Klinkosum on Criminal Defense Motions

This comprehensive guide discusses criminal defense motions typically filed in North Carolina cases and provides forms and guides to file the proper motions.
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Klinkosum on Criminal Defense Motions provides a practical, authoritative, and comprehensive overview of motions practice in North Carolina. It discusses the common types of motions typically filed by criminal defense attorneys, along with practical guides and forms to help attorneys determine which motions to file and what sources to consult in litigating a criminal case.

With this practical guide you can: 

  • Test the legal bases for the prosecution's case 
  • Limit the evidence that will be introduced by the state 
  • Limit the charges that the defendant may be tried upon 
  • Discover and expand the evidence the defendant can present at trial 
  • Strengthen the defendant's legal claims 
  • Provide a record for possible appellate review

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. CRIMINAL COURTS MOTIONS PRACTICE IN NORTH CAROLINA

      I. Introduction

      II. Form and Filing

      III. Motions to Continue

      IV. Motions Practice in District Court

      V. Evidentiary Hearings

      VI. Sample Certificate of Service

      VII. Sample Motions


Chapter 2. BAIL AND PRETRIAL RELEASE

      I. Introduction

      II. The Law

      III. Modification of Pretrial Release

      IV. Bond Modification (Reduction) Motions

      V. Sample Forms and Motions


Chapter 3. MOTIONS TO DISMISS CRIMINAL PLEADINGS

      I. Introduction

      II. District Court Pleadings

      III. Superior Court Pleadings

      IV. Related Superior Court Filings

      V. Content of a Proper Criminal Pleading

      VI. Motions to Dismiss Criminal Pleadings

      VII. Motions to Dismiss Indictments Directed at Grand Jury Proceedings

      VIII. Sample Motions


Chapter 4. MOTIONS FOR DISCOVERY

      I. Introduction

      II. Goals of Discovery

      III. Ethical Considerations

      IV. Statutory Discovery

      V. Constitutional Discovery

      VI. Other Constitutional Discovery Rights

      VII. Sample Motions


Chapter 5. PREVENTING AND LITIGATING THE ILLEGAL DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE

      I. Introduction

      II. The State’s Responsibility to Preserve Evidence

      III. Successful Cases

      IV. Common Elements of Winning Trombetta/Youngblood Claims

      V. Motions to Preserve Evidence

      VI. Sample Motions


Chapter 6. COMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL

      I. Introduction

      II. Competency to Stand Trial vs. Insanity

      III. Ethical Considerations

      IV. Constitutional Considerations

      V. The Standard for Determination of Incompetent to Proceed

      VI. Incompetent to Proceed But Not Committable: The Statutory Black Hole

      VII. Sample Motions


Chapter 7. MOTIONS TO OBTAIN EXPERT ASSISTANCE

      I. Introduction

      II. The Right to Expert Assistance

      III. Motions for Expert Assistance

      IV. Illustrative Cases

      V. Interpreters

      VI. Sample Motions


Chapter 8. MOTIONS TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE

      I. Introduction

      II. The Exclusionary Rule

      III. The Motion to Suppress

      IV. Challenging Search Warrants and Illegal Searches and Seizures

      V. Challenging Illegal Confessions

      VI. Challenging Illegal Identification Procedures

      VII. Sample Motions


Chapter 9. JOINDER AND SEVERANCE

      I. Introduction

      II. Joinder and Severance of Offenses

      III. Joinder and Severance of Defendants

      IV. Procedures for Motions for Joinder or Severance


Index