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Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “If I am charged by campus police could I still face jail time or probation?”
Groping, or touching someone’s body for sexual pleasure against that person’s will is considered a crime in North Carolina. Groping is a form of sexual battery, which is treated as a serious offense and carries long-term consequences for the offender.
Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question: “What are the long term effects of being convicted of a crime?”
The chairperson of Charlotte’s police review board has been charged with sexually assaulting two victims for more than two decades. Henry Black Jr., 49, is the chairperson of the city’s Citizens Review Board. Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board hears appeals by citizens on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) disciplinary decisions after police misconduct allegations. Black was appointed to the board five years ago, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte Criminal Lawyer Brad Smith answers the question:”What is an expungement?”
We have previously discussed a new law that takes effect in North Carolina on December 1, 2017. The measure deals with expungements and aims to streamline the process, making everything easier and faster for those looking to clean their record. Though we have discussed the existence of the new law and what it hopes to achieve, we have not yet spent time delving into details about the kinds of crimes that are eligible under the new expungement law. For more information about that, keep reading.
J. Bradley Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question “Should I talk to the police?”
As the end of the year approaches, so does the deadline for implementing various new laws. Tradition in North Carolina dictates that new laws go into effect later in the year, giving law enforcement agencies time to prepare for the new measures and adjust any policies or procedures accordingly. December 1 is a popular date for the new laws, and this year is no exception. A number of new laws begin tomorrow, including several that create new crimes or enhance penalties for existing crimes. To find out more about what some of these new measures are, keep reading.
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.