N.C. Police Procedures Raise Questions of Privacy Rights in Charlotte

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

"Big Brother is watching." That is the concern that is facing many lawyers in Charlotte and surrounding N.C. counties, regarding the use of mobile phone data. According to a recent American Civil Liberties Union investigation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officers openly admit that they use information obtained from cell phone companies in compiling information against suspects. CMPD Officers routinely gather information regarding a suspect's contacts, phone records, location, and other valuable information, thereby allowing them to keep a detailed track of the suspect. However, according to the investigation, CMPD officers are required to obtain subpoenas and warrants showing probable cause before they seek such records from mobile phone companies.

Unfortunately, the American Civil Liberties Union found many localities in North Carolina and throughout the nation where the authorities are not required to follow such procedures prior to obtaining data from mobile devices. Rather, these law enforcement officials simply issue requests and pay minor fees to the mobile phone providers, and obtain the information. Several Police entities openly admitted ignoring the use of subpoenas and / or warrants.

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Christopher Shumate

Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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