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Massive drug bust: Authorities seize 2,200 pounds of pot

North Carolina law enforcement authorities have arrested six people in connection with 2,200 pounds of marijuana. Police suspect the individuals were participating in a marijuana trafficking operation. The seized drugs are said to hold a value of approximately $3 million.

Among the arrested individuals were six men and women ranging in ages from 25 to 67. Authorities charged all of them with conspiracy to traffic marijuana after raiding a home in Buncombe County.

Day Without Immigrants: Do We Need Them? Or Are We 'Just Fine' Without Them?

On the Day Without Immigrants, one Facebook status update proclaimed that we're "just fine" without them.

That Facebooker is very likely on the wrong side of history here, but she is certainly entitled to her opinion.

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The official Twitter hashtag is #diasininmigrantes, or #daywithoutimmigrants. Today, Feb. 16, 2017, is the Day Without Immigrants. It's a Thursday in which the good old-fashioned American consumer drove to the strip mall or corner store only to find the place closed for business, doors locked.

The Day Without Immigrants is a protest over arrests made across the country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, at the behest of the Trump administration.

WFAE News in Charlotte reports that more than 250 businesses in the area closed for the day. School attendance is down, too. One teacher's tweet, accompanied with a picture of the classroom: "Empty desks today as over half my class stays home."

Authorities arrest 2 in Raleigh on marijuana, heroin charges

Raleigh police arrested two individuals on marijuana and heroin charges last month. According to authorities, they arrested a 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman in northeast Raleigh.

Police arrested the man after stopping him at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening. They seized nearly three pounds of marijuana and 41 grams of heroin at the time of the arrest.

Cary man arrested and accused of marijuana trafficking

North Carolina residents need to remember that even though some states have legalized recreational marijuana, our state has not. Therefore, if you or a loved one are caught with a large quantity of marijuana, you could face serious criminal consequences. Indeed, when a large quantity of this drug is found, authorities will frequently accuse you of trafficking offenses.

One recent case last month involves a North Carolina man accused of drug trafficking after being found with a large amount of marijuana. The man -- from Cary -- has been charged with drug trafficking and other drug-related charges. Raleigh police arrested the man late last month. They say he was carrying over 11 pounds of marijuana in addition to hash oil.

Two Future Superstar Attorneys of North Carolina

Winners of the First Roberts Law Group Bar Exam Scholarship

Two hardworking law students are about to take the February bar exam. No matter what happens (though they'll do just fine, based on what we've seen of them so far) they're already winners in our book, who impressed us with their answers to the question:

  • "If you had to choose between working as a prosecutor and working as a defense lawyer, which would you choose, and why?"

Evelyn Saxton of Goldsboro and Danielle Feller of Mooresville both won our first Roberts Law Group scholarship for bar takers, taking home $2,500 each, to help defray the cost of bar exam study and preparation.

Say Hello to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Hugely Tremendous or Total Disaster for Criminal Justice Reform?

Sessions has a mixed record on criminal lawmaking, but he may very well take the idea of criminal justice "reform" as getting even tougher on crime.

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Remember the go-go 1980s? There was McGruff the Crime Dog. There was "This is your brain on drugs." There was "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime," a line that seems tailored fit, as though Sen. Jefferson Sessions came up with it himself.

On Nov. 18, 2016, then President-elect Donald Trump made it known that he would nominate Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, making Sessions chief government lawyer and top "cop" as head of the Dept. of Justice. As a member of the President's Cabinet, Sessions would be one of Trump's trusted advisers on matters of justice and law enforcement.

That is exactly why Sessions has plenty of opposition among those who were hoping for progress on the issue of criminal justice reform.

Should I take a Breathalyzer test when asked?

Whether or not to agree to a breathalyzer test is a hard question to answer. For one, there is the fact that breathalyzer tests are known to create false positive results that sometimes show a completely sober person as inebriated. There is also the fact that breathalyzer testing laws create immediate consequences for any driver who refuses to submit to a test after being pulled over by a police officer.

In North Carolina, refusal to submit to an alcohol test will result in a one-year driving suspension, though some drivers may be able to apply to resume driving after six months. However, in some cases, drivers might decide that refusing the test is advantageous if they are extremely drunk -- if they believe the test results will be used to ultimately convict them.

Obama commutes prison sentence for Chelsea Manning

President Obama succeeded in pardoning a final 330 individuals just before finishing up his final term as President of the United States. Those he pardoned were mostly nonviolent drug offenders, which brought his total amount of clemencies to 1,715. This broke records for presidential pardons granted.

During his tenure as POTUS, President Obama commuted the sentences of more prisoners than the last dozen presidents put together. Of that total, 568 were serving life sentences.

Common elements in a DWI defense

At Roberts Law Group in Raleigh, North Carolina, we regularly defend individuals in DWI cases. These cases often have a different story surrounding them, but some themes we continue to see again and again. Since we have seen these situations numerous times before, over time, we have developed a legal arsenal of defense techniques that can be used on behalf of our clients who these situations apply to.

Let's take a look at some of the most common elements we see in North Carolina DWI cases:

Prison population drops as crime rates continue to decline

North Carolina residents will be happy to hear that the number of U.S. residents being held in prison continues to decline. Nationwide statistics point to a prison population that is just under 2.2 million people -- who are currently being held in federal, state and local prisons -- as of year-end 2015. This figure represents a drop of 51,000 inmates compared to year-end 2014, which is the biggest inmate population decline since 2009.

As for the federal prison system specifically, inmate populations lowered by a full 7 percent. Meanwhile, prison statistics for states across the nation averaged a 2 percent decline. Only 29 states saw a decline in inmates in their prison systems, but according to the report, many states are making great strides toward reforming how they deal with people who have been convicted of crimes -- with North Carolina being seen as one of the leaders of the pack in this regard.

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