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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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Feds Conduct Drug Sweeps of North Carolina Tribal Lands

By Dysart Willis |

On September 27, federal and state officers arrested 76 people on drug trafficking charges on western North Carolina tribal land. In an undercover operation that began weeks ago, the officers served arrest warrants on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ reservation and in nearby communities, reportedly seizing 250 pounds of heroin, methamphetamines, and other… Read More »

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Types of Fraud in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

The term “fraud” is tossed around on the news frequently. Most people associate fraud with stealing or otherwise misinforming/withholding information from another to obtain a desired result. Fraud is a complex and difficult area of the law. There are many different actions or offenses that fall under the category of fraud and they each… Read More »

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Search Warrant Needed to Track Cell Phones

By Dysart Willis |

Advancements in technology usually outpace law enforcement efforts to use those advancements to further cases and track down suspects. One such advancement and issue is cell phone tracking technology. From the “Find my iPhone” feature of Apple products to third party tracking capabilities to location tracking from cell phone towers, there has been a… Read More »

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North Carolinians Arrested For Immigration & Voting Crimes As We Get Closer To November Elections

By Dysart Willis |

It seems that, every day, we hear news of the current administration blurring the lines between criminal prosecution and immigration policies, and this seems to be ever more apparent as we get closer and closer to the November elections here in North Carolina and throughout the country. For example, recently, more than a dozen… Read More »

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Are Breathalyzer Tests Accurate?

By Dysart Willis |

When most people think about having to take a “breathalyzer” test, they think of someone being pulled over because the police suspect that they are driving while impaired (DWI) with alcohol. The test administered at the side of the road is just one of the many field sobriety tests at law enforcement’s disposal. A… Read More »

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What to Do After Being Stopped for a DWI

By Dysart Willis |

The sudden flashing of red, white, and blue lights in your rear view mirror can be terrifying. You may know that you have committed some type of traffic infraction, or may be unsure of what the police officer behind you thinks you are doing wrong. Either way, being stopped by the police can be… Read More »

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