When you say "imprisonment"; do you mean being arrested, but not convicted? Or convicted and having served a prision sentence for years? It makes a difference. If it is the time after the arrest and you still can fight the charge, then you have more remedies easily available to you. If it is post conviction, then it will be harder. Have you petitioned for Clemency to clear your name? Also, checking into whether North Carolina's criminal code provides for the equivilent of a civil Declartory Judgment action to have a finding of fact made as to the lack of evidence for your guilt. After getting a finding of fact that there was no basis, then you need to see what civil remedies are available to you for malicious prosecution or abuse of process in North Carolina. As I am often in Court call my assistant Dan London at 311-807-3990 to set up a private telephone consultation. At the consultation we can discuss the confidential details we need to craft a strategic plan. These details should no be broadcast over the Internet.
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