Brad Greenway, District Attorney

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The criminal justice system can sometimes be complex to understand. If you would like help learning about its process and/or components, you may start by following the links on this page.

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Bradley K. “Brad” Greenway is a native of Polk County, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Navy ROTC scholarship. Following graduation Greenway served more than six years on active duty in the United States Navy. He then enrolled in law school at Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, North Carolina where he graduated cum laude in May 1983.

Immediately following law school Greenway accepted a position as law clerk for the Honorable Woodrow W. Jones, Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. He served in that capacity until 1986 when he became an associate and later a partner in the Rutherfordton, NC firm of Hamrick, Bowen, Nanney & Dalton, LLP. While in private practice, he was retained as child protective services attorney for the Rutherford County Department of Social Services for twenty years.McDowell County Courthouse

In 2006 Greenway was elected as the first District Attorney for Judicial District 29A comprised of McDowell and Rutherford Counties when District 29 was divided into Districts 29A and 29B. He was sworn into office on January 1, 2007.

After active duty Greenway retained his military status in the United States Navy Reserve. In January 2000 he retired from the Navy Reserve at the rank of Commander. His religious and civic activities have included being a past member of the vestry of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC, past director of the PATH women’s shelter, past director of The Learning Tree, Inc., a day care center for developmentally delayed as well as normally developing children, current chairperson of the Rutherford County Criminal Justice Partnership Program and current director of the Community Health Council of Rutherford County.

Brad and his wife Melanie are the parents of two grown children, Amanda and Matthew.

Court Terminology Here you will find a comprehensive list of various words and phrases, along with their definitions, used frequently in the Criminal Justice System. This collection of terms and definitions are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended for legal use or direction. The list is separated into three sections by the first letter of each word or phrase:

A - E | F - O | P - Z

Frequently Asked Questions Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the Criminal Justice System. We have tried to include a wide range of questions and answers to shed light on what can be a confusing process.

If you have questions concerning a specific court date and/or a specific court case, please feel free to contact us.

Court Process Here you will find a brief description of the court process, from arrest to sentencing, along with a diagram to help better your understanding of the Criminal Justice System.

Victims Rights Here you will find a list of victims' rights and responsibilities, and information on what to do if you are threatened or intimidated. You can also find information concerning the Victims Compensation Program.

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