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How are state and federal courts different?

The United States has two kinds of courts, and depending on your allegedly criminal actions, you could end up defending yourself in either state or federal court. Both these courts have key differences; therefore, it's important you learn what those differences are so that you can better handle your legal proceedings.

Local and state courts fall under the control of a state, such as North Carolina, which manages the activities of all its state, local, city, county and municipal courts. Federal courts, on the other hand, fall under the control of the Constitution and any laws passed by the United States Congress.

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Drunk driver claims the life of university freshmen

An 18-year-old woman died in a tragic drunk driving crash last week. The accident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. in Durham. A 25-year-old driver from Durham lost control of her vehicle, crossed into opposing traffic and hit another vehicle head-on.

An 18-year-old man was driving the car that was hit. The 18-year-old woman who died was a passenger in his car. Authorities pronounced her dead at the accident scene. The driver of the car that was hit and two other passengers were rushed to the hospital. As of last reports, police indicated that they suffered from non life-threatening injuries.

How does smoking marijuana affect my driving?

Some marijuana smokers claim that they can drive safely while intoxicated by the drug. Others are of the opinion that it's very dangerous to driver after smoking. Regardless what your opinion is, it's illegal to smoke marijuana and operate a vehicle in North Carolina. Those found guilty of drugged driving could find themselves facing extremely serious criminal penalties.

According to experts, marijuana impairs motor coordination, slows down reaction time and decreases judgment abilities. Scientific studies have also revealed a relationship between the amount of THC in the bloodstream and the degree to which driving ability is impaired.

Did you get arrested for carrying your prescription medicine?

Many North Carolina residents rely on their prescription drugs just to make it through the day. Pain medications can work miracles to help someone alleviate back pain that would normally prevent a worker from doing his or her job. Sleeping pills can help an insomniac get the bed rest his or she needs, and psychological medications can calm a patient's unbearable anxiety.

Still, prescription drugs are highly regulated, and if you're caught in possession of many forms of prescription drugs illegally, North Carolina police could accuse you of a host of drug-related crimes. Rest assured, however, if you've been arrested and accused of unlawful prescription drug possession, you will have the right to a criminal defense.

How does the government spend its crime enforcement money?

If you were to ask the average person how the federal government is spending its crime-enforcement dollars, he or she would probably say it's spent on drug enforcement. However, a new report released by the Department of Justice last Thursday shows that the federal government is spending half of its crime-enforcement resources on immigration violations.

The report looked at information from 165,256 arrests from 2014. Of those arrests, 81,000 were for immigration-related offenses. Interestingly, two-thirds of those arrests happened close to the border with Mexico. Many of the arrests made were of repeat offenders.

The Second Amendment in the 21st Century: The Twin Developments of Constitutional Carry and Bans on Assault Weapons

It's not hard to see a future where many states allow so-called "constitutional carry" - your gun on your hip or in your purse - so long as it's not a submachine gun.

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In this post, we look at recent legal developments on guns, in North Carolina and on the national stage, starting with a proposal to allow conceal carry without a permit.

How does a DUI plea bargain work?

Every drunk driving case in North Carolina is different. Depending on the case, a defense lawyer might be able to defend his or her client's innocence. In other situations, a conviction could be likely. When a conviction is likely, your DUI lawyer might encourage you to try and negotiate a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.

In a plea bargain, the defendant agrees to enter a guilty plea -- often to a less severe charge. In exchange for the guilty plea, the defendant will usually receive a dramatically reduced sentence. For example, perhaps the defendant will be sentenced to community service instead of jail, or he or she will need to attend an alcohol program rather than lose the ability to drive.

Police say they found 16 pounds of marijuana in hotel room

Police conducted a search in two Budget Inn rooms earlier this week. The search resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old man. Allegedly, the man was hiding 16 pounds of marijuana in his hotel room. Police say that as soon as they entered one room, the man ran away on foot, but they apprehended him shortly thereafter.

Additionally, police claim that they uncovered 93 grams of hash oil, a vehicle, multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia and $7,300 in cash during the operation. The man has now been charged with felony-level drug trafficking, marijuana possession and drug manufacturing. He is currently being held on bail of $100,000.

Follow the Money: Trump's 'For-Profit Justice'

Can an article from 2015 be just as relevant today as it was two years ago?

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The answer is yes, when it's about for-profit prisons. It's without-a-doubt yes, following the recent news that the Justice Dept. killed Obama's executive order (under direction of recently beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions) that sought to do away with private contractors in federal prisons.

Now why would the DOJ want to save private contractors?

Maybe it has something to do with the biggest lobby no one is talking about, as a writer for the Washington Post put it back in 2015.

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