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Court rules that Cell Phone Searches should be compartmentalized by data type

Posted by Sean Cecil | Jan 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

Cell phone searches are increasingly common, and incredibly intrusive. This brief article explores a recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision ruling a search warrant for a cell phone was unconstitutionally broad because it did not limit the search to the type of data that would be responsive to the probable cause described the search warrant allowing the search.

North Carolina Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Posted by Sean Cecil | Jan 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is illegal in North Carolina under both state and federal law. Depending on the defendant's criminal history and whether they are prosecuted in state or federal courts, the penalties can be extremely serious, and competent counsel should be retained.

North Carolina Resist, Delay, or Obstruct Charges

Posted by Sean Cecil | Jan 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

Resist, Delay, or Obstruct charges in North Carolina can be frustrating to defend. Commonly known as "contempt of cop" charges, I have heard them accurately described as "no crime occurred until the police showed up." Having experienced legal counsel can positively affect the outcome of your case!

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 | 6 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...

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