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Drug conspiracy charges for 13 law enforcement officers

When law enforcement officers are involved in criminal activity, it can affect the public's view of those who weren't involved. In North Carolina, 13 current and former officers have been charged with drug conspiracy.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation created a sting operation. The defendants in the case thought the operation was for a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking operation. Instead, it was a sting operation used to gather evidence on the defendants.

What is statutory rape in North Carolina?

If you are facing a charge of statutory rape, you may feel that you have done nothing wrong. The elements of statutory rape vary between states, but in North Carolina, your age and the age of the other person are what determines if a crime has been committed. The charge of statutory rape does not have an element of force or coercion. Here are the elements of statutory rape in North Carolina:

-- A person is guilty of statutory rape when he or she engages in vaginal intercourse with a person who is 13, 14 or 15 years of age and the defendant is at least six years older.

North Carolina has strict drunk driving penalties

North Carolina takes drunk driving very seriously. Aggressive prosecution of those accused of Driving While Intoxicated is the norm in the state's criminal courts.

Those convicted of DWI face some harsh penalties. Even a Level 5 conviction has a mandatory 24-hour jail sentence that must be served even when a judge suspends the rest of the sentence. A Level 1 conviction can bring jail time of up to two years.

What are the elements of taking indecent liberties with a child?

There are many offenses that are considered sex crimes. One of these offenses is taking indecent liberties with children. If you are charged with such an offense, it's important to begin putting your defense together. This and other similar crimes carry stiff penalties, but there are other issues that may arise. For example, you may find your reputation is damaged and your friends and family are not supporting you. The media may be involved and reporting what happens with your case. In some cases, you may feel as though you have been found guilty in the court of public opinion even though you are supposed to be presumed innocent until -- and only if -- you are found guilty by a court of law.

The elements of taking indecent liberties with a child are:

Teen had plans to join ISIS, rob Raleigh gun store and more

A two-month investigation by the York Police Department into a teenage boy was kept quiet by officials because of a public safety concern. According to the York police chief, once the teen was arrested, they did not believe there was "any other danger to the community."

The teen, whose family is from Syria, lived with his mother in York. Police reportedly received information that the teen had a handgun. An initial investigation located the teen on social media. The contacts on those websites and other places showed that the teen wanted to join the terrorist group ISIS. An ISIS flag was found in the teen's room, as well as other materials.

It's Time for Body Cameras on Police

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The Onion, "America's Finest [Satirical] News Source," published a piece on April 9 - shortly after the Walter Scott shooting - detailing the pros and cons of body cameras for police. One of the cons: "Is still only going to be the irrefutable video evidence's word against the police officer's." Behind this tongue-in-cheek statement is a harsh truth: Were it not for the bystander who captured the shooting on video, what reason would there have been to doubt the police officer's story?

Drug Dog Better Be On Time: High Court Strengthens Fourth Amendment in Sniffing Case

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Too bad, officer. If your drug dog isn't handy, you can't keep the driver waiting. According to Julian Hattem with the Hill, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that officers cannot keep someone waiting or detained - absent probable cause - after the officer has already dealt with the original issue, such as having issued a ticket for speeding.

As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, "We hold that a police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter for which the stop was made violates the Constitution's shield against unreasonable seizures."

Statistics about federal drug trafficking

Federal drug trafficking charges can turn your world upside down. These cases often take months to build and involve multiple law enforcement agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration or even the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, there were 22,215 drug trafficking cases in 2013. Six drug types made up 97 percent of those cases. Those drug types were:

Panelist feel sex offender registry too harmful for minors

On Monday, April 6, the NYU Review of Law and Social Change hosted a panel to discuss the current sex offender registry and what people who are listed on it experience -- especially the stigma associated with it.

One of the panelists said that the category of sex offenders is expanding, but in troubling ways. He said, "From peeing in public to a serial pedophile, the sex offender label casts an enormous net that traps harmless people into the stereotype of child rapists." In addition, he said that the sensitive nature of sex offender registries as well as lack of interest in changing the requirements means that the laws governing inclusion on the list are seldom reformed.

'Booze It & Lose It' campaign results in fewer DWI arrests

There were more DWI checkpoints and patrol units on North Carolina highways than usual between March 13 and March 17. The state's "Booze It & Lose It" campaign targeted impaired drivers over the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

This year, law enforcement arrested 785 people for DWI, which is fewer than the over 800 people arrested last year. According to one sergeant in the state's highway patrol, "We were definitely out there. Maybe people are starting to get the idea to not do that."

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