1. Media Relations Criminal Charges

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    Dealing with the media, especially in high-profile criminal matters can be a burdensome process. Attorney Bill Powers discusses some of the legal issues involved in North Carolina. Dealing with the media in a serious felony is what I like to refer to as a dance of sorts. Where you are dealing with them on a daily basis, they’re in the court room. You’re watching the reports at night. You're making sure that they’re accurate. It’s important to realize that the media has to have some information to disseminate. They have to have some story to share and so we’re always in this give-and-take. There's this balance between, obviously you don't want to influence a jury, you don’t want to say anything that's inflammatory, you need to protect the client and the information. At the same time you want to make sure that things are being fairly reported, that all the facts and circumstances are coming out, if possible. Then you may be dealing with an order of the court, where you are not allowed to respond or answer questions. It's complicated. It's something that until you've done it, until you've sat in the courtroom with 3 or 4 cameras, and watched the cameras recording, and seeing reports, or seeing how things are described the next day in the newspaper, it’s hard to understand how complicated it is. It’s a very very important aspect of a case. Any serious felony is going to get attention now in our media centric world. It's going to be on the Internet. It's going to be in newspapers. It's going to be on TV because criminal cases sell. What that means is that people have an interest in them. It's important to have an attorney who has experience with them, who have an experience with them, meaning the media, relationally, that where you can call, talk to the people, and be able to give background information without disclosing confidences or otherwise protecting the information. Please, before you talk to the media, if you or someone you care about has been charged with a serious felony, talk to an experienced attorney. We hope to hear from you. We’re here to help.

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    • serious felony charges in north carolina

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      Representation on cases that are very serious normally would be a felony, which starts off being serious. Then involves the potential of very long lasting prison terms, murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, felony death. They're just simply different and while many, many lawyers will have a substantial amount of experience just handling cases in court. There aren't a lot of lawyers who have actually tried out these type of cases before a jury, and gone through that level of testing over a year or 2 or sometimes 3 or 4 year period. It's very important that the client realize that the process is extraordinarily complex. When I say the client, we're often times dealing with a family member because the person charged is in jail at the time. We like to sit down, we like to talk with people and we like to draw some big picture ideas understanding that this case could last for a substantial amount of time. Either way it's important to talk to an attorney who understands what it's like to try a case. Who has tried a case recently, who understands the appellate aspects of that case. Also understands that it's going to be a marathon, there's no sprinting going on, on a serious felony case. I encourage people to talk to your lawyer, talk to maybe several lawyers. Find out what their credentials are. Then sit down and make a family decision on what's best for the loved one. Please give us a ring, we're here to help and we're more than willing to explain how we address serious felonies in North Carolina. PHOTO CREDIT: © Lupoalb68 | Dreamstime.com - Crime Scene Photo

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      • Legal Fees What To Expect

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        If someone's been charged or arrested with a criminal offense in North Carolina they probably weren't expecting that to happen. In our daily lives we base our finances on expenses that we expect. If you've gotten in some trouble or someone you care about has gotten in some trouble, whether you can afford an attorney or come up with the fee can be a real problem. We try to make that easy for people. We try to work out payment plans where it's appropriate. It's not unusual for us to take a certain amount down. Then we accept payments either every other week or monthly or based on payrolls and things of that nature. We try to make the payment process very easy. We allow payment online. We can do automatic deductions on credit cards or bank accounts. We accept personal checks. There are some types of cases that normally the person just pays up front. A more minor traffic offense, for example. The more serious cases, cases that could take a year to present in trial, that could be more expensive. You may expect a larger amount down and then payments on the rest. It just depends on the type of case. The one thing I want potential clients to understand is we'll always tell you what the expense is. We're not going to hide costs from you. We're going to put it in writing. We guarantee our rates and we want you to understand that process. Give us a ring. The initial consultation is free as well as confidential. The telephone number is 704-342-4357. I hope to hear for you. © Eric1513 | Dreamstime.com - Writing Check In Checkbook Photo

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        • How Juries Are Selected

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          • What Do Attorneys Want to Know?

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            It's not at all unusual to be a little nervous the first time you meet an attorney. Normally something that has happened that wasn't necessarily a good thing. It's important to remember that lawyers are people too. Our job as an attorney is to provide information, guidance and in many cases, kindness during a difficult time.

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            • ONE Power Tips: Bill Powers

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              Check out Realty ONE Group's very own Bill Powers with his Power Tip for you!

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              • "A Terrific Addition"

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                The Texas Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ), the official undergraduate research journal of UT Austin, is a work of multi-disciplinary research produced and edited by UT Austin undergraduates. The Journal is published annually, circulated across campus, and housed in the Library of Congress. The URJ seeks to promote undergraduate research by publishing the work of talented students, training a staff to critically evaluate research articles, and providing feedback to those who submit articles for publication throughout the selection process. Visit our website at http://texasurj.com or feel free to contact editorinchief@texasurj.com if you'd like to learn more.

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                • The University of Texas Undergraduate Research Journal

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                  A promotional video shot and edited in Fall 2014 for The University of Texas at Austin's world-class Undergraduate Research Journal. Created by Aidan Myles Green myles_green@utexas.edu

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                  • Welcome to Powers McCartan, pllc

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                    Thank you for taking the time to consider Powers McCartan, pllc. We are here to help and to that end would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your case. For a confidential consultation, please call 704-342-4357. Our firm does not charge legal fees for the initial ocnsultation.

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                    • ARE MIRANDA RIGHTS REQUIRED?

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                      Miranda Rights in North Carolina, "The Right to Remain Silent, The Right to an Attorney, If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you," or at least knowledge of those rights are seemingly ubiquitous. It is a rare thing indeed for someone to be ignorant of their "Right to Remain Silent." Yet, some would be surprised to learn that many people charged with criminal offenses still give statements contrary to their own best interests because they felt pressured or compelled by law enforcement.

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