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Understanding North Carolina drug treatment court

In many states, drug courts or drug treatment courts seek to offer treatment to people facing drug charges. In North Carolina, 23 counties offer drug treatment court, but there are specific criteria that the defendants must meet first. Below, you'll find more information on drug treatment courts in North Carolina. Your criminal defense attorney can provide more information about these another defense options.

What is the criteria for drug treatment courts?

Why challenging Breathalyzer results is important

Those who are arrested for DUI will usually have to provide a sample of their blood, breath or urine to determine their blood alcohol concentration. Across the country, including North Carolina, a person can be charged with driving under the influence with a BAC of .08 percent.

In North Carolina, the breath test machine used by law enforcement to determine BAC is the Intoxilyzer 5000. The results of this test are not infallible. At the Roberts Law Group, PLLC, we can challenge the results of the breath test. Some of those challenges might include:

What happens when someone is charged with a federal crime?

If you are facing federal criminal charges, you may wonder what options you have. Because the federal criminal process is different from local and state criminal processes, it's important to have representation by an attorney experienced in defending clients against federal charges. Below, you will find out how the federal criminal process works.

-- Federal cases are heard in one of 94 federal courts with U.S. attorneys filling the role of prosecutors.

Sexual abuse reporting requirements in North Carolina

Sexual offenses such as statutory rape involve minors. This is a type of sexual abuse specifically targeted at those who are under 16 years old. There are a few exceptions if the other party is within four years of the alleged victim's age -- such as a girl of 14 and a boy of 16 -- but the rule holds true for many cases involving minors.

Of course, not all minors are going to report incidents on their own. This is true not just for statutory rape, but for other types of sexual abuse. This is why the law requires that some people make these reports on behalf of those minors.

Raleigh woman arrested over son's death in drunk driving crash

One of the hardest circumstances facing parents is to bury their children. But the grief must be unimaginable for those parents who, due to their alleged negligence, caused the death of their child.

However, one 49-year-old Raleigh woman will be facing just that reality if she survives the injuries she suffered in the fatal crash that claimed her 12-year-old son's life.

Former mayor of Charlotte goes to jail for bribery

A man who used to be the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, was caught in a bribery scheme. According to reports, someone brought him a suitcase that was entirely full of money. They boldly took it right to his office and gave it to him there. He has recently been sentenced, and he has been given four years behind bars.

This was a federal case, and so he will go to federal prison. The city of Charlotte had a very upright reputation before this case, which cast a new light on the way that the city was run.

Avoid sex crimes registry for possession of child porn

Would you believe that the simple act of possessing child pornography would land you on the sex offender registry in North Carolina? Although many may see this as a relatively minor violation, the state courts frown heavily on Internet sex crimes, which are often met with harsh penalties. Whether you are accused of sex crimes such as distribution of child pornography or even simple solicitation, you need the help of an experienced attorney to help you navigate the legal process that lies ahead.

For many North Carolina residents, anyone who is even charged with an Internet sex crime is automatically considered guilty -- even before one is convicted. Sex crimes carry a powerfully negative social stigma. However, defendants accused of committing these violations deserve the same legal protections and consideration as those afforded to those accused of other crimes.

Are you required to register for sex crimes in North Carolina?

If you have been convicted of a sex crime in North Carolina, you may be required to list your personal information on the sex crime registry. This process is not always easy to navigate, so it helps to have an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Your criminal law attorney can help you properly register after your sex crimes conviction, ensuring that you comply with state mandates for registration.

Offenders who are residents of the state are required to register immediately upon conviction if they are not subject to prison or jail time. If the defendant has been convicted and sentenced to time in custody, that person has a three-day window for registration after they are released from the penal institution.

4 arrested for drug crimes related to cocaine trafficking

News reports out of North Carolina indicate that two people from that state -- and two from Texas -- have been arrested in connection with a major drug distribution conspiracy. The four defendants, who range in age from 22 to 40, are facing accusations of drug crimes related to cocaine trafficking and conspiracy. Investigators have remained relatively tight-lipped about the specifics in the case, but it appears as though more than 400 grams of cocaine may have been involved in the bust.

The 400-gram level is a threshold for the most serious drug trafficking charges that can be pressed under existing state law. All four of these defendants have been accused of trafficking, while three of them are also facing allegations of conspiracy. One of the defendants reportedly used his 2012 Acura as a storage vehicle for transporting and selling drugs. Another defendant allegedly delivered the drugs to undercover police operatives. The seriousness of the charges is underscored by the bail amounts, which range from $400,000 to $1 million, according to authorities.

What happens if I refuse a breath test for DWI?

North Carolina residents who are subject to a drunk driving traffic stop may not know that they have the legal right to refuse a breath test while they are pulled over. Drivers who are stopped because of alcohol-related offenses may be asked to submit to a breath or blood test in connection with their DWI. These drivers may benefit from a breath test refusal, even though penalties for this decision may seem severe at the time.

What happens to my license if I refuse a breath test?

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