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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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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