Raleigh, North Carolina is in the northeast central region of N.C. in Wake County. Raleigh is both the county seat of Wake County and the state capital. Raleigh, along with Durham and Chapel Hill, make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Rolesville are nearby cities and towns.
In 2007, Raleigh’s population was 360,880 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Fast-growing Raleigh, NC had only 276,093 residents in 2000. Major employers in Raleigh are the state of North Carolina and the Wake County Public School System.
Raleigh is known as “The City of Oaks.” Trees Across Raleigh is dedicated to improving Raleigh’s ambiance and promoting economic development by planting trees throughout the city. Beautiful Raleigh has planted over 8,000 trees so far.
Raleigh, NC boasts a prosperous business community, numerous museums and other cultural activities, and its citizens enjoy a high quality of life. Raleigh, North Carolina has consistently been ranked among the best places in the country for businesses by prestigious publications such as Money and Forbes magazines. Raleigh features North Carolina’s favorable corporate income tax rate of 6.9 percent and a retail sales and use tax rate of 6.75 percent.
Raleigh’s excellent weather and prime location (within an afternoon drive of the mountains or beaches) affords a full range of outdoor activities unheard of in most parts of the nation. The international nature of Research Triangle Park has had a secondary bonus of attracting international visitors and establishing fine international dining in the area.
Public schools in Raleigh are operated by the Wake County Public School System. Nearby colleges and universities include Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Peace College, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Wake Technical Community College.
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is located to the northwest of downtown Raleigh. The Triangle Transit Authority provides regional transportation and Raleigh has its own municipal public transportation system, Capital Area Transit. Amtrak provides rail transportation with facilities in Raleigh. I-40 is the major Interstate serving the city.
If you are facing state criminal charges, including filing a false tax return, a violation of employee withholding laws or a sales and use tax violation, your case will be heard in state court. North Carolina’s unified statewide court system is known as the General Court of Justice. There are three divisions: the Appellate Division, the Superior Court and the District Court. The Superior Court and District Court are commonly referred to as the North Carolina trial courts. Raleigh is in Judicial District 10 for state court. The Wake County Courthouse, utilized by Raleigh, is located at 316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601. The Appellate Division includes the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Both are located in Raleigh.
If you have been charged with a federal white collar or tax crime — including tax evasion, failure to file or use of abusive tax shelters — your case will be heard in federal court. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is the United States District Court serving the eastern 44 counties in North Carolina, including Wake Forest in Wake County which is in the western division. Appeals are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.