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September 2013 Archives

North Carolina school teachers face jail time in child porn case

Instances of child pornography have increased greatly in recent years, fueled mostly by the Internet revolution. Though the crime has become easier to commit -- even accidentally, as is sometimes apparently the case -- the punishments are still very severe. Even a single video or image can result in years of prison time.

Raleigh man accused of soliciting sex from a minor

Sex offenses are among the most vilified crimes in American law books, particularly those that involve minors. Often, those accused of soliciting sex from a minor are vilified and hated even before they step into the courtroom, as their name, address and the crime they are accused of is publicized as soon as they are arrested.

Man Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving After Confessing His Crime On YouTube

Matthew Cordle took his drunk driving defense into his own hands on September 3 when he announced to the world - or at least the online world - in his viral video that he had driven drunk and killed another man in the process. In his video, Cordle promised to plead guilty to his crimes and to accept his just punishment.

Suspected drunk driver pulled over by North Carolina fire truck

When dealing with a DWI or drunk driving case, one of the most important determinations that the court must make is whether the defendant's constitutional rights were violated in any way. Protection from unlimited search and seizure is one of our most important rights, and it can sometimes play a role in criminal defense cases. If, for instance, a police officer performs a traffic stop or searches a vehicle without establishing probable cause, he or she may have violated the driver's Fourth Amendment rights.

Think Twice Before Tweeting #INeedARide

Teens across the country are thinking twice before getting their driver's license or first car. Instead, teens seem more interested in their smartphones. There are probably many, many reasons for this, among those is the ability to cyberhitchhike - to post on Facebook, Twitter, a rideshare blog or even Craigslist to find someone headed in the same direction willing to take a passenger along for the ride.

NC High Court Says No To Social Media Use By Convicted Sex Offenders

A unanimous decision by the North Carolina Court of Appeals appeared to pave the way for removal of social networking restrictions on convicted sex offenders, until the NC Supreme Court stepped in and reinstated the ban, at least temporarily. According to the Court of Appeals, the restrictions against using sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and other online communication tools were an unconstitutional restriction on the free speech of those who've been convicted of a sex offense.

NC's Largest Marijuana Grow House Bust Claims He's Good Samaritan

Despite changes from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for easing prosecution of minor marijuana crimes, officials in Lincoln County and Catawba County assert that they will continue to pursue marijuana drug cases until North Carolina state law changes. For 23-year-old Joshua Silva, that means he is facing several felony drug charges related to the largest indoor grow house busted in North Carolina this year.

North Carolina prescription drug theft increases

Prescription drug crimes come in a variety of packages. Many prescription drug crimes are the result of dishonest doctors who fill out prescriptions when there is no medical need. Other times, single patients are given more pills than they require, and sell the extras. Pharmacy and hospital employees are responsible for some of the pill theft as well. According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, however, pill theft among assisted living home employees is on the rise.

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