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Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.

The Impact of Baldasar v. Illinois on Uncounseled Misdemeanor Convictions in North Carolina

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The effect of a recent Supreme Court ruling will be to increase a judge’s responsibility to determine the need for counsel before trial when the case involves a misdemeanor that may later be used in an enhanced-penalty statute. This memorandum discusses the decision and its application to driving under the influence, North Carolina’s most commonly used misdemeanor enhancement statute.