Myths and misconceptions about North Carolina's criminal law can often cloud the understanding of legal rights and obligations. From mistaken beliefs about self-defense to confusion about search and seizure procedures, these myths can have serious consequences for individuals involved in criminal cases
Winston-Salem attorney W. Scott Harkey was recently appointed to Chair the North Carolina Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section for 2023-2024. This will be Harkey's fourth consecutive year on the Executive Committee for the section, where he served as Council Member from 2017 to 2020.
In North Carolina, Larceny is the unlawful taking and carrying away of the personal property of another, without consent, and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the personal property. Larceny of goods that are more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) is a Class H felony. If the goods are valued at one thousand dollars ($1,000) or less, then the larceny is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. It establishes how reasonable searches are defined, and under what circumstances a law enforcement officer can conduct a search with a warrant and without. Since things like…