Articles Posted in Sex Crimes/Rape

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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “Should I ever plead guilty to a charge?”

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear North Carolina’s law that bans registered sex offenders from using or even accessing any social media that allows those under 18 to post, which includes Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and more.

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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?”

Donald Trump has been all over newspapers and cable news in recent weeks and, though he generally loves media attention, he’d probably prefer it if he weren’t. A leaked tape of lewd conversations with a former entertainment news anchor spiraled into more serious accusations concerning unwanted sexual contact with more than 10 different women over the past several decades. The women say they were prompted to come forward with their accounts after Trump denied ever having acted on his comments.

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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “The person that called the police doesn’t want to press charges, can I still be prosecuted?”

In Texas, it is legal to have sex with someone as young as 17 years old. This was not where Aldo Leiva, 51, ran afoul of the law when he began a consensual sexual relationship with one of the students he tutored in math.

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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “I was found not guilty of a charge, buy my record still shows the charge. What is going on?”

Anyone who has been in the dating pool recently has likely noticed a change from years past. Where previously, you might have to wait to be introduced to someone by a mutual friend or happen upon a stranger in a bar, today, things move much more quickly. Technology has impacted our romantic lives to the same extent it has many other facets and dating/hook-up apps can lead to some troubling consequences, even occasionally, with criminal impact.

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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “The person that called the police doesn’t want to press charges, can I still be prosecuted?”

A 38-year-old former high school teacher being prosecuted for sexual contact with a student is being slammed by the district attorney on his case for having just married the alleged victim.

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J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Can I be arrested without evidence against me?”

In 2008, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law making it a criminal offense for anyone previously convicted of a sexual offense to access a commercial social networking site that permits children to become members or to maintain personal web pages on the site.

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J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?”

The Chinese government is in the midst of revising and reissuing various criminal statutes. The changes are wide-ranging and impact dozens of categories of crimes, leading to a sweeping overhaul of criminal laws in the most populous country on earth. One of those categories being overhauled concerns sexual offenses and, more specifically, the definition of rape.

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Charlotte DWI Lawyer Brad Smith answers : I was found not guilty of a charge, but my record still shows the charge

Two North Carolina teens have reached deals with prosecutors and are now able to move on with their lives, avoiding jail time and registration as sex offenders. Their cases illustrate the serious harm that can come from sexting as a minor. Their cases also reveal inconsistencies in North Carolina’s laws that may occasionally cause more harm than good.

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Charlotte DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Can the police search my car without a warrant?”

A North Carolina teenager faces felony sex crime charges after police discovered sexually explicit photographs of a sixteen-year-old girl on his cell phone. Cormega Copening is a seventeen-year-old high school student at Jack Britt High School. Copening was playing quarterback on the football team before being forced to sit out because of the felony investigation. The Fayetteville youth was arrested and charged with violating state law prohibiting the transfer of “sexually explicit” photographs of minors when police discovered nude photographs of Copening and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend on his phone. Police found the photographs by asking his mother, who pays the bill, if she would permit a search of the cell phone so the police might look for any possible evidence in a separate investigation of statutory rape. Copening was not a suspect in that investigation. During the search, the police discovered the nude photos of Copening and his then girlfriend.