DWI Evidence Suppressed for Bad Traffic Stop

Posted by Sean Cecil | May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

A traffic stop based upon an anonymous tip must be supported by law enforcement observations that confirm its reliability. The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently ruled that DWI evidence discovered after a traffic stop based upon an anonymous tip must be suppressed because no such corroborating observations were made.

North Carolina's Speedy Trial

Posted by Sean Cecil | Feb 20, 2018 | 4 Comments

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently reviewed the factors for consideration of a North Carolina criminal defendant's assertion that his right to a speedy trial was violated. This article reviews the factors Courts should consider in ruling upon speedy trial motions.

Embezzlement in North Carolina

Posted by Sean Cecil | Feb 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

Employee embezzlements are fairly common charges in North Carolina state courts, and do not always involve large amount of money or "white collar" criminals. This brief article explores the elements of an employee embezzlement as well as the consequences of a conviction.

Sexual Abuse is, Among Other Things, a Personal Injury

Posted by Sean Cecil | Nov 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The news lately is full of women coming forward to explain that they have been the victim of sexual abuse. Largely involving prominent men in positions of power enabling them to intimidate, coerce, or cover up their actions, these high profile stories have emerged in a variety of contexts often i...

NC Court of Appeals re-affirms Protection of Privacy in a Home's "Curtilage" and Suppresses Marijuana

Posted by Sean Cecil | Apr 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Review of two recent North Carolina Appellate decisions, one regarding insufficient evidence to convict the accused of constructive possession and one about suppression of marijuana evidence discovered through a violation of the accused's 4th Amendment right to be free of warrantless searches in the absence of probable cause AND exigent circumstances.

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