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November 2013 Archives

Man with ignition interlock device charged with DUI

Ignition interlock devices are a relative newcomer to the drunk driving enforcement scene. Yet in recent years, they have seen enormous and growing popularity among lawmakers and anti-drunk driving organizations. Ignition interlocks are devices that are installed in the vehicles of people who have been convicted of drunk driving. The laws that mandate ignition interlocks vary from state to state, but usually they are installed after a driver has been convicted of DUI or DWI multiple times.

Authorities find nearly 2 tons of marijuana hidden in furniture

Smuggling marijuana is a relatively common practice in America today; this is evidenced clearly by the widespread use of marijuana in America. Transporting any amount of marijuana for the purposes of selling is illegal and comes with extremely heavy penalties. As a result, drug smugglers are famous for the varied and creative ways with which they conceal illegal substances in hopes of evading the authorities.

Does A Solicitation Charge Require Actually Meeting The Minor?

Solicitation of a minor to commit an unlawful sex act by a computer or other electronic means is made criminal by N.C. G.S. § 14-202.3. If you are 16 or older and "entice, advise, coerce, order or command" a minor under the age of 16 and who is at least five years younger than you are to meet with you to engage in an unlawful sex act, you can be charged with solicitation of a minor in North Carolina.

Duke LaCrosse Accuser Found Guilty Of Murder In Own Trial

Crystal Magnum has been found guilty of second degree murder in the stabbing death of her then-boyfriend Reginald Daye in 2011. The 12-person jury took two days to come to the guilty verdict in a case that pitted the prosecution's version of murder against the defense team's version of self defense.

North Carolina teacher accused of marijuana possession

When a person is accused of drug possession, the penalties can be much greater than the punishments handed down by the law. The justice system's punishment for marijuana possession, for example, can mean heavy fines or jail time. However, a conviction for drug crimes can have much wider effects than these. In particular, drug charges can interrupt, or, in many cases, destroy one's professional life.

Woman gets DUI on her way to pick up friends from jail

For many people, it can be very difficult to know exactly how much alcohol is too much when they get behind the wheel. Many people feel that having one beer before getting on the road is legal, but having eight is not. Somewhere in between, then is the breaking point between a legal driver and a DWI.

Cary man facing federal charges for alleged terrorist links

It can be difficult for many readers to understand the difference between state and federal charges. In the simplest terms, a federal crime can be described as a breach of federal law. However, many activities violate both state and federal laws. Marijuana use, for example, is against the law in most states, but it is also prohibited by federal law.

North Carolina woman accused of embezzlement

For many years, white collar crime has been viewed as a "lesser" crime ? punishable by fines or probation but rarely long jail sentences. This perception, however, may not be accurate. Recent history has shown that authorities are all too willing to pass down heavy sentences for white collar crime. After all, Bernie Madoff, the most famous white collar criminal in recent years, was sentenced to 150 years in prison for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

File-Sharing Networks And Child Pornography

If you are a member of a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network, you are considered both a consumer of information and a supplier on that network. If the content you are sharing includes photos, videos or other depictions of minors involved in sexually explicit activity, you could be in for a world of trouble. And by trouble, we mean state or federal sex offense charges.

46-Year-Old Ride Operator Charged With Assault At NC State Fair

Critical safety features in the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair had been tampered with according to investigators, allowing the carnival ride to be set in motion while riders were attempting to exit. The ride operator, a 46-year-old man from Georgia is facing felony assault charges in relation to the NC State Fair tragedy; his first court appearance was last week.

Forged prescription leads to litany of charges

It's common knowledge that drug crimes are treated very seriously in American. Often, they're prosecuted as a federal offense and can lead to years or decades of imprisonment. Even after one is released, they will suffer from reduced opportunities in the job market as a result of their previous conviction.

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