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December 2013 Archives

Alleged train robbers accused of federal crimes

It's not everyday that you hear about train robbery in the state of North Carolina. But, an incident in April 2012 confirms that train robberies still occur. Two North Carolina men are accused of federal crimes in connection with the alleged robbery of a Norfolk Southern train, from which they stole $30 and several credit cards that belonged to the engineer and other employees.

Teacher gets light sentence for 1980s sex crimes

A local North Carolina teacher must register as a sex offender and surrender her teaching license after she pleaded guilty to charges of indecent liberties with a child that date back two decades. The woman, who was 29 years old when she began a relationship with a high school student in the 1980s, admitted to the sex crimes that occurred at a high school in Catawba County more than 20 years ago. The alleged victim, now 41 years old, says that the woman told him that she wanted to have his baby.

Golf pro accused of sex crimes in North Carolina, other states

A sex crimes investigation involving a West Coast golf pro has made its way into four other states, including North Carolina. The man, known as one of the top 50 golf coaches for kids in the nation, is facing allegations of sexual abuse from several of the children he instructed. The sex crimes allegations surfaced after three former pupils came forward with abuse claims, insisting that the man harmed them between 2009 and 2012.

North Carolina DWI case dismissed; prosecutor delay blamed

A North Carolina man's drunk driving case has been thrown out by the state's Court of Appeals after it was determined that prosecutors had taken too long to proceed to trial. The man, who was arrested in June 2010, was forced to wait for more than three years in the DWI matter, which was thrown out in early December. State courts determined that the man's constitutional rights had been violated, because he was prohibited from proceeding to trial within a reasonable amount of time.

Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges After Western NC Meth Bust

A federal indictment charges at least nine members of an alleged drug ring of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine in western North Carolina. At least three more individuals are wanted in connection with the meth ring.

Instagram Photos Lead To Felon-In-Possession Charges

The first piece of advice you'll likely hear from any criminal defense attorney is to keep quiet about the charges you face. Whether you did or did not commit the crime you have been accused of, anything you say can be used against you in court.

Falsely Labeled A Sex Offender, Condo Owner Fights Back

We know, as criminal defense lawyers, that false accusations of sex offenses happen. Allegations of rape, sexual battery and even child sexual abuse are made for many reasons other than holding an individual responsible for criminal acts. We defend those falsely accused of a sex crime and work to help clear the names of those who are wrongly facing the North Carolina criminal justice system.

Woman charged for prescription drug possession

In many instances, we think about drug trafficking charges being related to illegal drugs such as marijuana or cocaine. Prescription drug trafficking is also fairly prevalent, however, with scores of criminal defendants facing charges throughout North Carolina because of possession and distribution drug crimes. Now, one Iredell County woman is facing serious penalties after she was allegedly found distributing a large number of prescription painkillers in the area.

Man gets 6 months for faking federal hate crime

A man who was convicted of making false statements to police officers in 2001 in North Carolina has now pleaded guilty to federal charges that he faked a hate crime. The man admitted in an East Coast court that he had set his own house aflame and attempted to convince authorities that a hate crime had been committed. The 42-year-old man will only serve six months' prison time in connection with the hate crime itself. That six-month term for federal crimes will be served concurrently with a two-year arson sentence imposed by the state.

Raleigh couple charged for possession of 3 different drugs

When police make an arrest for drug charges, often the charges themselves have a way of multiplying. What could be seen as a single transgression - being found in possession of a controlled substance - can easily result in multiple charges. These could include charges for trafficking, conspiracy charges or charges for maintaining a home or vehicle as a place to hold or sell drugs.

Georgia middle school students accused of sexting

It's a common belief that as our technology grows and evolves, our laws must grow and evolve to appropriately govern it. Applying outdated or narrowly applied laws to new technology can result in serious miscarriages of justice, as overly strict punishments are applied out of proportion to the crime.

Does It Matter Who Had The Gun During A Federal Drug Crime?

Drug trafficking crimes will trigger mandatory minimum sentences at both the state and federal level. Possession of a deadly weapon - like a gun - during the commission of a drug crime is considered an aggravating factor that will mean more time in prison upon conviction. Under federal law, it doesn't matter if you actually fire the gun during a drug crime or if you aide and abet the firing of the gun, you will be punished the same if found guilty of possessing a gun during the commission of a drug offense.

$100,000 Goes Missing, Embezzlement Indictment Take Its Place

A former North Carolina fire chief is facing embezzlement charges. The former head of a volunteer fire department has been accused of taking at least $100,000 from the organization, based on reports of the charges filed against him. The grand jury returned a true bill on embezzlement and larceny charges against the Robeson County fire chief, meaning he was indicted on the financial crimes. He self-surrendered to authorities after the indictment.

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