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Attorney Mark Jetton talks with Fox 46 reporters to discuss the June 2017 decision to require body cameras on police officers below the rank of deputy-chief both when on-duty, as well as during secondary employment. CMPD Introduces Body Cams In 2015, Now Expanding The announcement to require body cams came after CMPD started field testing…

WCNC recently spoke with Attorney Mark Jetton about a twice convicted drunk driver who recently killed a local grandmother. Mr. Jetton explains how the system is not perfect in keeping drunk drivers off the road due to the descrepancies in North Carolina and South Carolina’s DMV laws and conviction reporting. The drunk driver is expected…

Legislators in North Carolina are considering a new law that would increase the penalties associated with certain drug crimes. The law specifically addresses synthetic cannabinoid and cathinone compounds. These drugs go by street names like bath salts, Spice and K2. North Carolina is not alone in its move to push for reform. States across the…

A number of people in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. currently sit behind bars, serving a sentence imposed on them by a court of law. Surprisingly, however, not all people in prison are guilty of committing a crime. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, 87 people were released from their prison sentences in…

When imposing a sentence on more than one misdemeanor offense, a judge may order a concurrent or consecutive sentence. A concurrent sentence means that all sentences run at the same time. So if someone receives sentences of 90 days and 60 days to run concurrently, that means the person will serve 90 days. The 60-…

Like misdemeanor sentencing, felonies in North Carolina are sentenced according to structured sentencing, which bases your punishment on a grid that measures the severity of the crime against your criminal history. If you rank high in both those categories, your sentence will be much worse than if you rank low in those categories. Unlike misdemeanor…

In 2013, a North Carolina mayor was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. According to ABC News Channel 12, the man said he had taken one milligram of Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, 12 hours earlier. He did not have any alcohol in his system. He was arrested and later convicted on charges of…

Since the police have no numerical reading of your breath can you still be convicted of DWI? We are often asked about the choices one must make when being confronted by an officer of the law during a traffic stop. In the course of a DWI investigation a person is often confronted with the choice…

You have been recently arrested for DWI and refused the breathalyzer test. What are the consequences of refusing the breathalyzer test? What are your options now? In the course of a DWI investigation, a person suspected of driving under the influence is often confronted with the choice to either take the breathalyzer test or refuse…

You have been recently arrested, written a citation, or questioned by police and NOT read your Miranda Rights. Does that matter? Can your case be dismissed or dropped due to this? “I was not read my Miranda rights,” is a phase our criminal defense attorneys often hear when they meet with potential clients. In order…