Attorneys Christian Dysart and Ryan Willis are pleased to announce Joe Houchin and Meredith Hubbard as new equity members of the firm. To reflect their new ownership positions, the firm's formal name has officially changed to Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard, PLLC effective April 1, 2019. This advancement recognizes Mr. Houchin and Ms. Hubbard's contributions to the firm and the outstanding results they have achieved for firm clients over the past years. The attorneys of Dysart Willis will continue to defend clients charged with criminal offenses in state and federal courts in addition to the firm's business, civil, and immigration practices.
Finding FBI agents at your door is an intimidating experience. When the FBI arrives and tells you your house is going to be searched, it can feel like you have no rights at all. An FBI raid can discourage people from asserting their rights in a way that Raleigh police or North Carolina state police can't match. That should not be the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is restricted by Federal rules of search and seizure. They do not have unlimited rights to conduct a raid on your home whenever they please. The FBI can and should be held accountable if they violate your Civil Rights.
Many people misunderstand the entrapment defense and how it works in a criminal case in North Carolina. The issue of entrapment often arises when state or federal law enforcement agents conduct an undercover operation. These stings often aim to detect drug trafficking activity but can also happen in a white-collar context to uncover activities such as fraud or bribery.
The Innocence Project reports that more than one out of four people who have been convicted of a crime and were later exonerated by DNA evidence made a false confession or an incriminating statement. It might be difficult to understand why someone would admit to a crime, but with a thorough understanding of the psychology of interrogation and social influence, it becomes easier to see how a false confession could happen.
There is much debate about treatment of the mentally ill. Despite the debate, some people who suffer find it difficult to seek help either because they do not know where to go or cannot afford help. A woman in North Carolina who reportedly has a history of mental illness may be considering her criminal defense after she was arrested and charged with attempted homicide.
In the aftermath of a tragic event, people often act in unexpected ways. Shock, for example, can cause people to act in ways that are out-of-character. Police in North Carolina are now accusing a man of lying to them as they investigate the homicide of another man. The former has since been arrested on murder charges.
For many in North Carolina, the death of a loved one is the worst thing imaginable. Unfortunately, one man is not only facing such a loss as a result of an alleged homicide, but he must also cope with allegations that he is responsible for his wife and young child's deaths. He recently appeared in court after being released from the hospital.
There are some in North Carolina who find themselves facing drug charges. Without an extensive education in law, some may find themselves struggling to fully comprehend the import of the charges they face as well as the potential consequences. Fully understanding the charges a person faces is the first step toward deciding on a criminal defense.
Marriage is not easy. Many couples who love each other very much often struggle to have a successful marriage. In some cases, a relationship can suffer from the extra stress of mental illness. Unfortunately, a North Carolina woman, whose family members claim could be mentally ill, has recently been arrested in a triple homicide. One of the victims is said to be her husband.
Some in North Carolina would argue that teachers are held to a higher standard when it comes to their relationships with children. Perhaps this is somewhat expected due to the nature of their profession, but those who teach could be at a disadvantage if someone accused them of abuse of a child. Because of the higher standard, officials could be quicker to make an arrest, regardless of the evidence for or against that person. Unfortunately, one teacher has now found herself facing criminal charges because of allegations regarding two children, including child abuse and assault on a child.