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Supreme Court Votes in Favor of First Amendment, Against North Carolina's Ban on Social Media

"In sum, to foreclose access to social media altogether is to prevent the user from engaging in the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights."

- Justice Anthony Kennedy


Last week on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision regarding the rights of convicted sex offenders to use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In essence, the Court found that the First Amendment right to freedom of speech outweighs North Carolina's law prohibiting convicted sex offenders from using sites that minor children may also use.

When a drug-related search and seizure is unlawful

Getting charged with drug possession can happen following a routine traffic stop. This is actually one of the most common ways that North Carolina residents get accused of drug possession. A patrol officer might pull you over for a speeding violation, see something that looks like drugs on your backseat and then order a search of your vehicle. If the search reveals illicit substances, you might get arrested and charged with possession.

No matter how strongly evidence appears to point toward your guilt, however, North Carolina criminal law courts are bound by the rule of law to see you as innocent until -- and only if -- the prosecution can prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Until this happens, you will have every opportunity to defend yourself.

23-year-old woman charged with manslaughter after fatal crash

A motorist was involved in a serious collision that left a bicyclist catastrophically injured last Friday. According to authorities, the 23-year-old female driver who hit the bicyclist was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Police also say that she fled the scene of the accident.

Police say that the bicyclist was found lying in the road where the driver allegedly left him. He was rushed to the hospital but tragically, he didn't survive and doctors pronounced him dead at the medical facility.

25-year-old man wanted in North Carolina caught in Florida

A 25-year-old man was apprehended by Florida authorities earlier this week. Allegedly, when police arrested him, the man was sitting inside a stolen car at a St. Augustine Beach. Allegedly, someone had given him the car in exchange for meth.

The young man, who was wanted in North Carolina, was arrested at approximately 8 p.m. last Sunday. Police did not take notice of him until an officer ran a report on the tags of an unoccupied Chrysler Sebring. After running the plates, the officer found that the car had been reported stolen.

Police arrest wrong-way driver on Interstate 485

Every time a North Carolina resident is accused of drunk driving, he or she will have the opportunity to defend against the charges in court. Up until a conviction occurs, the court will view the accused person as innocent of the alleged crimes. Furthermore, in order for a conviction to occur, the evidence must be strong enough to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

In one recent case, it appears that authorities have gathered strong evidence against a woman who was allegedly driving the wrong way down Interstate 485 for miles. Authorities say that she is fortunate to be alive following the incident. Police believe that she was driving the wrong way for approximately 13 miles and she never got into a crash.

North Carolina driver accused of DUI following fatal crash

A tragic accident claimed the life of a 44-year-old woman on a recent Tuesday afternoon in Johnston County. The driver faulted for the crash suffered injuries, but the extent of those injuries is unclear. After North Carolina troopers arrived on scene, they accused the at-fault driver of being drunk.

The fatal collision happened at around 2:24 p.m. not far from the landfill in Johnston County. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a Toyota Tacoma was traveling down the roadway when it suddenly crossed the center line. The Tacoma, which was traveling northbound while pulling a trailer collided head-on with a southbound Ford Mustang. Unfortunately, the 44-year-old woman at the wheel of the Mustang didn't survive.

Patrick Roberts one of only a handful of Raleigh-area 'Distinguished Counsel'

NADC_logo_200.pngThe National Association of Distinguished Counsel recognizes the nation's top one percent of lawyers, based on its four-stage selection criteria. The NADC is "dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence." The four stages include:

1. Nomination

2. Vetting

3. Panel selection

4. Judicial review

As per the NADC, its selection process is objective and rigorous. Those who are ultimately awarded the honor of being included among the "Nation's Top Attorneys" represent some of the "finest lawyers in the country."

Northampton County officers seize 78 bricks of heroin

The Northampton Sheriff's Office conducted a massive heroin bust last week. Following a 10-month investigation, officers raided a suspected drug home along Highway 258. The officers claim to have found 78 heroin bricks, 5.3 ounces of cocaine, 4.2 ounces of crack, an AK-47, a handgun and five vehicles at the residence.

In carrying out the drug raid, officers only arrested one man -- a 22-year-old -- whom authorities have since charged with drug trafficking cocaine and heroin. Authorities described the young man as a "high level drug dealer," but said that they "wouldn't call him a kingpin."

North Carolina man sentenced to a max of 70 years in prison

Being accused of drug crime is clearly not the same as being convicted of a drug crime. In North Carolina, anyone accused of a crime, no matter how serious the charges happens to be, will have the legal right a criminal defense. Furthermore, not until -- and only if -- a North Carolina court finds the accused person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, will he or she be subject to the threat of punishment. Until that moment, the individual will remain innocent of his or her alleged crimes.

A North Carolina man, who was recently arrested on methamphetamine-related charges, went through this legal process and, ultimately, he was convicted of trafficking the drug, in addition to other related crimes. The 30-year-old man was sentenced to 70.5 years in prison, and he will not be eligible for release until 56 years have passed. The district attorney's office was pleased with the sentencing.

Cheerleading coach arrested for alleged sex crimes

A cheerleading coach from Concord, North Carolina, has been arrested on allegations that he committed sex crimes against children on his cheerleading team. The 19-year-old cheerleading coach formerly worked with Impact One North, a cheer organization based out of Concord. The organization no longer employs the man.

According to law enforcement officials, the man will face two charges of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He will also face one charge of indecent liberties with a child. Warrants for the man's arrest show that the accuser was a 13-year-old, who attended the cheer organization where he worked.

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