In order to help reduce the local spread of COVID-19 my office will be closed to the public on March 23, 2020 for the next 14 days. I am still avalibale by telephone at 252-442-0348, by fax at 252-557-2356, by email at [email protected] and by text at 252-220-2990. 

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​​Collateral Consequences

​If you or anyone you know has ever been convicted of a crime you know that the punishment doesn't end when a person is released from prison or once the person completes thier probataion. Applying for a job, seeking to rent a house or an appartment or applying for a business license can all be very difficult for a person with a criminal record.

​These extra judicial effects of going to court are not something that a lot of people think about until after they have left the court room and they are faced with living life as a second class citizen because of a criminal record.

​North Carolina Law allows for several ways for a person with a criminal record to seek relief to make applying for employment or housing easier.

​Certificates of Relief and Expunctions are avaliable for people that meet certain requirements.

The first step to determine if you qualify for this type of relief is to obtain a certified copy of your criminal record from the County that your conviction is from.

The following links are to the statues that apply to Certificates of Relief and Expunctions in North Carolina.

​Feel free to call our office to discuss your options.

A positive result in Martin County, NC.

I was proud to serve as defense counsel for the lead defendant in this case that we resolved in Martin County earlier this year. It was a bad situtaion that could have resulted in my client serving over 50 years in prison. We were able to resolve it in a way that involved him being placed on probataion for 2 years and all of the affected indivduals were paid restitution. The restitution that my office helped produce was one of the largest recoveries in the history of the North Carolina Department of Insurance.
​​​​Raise the Age

​In North Carolina a person has to be 18 years of age in order to purchase tobacco products and 21 years of age in order to purchase alcohol. However at 16 yeasr of age a person can be charged with a crime and prosecuted in the adult criminal system as opposed to the juvenile court system. We are the only state in the County to take this approach.

​The North Carolina House of Representatives has taken the first step to fix this problem with the passage of HB 280.

This bill moves individuals charged with a misdemeanor or a class F,G, H or I felony to the juvenile court. The Court still has the option of transfering class F,G,H and I felonies to the adult system on motion of one of the parties.

The bill still has to be reviewed by the North Carolina Senate where it will no doubt under go some changes. It will also have to go through the budget process as adding more individuals to the  juvenile court system will mean that the Department of Public safety will have to hire and train more juvinile court counselors through the state.

​This is a good first step. You can read the text of HB 280 as passed by the house here.

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HB 280
Certificate of relief