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Articles Tagged with Mecklenburg Criminal Defense Attorney

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.

Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “Can I be arrested without evidence against me?”

The term “riot” is a sensitive one in many cities across the nation these days, including in the Queen City. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested at least 72 people over the six (6) days of protests and riots that occurred after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott last month.

Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “Should I talk to the police?”

There’s been a recent push by legislatures in some states to pass what are known as “Blue Lives Matter” laws. This broad category refers to measures intended to stiffen penalties faced by offenders who perpetrate crimes against police officers. Supporters say the laws are necessary to send the message that police officers are worthy of respect and deserve special protection. Critics argue these laws are unnecessary, as violence against police officers is already punished and, in many cases, serves as an aggravating factor when weighing punishment for various crimes.

J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Should I talk to the police?”

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, has yet again put forward a plan that would require the state’s family court system (those responsible for handling juvenile crime) to raise its age of jurisdiction from 16 to 18. Sadly, many believe that the proposal to increase the age of criminal responsibility will fail yet again. If so, it will mean that New York and North Carolina continue to be the only two states in the country where offenders under the age of 18 can be tried as an adult and, if convicted, locked up in adult prisons.

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