You got a phone call from a friend asking you to post bail. Your friend might have begged and pleaded for you to do this. Before you agree to put up money to get your friend out of jail, you have to understand some facts about bails and bonds so that you understand exactly what you are agreeing to do.
North Carolina A & T State Homecoming is always a big extravaganza. Old friends converge on Greensboro to hobnob and play catch up. Lots of partying goes on, of course.
On May 10, 2016, the North Carolina Court of Appeals threw out the Durham conviction of Michael Bullock, saying that the traffic stop that lead to his conviction was unlawfully extended.
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is supposed to provide every citizen a reasonable expectation of privacy. The problem is that since 1791, when it was ratified, the Courts seem to be shaving off the rights to the benefit of the State.
The decision whether to plead or try a case is an important one. Aside from the practical implications of whether to accept a plea that results in a conviction, or a trial that offers the possibility of either exoneration or a conviction, there is the fact that a trial implicates important constitutional rights.
Lately, there has been a lot about the cycle of poverty and criminal justice system, and this systemic problem manifests itself in Greensboro, a challenge to attorneys and clients both. To help narrow down the information out there, a proposed reference list: