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10.5 year sentence in North Carolina bank robbery case

A GPS tracking device led to the arrests of three people for robbing a bank in Wilson, North Carolina, in November 2014. Two of the men had robbed the PNC Bank. They were found in the trunk of a rental car by police, who tracked the signal from the GPS device one of the robbers inadvertently picked up when he grabbed the cash. They were found with $1,579 on them, as well as a firearm.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department investigated the case. The three men, ages 58, 57 and 41, have pleaded guilty to various charges, including bank robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and aiding and abetting.

Woman arrested 38 years after walking away from halfway house

In February 1977, a woman walked away from a North Carolina halfway house. She had been convicted of writing bad checks worth more than $200 in 1974. On May 14, 2015, a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the now 68-year-old woman.

The capture resulted from the work of an FBI and North Carolina Department of Public Safety combined task force. The task force's goal is to locate 147 North Carolina escaped inmates and return them to prison. Those inmates were convicted of a variety of crimes, including drug possession, kidnapping, firearm violations and murder. According to one task force officer, it doesn't matter what the original conviction was for. They will try to locate all 147 inmates.

What are the three standard field sobriety tests?

If you're pulled over in North Carolina, a breath test can tell police if you are under the influence or not. However, before using one, the police may turn to standard field sobriety tests. There are three main ones, which are as follows:

The Walk-and-Turn (WAT)

Raleigh man arrested for sex crimes involving a child

An arrest and possible conviction on any kind of sex offense deals a devastating blow to the defendant's life. Sex offense accusations involving children increase the stakes even more, further threatening the defendant's reputation and freedom. State police officials and prosecutors typically launch aggressive campaigns against those accused of such crimes with an end goal of putting the defendants behind bars.

For one 62-year-old Raleigh man facing three counts of first-degree sexual acts with a female child under the age of 13, the nightmare is just beginning. Reports indicate that the defendant knew the child and allegedly carried out sexual acts with her between June 2013 and July 2014. Worsening the situation, the police have also charged the man with "taking indecent liberties with a child." It is unclear if these additional charges involve the same child.

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.

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