Wake County, North Carolina is in the heart of N.C., in the northeast central region. The county enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Wake County, NC boasts a thriving business and state government community, an active arts community, and a quality of life that has consistently been ranked among the best in the country by national publications. Wake County citizens enjoy an exceptional quality of life and modest tax rates.
Wake County’s population of 829,218 (2008 U.S. Census Bureau) is up from 627,846 residents in 2000. A huge attraction to this area is the Research Triangle Park, located between Durham and Raleigh. Research Triangle Park is one of the country’s largest industrial parks, home to more than 170 companies spanning 7,000 acres, making the area a prominent high-technology research and development center which serves as an economic driver for the entire region.
The county seat of Wake County, NC is Raleigh, which is also the state capital. Other municipalities in Wake County include: Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon. Public education in Wake County is provided by the Wake County Public School System. In Wake County, 91 percent of the residents are high school graduates and 47 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Wake County is home to seven post-secondary educational institutions: Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Peace College, Saint Augustine’s College, Shaw University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Wake Technical Community College.
Wake County, NC is easily accessible by auto, air, bus or rail. The Triangle Transit Authority provides regional transportation that connects to the municipal bus systems in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport in northwestern Wake County provides air travel service. Amtrak provides rail transportation with facilities in Raleigh and Cary. I-40 is the major Interstate serving the county.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for the unincorporated areas of the county. The sheriff is also charged with courtroom security in the District and Superior courtrooms in Wake County.
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 Courts are commonly referred to as the North Carolina trial courts. The Appellate Division includes the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Both are located in Raleigh. Wake County is in Judicial District 10 for state court. The Wake County Courthouse is located at 316 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601.
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.