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Don't Let Public Corruption Charges Ruin Your Life

In North Carolina, federal, state and local authorities investigate allegations of public corruption. In some cases, these agencies work independently; however, in most cases they work together to build an airtight case against the person accused. With multiple agencies working together, there is always the risk that someone suspected of public corruption could be charged in either state or federal court. If you face charges of public corruption in North Carolina, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking with law enforcement or anyone else.

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In North Carolina, law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies aggressively pursue and investigate allegations of public corruption. A large part of the investigation is typically done undercover and behind closed doors to prevent detection until the suspect is charged.

  • An example of such a covert and extensive investigation will always be that of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who was investigated and charged federally for public corruption.
  • While cases involving politicians are typically what we think of as a target for public corruption, charges can also be brought against police officers, sheriff's deputies, court officials, local government officials and other elected officials.

Whether the investigation is being handled by state or federal agencies, the government has an unlimited amount of resources to build its case.

  • For example, the unified front of local, state and federal agencies working to build the case, which allows the agencies to pick and choose what cases to prosecute, is typically based on what jurisdiction has the most severe punishment.
  • At the same time, the tools of each prosecuting agency also differ. Federal prosecutors can use investigative grand juries to gather records and compel testimony in public corruption cases. State prosecutors cannot use this tool except in certain drug cases.

It is important to hire a skilled and knowledgeable defense lawyer if you or a loved one is facing charges of public corruption. Whether you are under a pre-charge investigation or have already been charged with public corruption, it is essential that you hire an attorney with the skill and expertise to aggressively defend your case.