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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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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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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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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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Car Thefts on the Rise in North Carolina

By Dysart Willis |

The number of vehicle thefts in North Carolina has risen for the first time after being on a steady decline for the past 10 years, according to CBS 17. The number of vehicles stolen increased by 4,000 from 2015 to 2016. The last time the number of thefts increased was in 2006. No one… Read More »

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