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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.

The grand jury begins the potential trial process

When a person is arrested and facing criminal charges, it's very important for that person to know not only the charges being faced, but also how the entire process is going to play out. While many people think that this starts with a trial, that is not always the case. It may start with a grand jury.

In a lot of ways, a grand jury is similar to a preliminary hearing. The goal is to examine what information and evidence the prosecution has brought forward. The jury takes a look at that evidence and decides if the case should go to trial.

Young people need to know the legal issues with 'sexting'

You've probably heard the term "sexting" a lot in the news lately. If you're not sure what it means, here is the definition: Sexting refers to sending sexually explicit images through an electronic medium like a computer or cellphone. It is common among teens, but the ramifications of such actions can be very steep.

Some studies have shown that sexting is so common that one out of five teens do it. Cellphones are common in young teens' hands and peer pressure is everywhere. However, the pictures can end up all over the Internet, including the in-boxes of everyone the teen may know. Most teens believe that their nude pictures will never end up any farther than whom they were meant for. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and some people have even committed suicide rather than face the humiliation.

Man wanted on federal charges found in North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina, was the location of a man from Ohio who was wanted on several federal charges. The 33-year-old man was located there on June 9. According to authorities, the man is believed to be a member of a gang called the Short North Posse.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation offered an award for information leading to the arrest of the man -- $5,000. Reports do not specify if someone will collect the award or not.

Can I get arrested for possessing synthetic marijuana?

Synthetic marijuana is often marketed as an easy and "legal" substance to get high. Those who use, manufacture and/or sell synthetic marijuana claim that the THC -- which is the substance in marijuana that gives users their "high" feeling -- is mimicked in synthetic cannabinoids.

A survey in 2012 found that one in nine high school seniors had used synthetic marijuana in the past year. The Monitoring the Future survey reports that only marijuana tops synthetic pot as the most commonly used illicit drug for 12th graders.

Don't You Love It When It Gets Easier to Get Out of Traffic Tickets?


Well, you can't exactly "get out" of them, but for some North Carolina drivers facing certain types of moving violations, the powers-that-be in Wake County just made a few changes that will result in better outcomes for some of our clients.

These are the moving violations:

  • Driving while license revoked (DWLR)
  • Speeding in general
  • Speeding in a school zone

If you've been cited for one of these offenses in Wake County, keep reading to learn more about your eligibility, then give us a call (866-630-2389) to see how we can help you.

The perception of online predators is wrong

Thanks to television shows and other sources, people often have the idea that Internet sex crimes are really based in trickery. They think of men posing as young girls in chat rooms, for example, and then meeting up with other children without revealing their identity.

However, some sources have claimed that this perception is fairly wrong. In most of these cases, it's claimed, the online crimes look nothing like that. Instead, the crimes are more related to statutory rape.

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