2020 Cumulative Supplement to North Carolina Crimes Available

The latest cumulative supplement to North Carolina Crimes is now available. It incorporates legislation enacted and cases decided through December 31, 2020. You can buy the book here. Purchase of the supplement includes free unlimited access to the online version of Crimes from the time of purchase until May 1, 2022. Online access is granted … Read more


Where can I find the definition of a North Carolina crime?

Recently questions came to me and my SOG criminal law colleagues about the crime of burglary in North Carolina that made it clear some readers would benefit from a discussion of statutory versus common law definitions of criminal offenses, as well as how to research legislative history. I will address these two issues using one scenario across a couple of blog posts. I hope these posts will help in interpreting and understanding statutes.

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NC Supreme Court Broadens Coverage of “Maintaining a Dwelling”

G.S. 90-108(a)(7) makes it a crime to maintain a store, dwelling, vehicle, boat, or other place for the use, storage, or sale of controlled substances. My NC Crimes book states the elements of the offense:

A person guilty of this offense

(1) knowingly

(2) keeps or maintains

(3) a store, shop, warehouse, dwelling house, building, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or other place

(4) (a) being resorted to by persons unlawfully using controlled substances

     (b) being used for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances.

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New Crimes Supplement Now Available

North Carolina Crimes is one of the School of Government’s most indispensable criminal law titles. The latest and greatest annual supplement to the book is now available. The new cumulative supplement covers legislation enacted and case law decided from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2014. Jessie Smith, the author of the main volume, prepared the supplement as well.

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Two New Publications, and a Big One Coming up

My colleague John Rubin recently completed two new papers that may be useful to you. The first is 2009 Legislation Affecting Criminal Law and Procedure. The name pretty much says it all — it summarizes what the General Assembly did last session regarding criminal law. The paper is available free of charge here. The second … Read more