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July 2013 Archives

Eyewitness Accounts Shouldn't Be Taken As Absolute Truth

Researchers studying the validity of recounted memories have discovered something that many criminal defense lawyers have known for quite some time, "Memories can be unreliable." According to the researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), relying on witness accounts of alleged activity in the criminal context can be particularly troublesome.

Charlotte Company Facing Federal Fraud Charges

Money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the federal government are just two of the charges that a local Charlotte company is facing after a grand jury voted to indict Boggs Paving in a government contracting fraud scheme. Over the last 10 years, Boggs has won as much as $88 million in federal contracts, based in part on its assertions that it regularly does business with or subcontracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).

Meth Troubles Continue To Follow Trawick

Last year, David Trawick was arrested for cooking meth near his Marshville home. This year, Trawick is in jail again, along with his wife and two other women after sheriff's deputies reportedly uncovered another meth cooking operation, this time inside Trawick's home. Trawick is the less famous, but possibly more infamous, brother of country singer Randy Travis.

Green Seeks Review Of Blood Evidence In 1993 Murder Case

Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Michael Jordan's father, James Jordan, in 1993, still maintains that he was falsely accused and wrongly convicted of the man's death. Green has renewed his quest for a new trial or dismissal of his murder and armed robbery convictions with a request to the State Bureau of Investigation for information about blood tests related to his case.

I Got A DWI. Do I Need A Lawyer?

Even if it is your first drunk driving charge, you should at the very least talk to a lawyer about your options; many DWI attorneys offer a free initial consultation. In addition to advising you of the potential DWI penalties that you may face, an experienced impaired driving lawyer can work on getting the case against you dismissed, the charges against you reduced, negotiate a reasonable plea or fight for an acquittal at trial, depending on the circumstances of your case.

Charges Dropped Against Woman Who Claimed To Hire A Hitman

According to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, Deanna Pruitt had contacted one of their police informants, inquiring about hiring the person to kill an acquaintance of hers. Pruitt allegedly offered to pay the hitman for the killing.

4th Of July Stops Net 1,700 NC DWI Charges

North Carolina law enforcement is calling Operation Firecracker a success, reporting that 1,737 people were arrested and charged with drunk driving between June 28 and July 7 as part of the holiday crackdown on impaired driving. Just under one-third of the impaired driving arrests were made by seven statewide task forces, whose job is to take impaired drivers off North Carolina roadways.

Cary Coach Caught In Online Chat Room For Minors

After a perfect season at the helm of the Green Hope women's soccer team that culminated in a state championship, former coach Robert Peterson is facing another battle, this time criminal. He was charged with third degree sexual exploitation of a minor after being caught in an internet sex crimes sting run by local law enforcement.

Teen Convicted Of Two Felony Sex Offenses

A conviction on a second degree rape charge and a second degree sex offense charge means that an 18 year old from Hickory will spend at least the next four years in prison. Mikal Gray was sentenced to spend up to the next 74 months in prison, but officials estimate that it is likely he will serve closer to 51 before he is released.

Tax Fraud Charges Greet Local Champ In Rocky Mount

A small business owner from Rocky Mount is the target of a federal tax fraud investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Larry Hill Jr. of Hill's Tax Service of filing "false, fictitious and fraudulent refunds" on behalf of customers of the tax business as well as in his personal tax filings. In total, the US DOJ asserts that Hill filed for $14.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

Does A Statutory Rape Charge Mean Prison Time?

The first thing that we need to get straight here is that a charge alone of statutory rape or other sex offense will not land you in prison. You may be in jail for a short time until bond is posted, but a charge is not the same as a conviction, so the easy answer is no, a statutory rape charge does not mean a prison sentence.

NC Teen Continues To Have Trouble With Drug Charges

Three spent shells in the front yard and at least one call reporting gun shots fired led to the third arrest of a North Carolina teen this week. Eighteen-year-old Brandon Rumple of Kannapolis now faces is third drug crimes case; two are still pending.

Charlotte Man Accused Of Stat Rape, Taking Indecent Liberties

After meeting a 14-year-old girl at ImaginOn in Charlotte, a 40-year-old North Carolina man reportedly lured her to a nearby hotel room with promises of alcohol and is now facing statutory rape and indecent liberties charges, two counts of each sex offense. According to police, Stephen Ward also photographed his encounter with the teenage girl and admitted to snapping at least 15 photos that were sexual in nature of the young female.

UNC Accused Of Being Soft On Sex Crimes

A recent report in Business Insider calls out colleges and universities across the country for underreporting and mishandling sex crimes that happen on campus. The University of North Carolina was specifically mentioned for the piece calls its "protect[ion] of rapists."

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