Case Results

State Criminal Cases

Violent Crimes

State v. C.G.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Assault on a female
Outcome: All charges dismissed
Description: Our client was accused of assaulting his ex-wife in front of their minor son, while driving down the road. After an investigation, we found that our client was the one who was actually assaulted, but police failed to arrest and charge the ex-wife. Once in court, we were able to show that she has a long history of not only making false claims such as the one in this case, but also of taking retaliatory measures against our client, including fleeing the State with their son because he would not give her money. Once faced with this information, which destroyed the ex-wife's credibility, the State opted to dismiss the case against our client.

State v. G.B.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Assault on a female and domestic violence protective order (DVPO)
Outcome: Both the charge and the order dismissed
Description: Our client was charged with assault on a female and served with a complaint for a domestic violence protective order as a result of the alleged assault. In the complaint, the State's witness alleged that our client, during the course of an argument, pushed her to the ground and began kicking. She then alleged that after she was able to get up, our client then began pulling her hair and choking her. She further alleged that all of the above took place in front of their infant child.

State v. A.G.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Assault
Outcome: Not guilty
Description: The client was charged with assaulting an acquaintance several times at her home. The prosecution presented an eyewitness and other witnesses on the alleged victim's behalf.

State v. J.H.

Practice area: Criminal defense (violent crime)
Charge(s): Assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun, communicating threats
Outcome: All charges dismissed
Description: The client was charged with assault on a female, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats after a domestic dispute with his live-in girlfriend.

State v. T.C.

Practice area: Criminal defense (violent crime)
Charge(s): Assault on a female and child abuse
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: The client allegedly assaulted his teenage daughter after a heated verbal exchange. The state had photographs, taken the night of the incident, to show the injuries to the alleged victim's face.

State v. B.R.

Practice area: Criminal defense (violent crime)
Charge(s): Assault
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: The client was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with her brother. When police arrived, they discovered the brother to have suffered bodily injury, including his earrings being ripped out of his ears.

State v. L.M.

Practice area: Criminal defense (violent crime)
Charge(s): Assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property, hit and run
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: The client allegedly struck the victim with her car. Witnesses told police that the client came to the victim's place of business, hit the victim with her car and in the process of leaving smashed into a motorcycle and another car. Both the motorcycle and the car sustained damage.

State v. D.P.

Practice area: Criminal defense (violent crime)
Charge(s): Assault with a deadly weapon
Outcome: Probation
Description: Client was accused of stabbing her husband with a knife. Through negotiations with the district attorney, we were able to get the client a plea offer that carried a probationary sentence and avoid prison.

Drug Crimes

State v. C.C.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Drug possession
Outcome: All charges dismissed
Description: Our client was attempting to return home from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Las Vegas, Nevada. While going through the TSA checkpoint at the airport, he was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash and prescription pills. After explaining to the prosecutor that our client was a professional poker player, which would explain the cash, and that the pills were his father's prescription pills that were placed in the incorrect bottle, the state opted to dismiss the charges.

State v. P.W.

Practice area: Criminal defense (drugs)
Charge(s): 14 counts of drug-related charges, including trafficking, sale, delivery, possession and possession with the intent to sell/deliver heroin/opium
Outcome: The client pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted trafficking, which disposed of all minimum mandatory sentences and mandatory fines estimated at over $200,000. The client was sentenced to 30 months with a voluntary surrender at a later date and possibility of work release.
Description: After a confidential informant purchased narcotics on two occasions from the client, on video, the client was charged with 14 drug charges. Four were trafficking charges, which carry a mandatory prison term in North Carolina. In all, the client was facing a mandatory minimum of 300 months and a potential term of over 400 months in prison.

State v. D.E.

Practice area: Criminal defense (drug offense)
Charge(s): Four felony drug charges and two misdemeanor drug charges related to the sale of marijuana
Outcome: Deferred prosecution
Description: The client was arrested after selling a large quantity of marijuana to a confidential informant who was working for local police. A search of the client resulted in several additional drug-related charges. After all was said and done, the client was facing four felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, all related to drug possession.

State v. M.D.

Practice area: Criminal defense (drugs)
Charge(s): Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia
Potential sentence: Five months
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Client was accused of possession of marijuana and a pipe in a college dorm room.

State v. L.B.

Practice area: Criminal defense (drugs)
Charge(s): Sale of cocaine
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Client was charged with numerous sales of crack cocaine to an informant and undercover law enforcement officers. All of the transactions were recorded on video. The state was forced to dismiss the charges when the defense discovered that the police had destroyed the evidence.

Sex Crimes

State v. C.R.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge: Indecent Liberties with a minor
Outcome: Plead to Assault on a Child
Description: Our Client was accused of inappropriate touching of a minor child. He was facing a potential prison sentence and having to register as a sexual offender for 30 years. After having the case set for trial, we were able to negotiate a plea bargain that allowed the client to avoid having a felony conviction and the sex offender registration.

State v. V.L.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Rape allegations
Outcome: State declined to prosecute
Description: Client was contacted by a detective who told him he was being accused of raping a young woman. Client contacted our office and after interviewing key witnesses and witnesses not interviewed by the investigating detective, it was discovered that the alleged victim fabricated the rape allegations.

State v. J.H.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Sexual battery
Outcome: Sexual battery dismissed, deferred prosecution on simple assault
Description: Our client was accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker after a long night out drinking. Our client and the woman returned to the home where the client was housesitting. After having another drink, one thing led to another and our client attempted to kiss the woman. After being told "no," our client did not take things further and the woman left. Almost three years later, prior to the statute of limitations tolling, she filed sexual battery charges against the client, which would have required him to register as a sex offender if he were convicted. After speaking with witnesses, gathering stories that conflicted with her allegations and presenting those to the prosecutor, the state offered to dismiss the charge of sexual battery and permit our client to do a deferred prosecution on a charge of simple assault. If he complies, that charge, too, will be dismissed.

State v. R.W.

Practice area: Criminal defense (sex offense)
Charge(s): Criminal investigation for rape and child sex offense
Outcome: State declined prosecution
Description: Our client's wife accused him of raping her on a weekly basis over the course of six months and sexually assaulting their toddler daughter. After a proactive investigation and numerous witness interviews by our firm, we were able to submit our case to law enforcement, at which time they closed the case without charges being filed against our client.

State v. J.D.

Practice area: Criminal defense (sex offense)
Charge(s): Criminal investigation for child sex offense
Outcome: State declined prosecution
Description: After meeting an underage individual on an online dating service, it was alleged that our client engaged in illegal sexual relations with the individual. The client was arrested after being caught with the minor, after the minor's parents alerted law enforcement.

State v. J.M.

Practice area: Criminal defense (sex offense)
Charge(s): Criminal investigation for child sex offense
Outcome: State declined prosecution
Description: The client was investigated for allegations made by his daughter and estranged wife that he had sexually molested his daughter on several occasions.

State v. D.C.

Practice area: Criminal defense (sex offense)
Charge(s): Second-degree forcible sex offense
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Client was charged with committing a second-degree forcible sex offense after a night of drinking and partying with friends. After reinterviewing key witnesses and witnesses not interviewed by the investigating detective, it was discovered that the alleged victim went to work the following day, bragging about what took place the previous day, most importantly that she consented to what happened.

State v. P.P.

Practice area: Criminal defense (sex offense)
Charge(s): Forcible rape and sex offense
Potential sentence: 40 years
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Client was charged with forcible rape and sex offense. Through an extensive investigation, we were able to show that the alleged victim made up the allegations. In light of the defense evidence, the district attorney did not want to proceed and dismissed the case.

State v. C.A.

Practice area: Criminal defense (sex offense)
Charge(s): First-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor
Potential sentence: Over 100 years in prison
Outcome: Not guilty
Description: Client was charged with four counts of first-degree sex offense and four counts of indecent liberties with a child. After a weeklong jury trial, the defendant was found not guilty on all counts and we walked out of the courtroom together.

Illegal Gambling

State v. J.G.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Illegal gambling
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: The client was charged with four other people with engaging in illegal gambling. An undercover police officer allegedly observed the five co-defendants from a vantage point nearby.

DWI/DUI - Federal

UNITED States v. M.M.

Practice area: Criminal defense (DWI)
Charge(s): DWI and speeding
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Client was accused of speeding and driving while impaired on a federal military base.

DWI/DUI - State

State v. N.J.

Practice area: Criminal defense (DWI)
Charge(s): Speeding, reckless driving, child abuse and DWI
Outcome: Speeding charge was reduced to nine over, all other charges dismissed
Description: Client was charged with speeding, reckless driving to endanger, driving while impaired and child abuse

State v. S.T.

Practice area: Criminal defense (DWI)
Charge(s): DWI
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Officers at a local beach bar observed the client leave the bar and get into his vehicle. The officers then observed the client back into a fence, nearly striking a parked vehicle on the road. The client was charged with driving while impaired.

State v. J.L.

Practice area: Criminal defense (DWI)
Charge(s): DWI
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: While on vacation with his wife at the beach, the client was pulled over and charged with DWI. The client was later convicted in District Court. After appealing the case, the prosecutor was convinced that probable cause was not present to warrant an arrest.

State v. A.T.

Practice area: Criminal defense (DWI)
Charge(s): Driving while impaired, fleeing from police and resisting arrest
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: The client allegedly left a license checkpoint, almost hitting a law enforcement officer with his car. After a vehicle chase, the client left his car and ran from law enforcement.

State v. H.J.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Driving while impaired (DWI) and hit and run
Outcome: All charges dismissed
Description: After attending a Panthers football game, our client returned to a friend's home. A couple hours later, our client retrieved her vehicle and began to head home for the evening. Along the way home, while making a turn, she sideswiped a vehicle parked on the side of the road and a light pole on the sidewalk next to the parked car. A witness followed her vehicle until it came to a stop in a nearby parking deck, at which time police arrived. After his investigation, the officer charged our client with hit and run for leaving the scene of an accident and suspicion of DWI.

State v. G.M.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Driving while impaired (DWI) and failure to maintain lane
Outcome: DWI dismissed
Description: After hanging out at a friend's house, a client and her passenger were heading home. Along the way, law enforcement got behind our client and alleged that she weaved out of her lane twice. After a delay at a traffic light, the police initiated a traffic stop. After lengthy questioning of our client and a passenger along with administering various standardized field sobriety tests, the officer charged our client with DWI.

State v. J.H.

Practice area: Criminal defense
Charge(s): Driving while impaired (DWI) and failure to maintain lane
Outcome: DWI dismissed and plea to reckless driving
Description: After leaving a local bar, our client was stopped by law enforcement after he was observed leaving his lane. During the stop, our client admitted to leaving a bar down the street and to having consumed alcohol. After requesting our client to perform a number of standardized field sobriety tests, the officer charged our client with DWI and failure to maintain lane control.

White Collar Criminal State

State v. S.M.

Practice area: White collar crime
Charge(s): Felony larceny by employee
Outcome: Reduced to misdemeanor larceny
Description: The client was charged with felony larceny by an employee wherein it was alleged that he stole almost $30,000 from the United States Postal Service. The prosecutor indicated that he was looking to indict the client on individual counts, which would have resulted in over 20 charges. After review of the discovery provided by the state and further negotiations with the prosecutor, he agreed to not indict the client and to reduce the felony charge to misdemeanor larceny. Further, the restitution amount was reduced from almost $30,000 to just over $5,000, saving the client over $20,000. The client avoided any felony conviction and was placed on unsupervised probation.

State v. P.G.

Practice area: Criminal defense (white collar)
Charge(s): Embezzlement
Outcome: Felony embezzlement reduced to misdemeanor larceny, 48 hours of community service and one
year of unsupervised probation
Description: The client allegedly embezzled more than $20,000 from the church where he was employed and served as bookkeeper. After reviewing the evidence, it was clear that proper procedures were not put into place to prevent or bring attention to any financial wrongdoing. Additionally, it was discovered that several attempts were made to bring attention to the lack of security and oversight of the church's finances.

Anonymous v. T.B.

Practice area: Criminal defense (white collar)/civil litigation
Charge(s): Fraud investigation
Outcome: No criminal or civil liability
Description: The client was under investigation for an alleged fraudulent transaction. The client was potentially exposed to not just criminal liability, but also civil liability well in excess of $10 million. After a lengthy investigation and numerous negotiations, the client was released of both civil and criminal liability by the alleged victim.

State v. M.R.

Practice area: Criminal defense (white collar)
Charge(s): Embezzlement, larceny by an employee, larceny of a motor vehicle and obtaining property by false pretenses
Outcome: All charges dismissed
Description: The charges related to the client's employment as a work site supervisor while working out of state.

Murder Cases

State v. J.C.

Practice area: Murder
Charge(s): First-degree murder
Potential sentence: Life in prison without parole
Outcome: Supervised probation/court costs
Description: Client was charged with the poisoning death of his wife. After years of investigation by the state, the defendant was charged. Prior to trial, the state finally conceded that the case was not as strong as it had believed and we were able to secure a plea to involuntary manslaughter.

State v. H.C.

Practice area: Murder
Charge(s): First-degree murder
Potential sentence: Life in prison without parole
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Hispanic client was charged with the beating death of an elderly white man. Through extensive defense investigation, it was discovered that the Sheriff's Department had rushed its investigation to make an arrest and had arrested and charged the wrong person.

Federal Criminal Cases

State v. B.H. & G.H.

Practice area: Federal criminal defense
Charge(s): Precharge investigation for passport fraud
Outcome: United States attorney declined prosecution
Description: Our clients, a husband and wife, had just been appointed guardianship in Texas over their niece, who was taken out of an abusive home. The clients were contacted by the State Department about a recent united passport application filed by them on behalf of their niece. The plan was to take their niece with them on a family vacation to her native country so she could meet her relatives. After discussing the investigation with the federal agent in charge, reviewing the numerous court orders granting guardianship and various rights granted to the clients, and providing a detailed summary of our position, the agent changed his position on his earlier findings. After his review, he recommended that the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of North Carolina decline to prosecute the case, which it agreed with.

White Collar Cases Federal

United States v. H.B.

Practice area: Criminal defense (white collar crimes)
Charge(s): Bank and wire fraud conspiracy
Potential sentence: Up to 30 years
Outcome: Diversion
Description: Client indicted for conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. Client was a real estate appraiser. Government believed that client had made numerous fraudulent appraisals on homes that were being "flipped."

United States v. D.B.

Practice area: Criminal defense (white collar crimes)
Charge(s): Health care fraud
Outcome: Probation
Description: Client charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. There was a loss of $3,402,040.32. Going into sentencing, the defendant was facing a 10-year prison sentence.

Drug Cases Federal

United States v. J.R.

Practice area: Criminal defense (drugs)
Charge(s): Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine; distribution of a quantity of methamphetamine
Potential sentence: 10-year minimum up to life
Outcome: Pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of racketeering
Description: Client and a family member charged with distribution of methamphetamine in southeastern North Carolina. The conspiracy was allegedly responsible for over one-quarter pound of meth per day. Throughout the pretrial phase of the case, the defense found numerous discrepancies in the investigation and uncovered that one of the case agents had altered documents and withheld information. On the eve of trial, we were able to negotiate a plea that limited the client's exposure to a maximum of five years and not a mandatory 10 years in prison. The client was sentenced to 51 months, his co-defendant 364 months.

Federal Post-Conviction Cases

United States v. J.B.

Practice area: Federal criminal law/post-conviction relief
Charge(s): Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Potential sentence: Up to 10 years
Outcome: Dismissed
Description: Client charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (18 U.S.C. sec. 922(g)). Entered a guilty plea to the charge. After the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided United States v. Simmons, we filed a 28 U.S.C. 2255 motion on his behalf.

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