثير الخمور كجريمة تُمثل… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear an Important Case on Criminal Defendant’s Rights in Plea Bargain Appeals

By Dysart Willis |

Guilty pleas play an increasingly large role in our criminal justice system. In fact, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, 97 percent of federal and 94 percent of state prosecutions today end in plea bargains. As a result, there is an increasing number of appeals from guilty pleas and, consequently, an increasing number of… Read More »

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What Is Considered A “Hate Crime” In North Carolina?

By Dysart Willis |

We see news stories covering potential “hate crimes” all the time, some of them involving very serious, egregious crimes, but what constitutes a hate crime, exactly? According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a hate crime is one that is motivated by biases based on disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion, or… Read More »

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Prosecution of North Carolina Mother Who Lost Her Son in Hurricane Raises a Number of Criminal Justice & Civil Rights Concerns

By Dysart Willis |

North Carolina’s recent decision to criminally charge a mother whose child drowned during Hurricane Florence has drawn a number of concerns from criminal defense and civil rights experts, and with good reason. The defendant (who is African-American) was charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed or unopened highway, and faces a manslaughter… Read More »

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November Elections Bring Important Changes to Criminal Justice & Immigration Issues in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

November 6 brought a number of important changes around the country when it comes to civil rights and criminal justice issues, and North Carolina was no exception, as we discuss below: Civil Rights & Criminal Justice Advocate Elected to North Carolina Supreme Court In November, Anita Earls—founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice… Read More »

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Famous Author Indicates That Death Row Inmates in North Carolina Did Not Receive a Fair Trial

By Dysart Willis |

The News Observer published an interesting op-ed written by famous author John Grisham on October 11, 2018 concerning serious issues with our criminal defense system here in North Carolina; not just when it comes to sentencing, but when it comes to the most serious penalty available: the death penalty. According to Grisham, there are… Read More »

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Valuable Foreign Nationals Here On Temporary Visas Threatened

By Dysart Willis |

According to ABC News reports, the administration’s immigration policies are now interfering with a decade-old program—the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program—that has allowed people with critical language or medical skills to join the military and become U.S. citizens. In fact, not only are they hindering the program, but, in some… Read More »

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