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Defending North Carolina residents in internet sex crimes cases

Believe it or not, you can get charged with a sex crime for using the Internet and engaging in what you believe to be perfectly legal adult activities. The thing is, many North Carolina residents are charged with crimes that they had no idea they were committing.

The problem with getting accused with a sex crime, however, runs much deeper than simply getting into trouble with the law. Indeed, a sex crime accusation -- even though it is merely an accusation -- could trigger many people in the community to view you as guilty, even before a trial is held. It is not uncommon for those accused of sex crimes to be seen as guilty by their family, friends and employers. They could even lose their jobs prior to conviction.

Indictment charges 2 former corrections officers with extortion

Two former corrections officers in North Carolina have been indicted on charges of Extortion Under Color of Official Right. One of the officers, a 29-year-old man, is also charged with lying to a federal grand jury and making a False Statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both defendants are facing decades in federal prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

One of the men, 31, allegedly smuggled marijuana, tobacco, cellphones and AA batteries into the Polk Correctional Institution in the high security maximum control unit. He is also alleged to have smuggled in contraband into the prison to another inmate after he was transferred out of the high security unit. The other man is said to have allegedly lied to FBI agents during an interview and committed perjury when he was testifying before a federal grand jury.

Federal charges filed for illegal gambling against father and son

Operating an illegal sweepstakes is a crime and a federal one at that. For a 44-year-old man and his 68-year-old father from Selma, North Carolina, the seizure of cash and gaming devices from 200 stores and restaurants by federal and state agents has resulted in multiple charges.

This isn't the first time the two have been in trouble over gaming machines. Back in 2003, the two entered guilty pleas to federal charges for operating illegal gambling businesses and avoiding taxes. There was a $5 million fine assessed against the other man, as well as the forfeiture of 326 gaming machines.

Drug use trends in North Carolina

In the most recent national survey on drug use and health, 7.75 percent of surveyed North Carolinians reported that in the last month, they had used illicit drugs. For the purposes of the survey, prescription drug use other than for medical reasons was also included in the definition of illicit drugs.

The national average of illicit drug use besides marijuana was 3.58 percent in the last month. In North Carolina, 3.51 percent of residents reported using illicit drugs besides marijuana. In 2007, the last year noted, 1,125 people died in the state due to drug use. As a comparison, 1,116 people died from firearms and 1,818 from motor vehicle accidents. The number of people who died from drug use was about the same as the national average.

Facing weapons charges with prior felonies

In some case, your past history of criminal convictions can lead to an increased risk of criminal charges now and in the future. One area where this is especially true is in the possession of weapons. It could be illegal in North Carolina for you to own or possess certain weapons -- including firearms -- if you have a past felony conviction.

If you are found to have possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, then you will likely face a Class G felony charge for the offense. According to North Carolina law, this is true if you have a felony conviction on your record on or after Dec. 1, 1995. You might even be charged with felony possession if you have a felony conviction from another state if the charge associated with that conviction was close to a similar felony charge available in North Carolina.

Being charged with a sex crime will need competent representation

Being accused of a sex crime can ruin your reputation, your family life, and can even effect your employment status. There is definitely a stigma attached to this type of accusation. You may have to register as a sex offender if you are convicted.

Calling a law firm such as the Raleigh, North Carolina, law office of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, may be something to think about. We realize that there are two sides to every story and we can make sure that your side is told in the court of law.

Assistant professor arrested on sex charges involving minor

When an educator is accused of sex crimes involving a minor, the media can quickly convict the person before the case even goes to trial. While everyone is presumed innocent unless he or she is found guilty in a court law, that's just not always the way things go sometimes.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, a 60-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a child, soliciting a child by computer and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. From 2005 until 2007, the man worked at Cary High School as the principle and for several other schools in the same capacity in the previous years. Currently, he is the coordinator of special education teacher certification and an assistant professor at Campbell University.

What does the 'fruit of the poisonous tree' mean?

Most people know that police can search a home or business if they have a search warrant. The process of obtaining such a warrant may not be as familiar. It all boils down to probable cause and whether the police have probable cause to get a search warrant. If a judge believes there is probable cause to search for items relating to criminal activity, then he or she will sign and issue the search warrant.

If, however, a police officer or other government actor illegally searches for evidence of a crime, then the "exclusionary rule" kicks in. This rule keeps the prosecution from presenting at trial any evidence that was discovered in the illegal search. Many exclusionary rule opponents believe that this is just a way to let criminals off on a technicality.

Parents warned by federal agency about 'sextortion'

Have you heard of the term "sextortion?" The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning about this crime. It happens when people send sexually explicit videos or photos to someone online, who then uses those images for the purpose of blackmail.

The FBI says that this crime occurs when someone demands sexual favors, money or other thing of value from a person by either:

New bill may require ignition interlocks for first DUI offense

North Carolina legislators will be voting on a new bill that supporters hope will make it much more difficult for convicted drunk drivers to drive again. The bill is referred to as "Gray's law," and if it becomes law, those convicted of their first drunk driving offense will be required to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles.

Right now, an IID is only required for those who refused to take a chemical test to determine their blood alcohol content, those whose BAC was more than .15 and those already convicted of drunk driving in the past.

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