Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Wonders Why are Mistakes Made By Police, Courts and Prosecutors Remain Secret to the Public

As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I know that the justice system is not flawless. Actually far from it.

Police can (and often do) make serious mistakes during an investigation. Analysts and clerks may accidentally mishandle (or completely lose) valuable evidence. In addition, prosecuting attorneys and judges might unintentionally overlook important details during a trial. While their missteps can be understood as human error, they can come at great human cost – like wrongful convictions.

Take the case of Joseph Sledge, an innocent man convicted of double murder in 1978. He was exonerated in 2015 partly because evidence that would have cleared his name was rediscovered. A county clerk recently found it misplaced on the top shelf in an evidence room; it had been deemed missing for over 30 years. Read more from this blog:

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Can You be Charged with Murder for Selling an Illegal Substance? Raleigh Drug Defense Lawyer Weighs in

In July 2017, Amanda Katherine McLeod was indicted in Raleigh on a charge of second-degree murder. Three months earlier, she had sold the powerful and deadly drug, fentanyl, to a woman named Emily Renzo. On the same day, Renzo was found dead due to an overdose of fentanyl mixed with heroin.

McLeod was placed in police custody in May, when officials arrested her on grounds she had been maintaining a dwelling to keep or sell drugs. It wasn't her first brush with the law – she had been previously convicted in 2013 for drug-related charges but was granted probation.

While she was a convicted felon, did she really deserve to be charged with Renzo's murder? Read more from this blog:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Raleigh DWI Attorney Considers New Laws to Curb Use of Cell Phones While Driving

It seems that the use of your cell phone while driving may become the next big thing that you'll need a DWI attorney to defend you in court.

That, at least, is the scenario you would face in Washington state, where a new "E-DUI" law was recently passed. It prohibits the use of any electronic device while driving, even while a driver has stopped in traffic or at a traffic light. The first citation would come with a $136 fine, and a second citation within five years would cost $236.

Washington was the 14th state to mandate drivers to put down their phones, and it seems they might not be the last. A law on "driving under the influence of electronics" is under consideration in Massachusetts, and in Idaho there is support for legislation similar to Washington's. Read more from this blog:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Family Law Attorney Shares Six Tips on Talking to Children About Divorce

As an experienced family law attorney, I know how to handle a divorce and all the sensitive negotiations that come with it. But over years of experience, I've come to understand something more important: how difficult it can all be on a client’s children.

The family law attorneys at Kurtz & Blum care about the welfare of your children as much as the outcome of battles on child custody and support. This is why we are sharing six tips on how parents can talk to children about divorce. Such advice may help nurture a parent's relationship with their children – even when a marriage is truly over. Read more from this blog:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Raleigh Sex Offense Attorney Shares Concerns Over New Law that Could Convict Teens for Sexting

Sexting, or sending sexually-explicit text messages, may seem exciting for many teenagers even though most are unaware of the potential consequences.

Recently, the House of Representatives passed a new bill that adds major new stipulations to the current law on sex-related crimes. As far as the laws on child pornography are concerned, sending, trading and now even requesting images of underage teens is considered a serious crime.

According to the bill, the main purpose is to crack down on the distribution of child pornography. Questions on the merit of the bill, however, arise from the fact that most people who do engage in this practice are not your typical child pornography enthusiasts. Read more from this blog.