Every criminal defendant has the right to his or her day in court. In many cases, this right can be of enormous benefit to a defendant, regardless of whether the defendant will be found guilty of the crime or not. In some cases, a chance for the defendant to tell his or her version of the story – even if that version of the story involves an admission of guilt – can help the defendant in terms of the outcome of the criminal proceedings.
Earlier this week, the Canadian Senate voted to legalize recreational marijuana, overturning 95 years of prohibition. The groundbreaking vote has made Canada the second nation in the world (behind Uruguay) to legalize.
Imagine the following circumstance: You go out to a bar on a Saturday night -- and although you're slightly embarrassed to admit it -- you had an unusually good time. You also drank far too much alcohol and paid for it the next day with a pounding headache. The worst part about it, though, is that you woke up in a jail cell the following day because police arrested and accused you of drunk driving.
A simple traffic stop has led to a drug arrest in Huntersville. According to police in the area, they pulled over a 27-year-old man at approximately 1 a.m. last Tuesday, June 12. It started as a stop for a traffic violation. However, when police got closer to the vehicle, they claim to have smelled a strong odor of alcohol.
Last week, the Justice Department announced the creation of more than 300 Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions nationwide. It's the most significant expansion in decades.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says it wants to reduce instances of drug crime in North Carolina's Eastern District. To do so, the U.S. Attorney's Office has issued an initiative that will serve to combat drug crime throughout the area, specifically focusing on violent drug crime.
It's illegal to possess drug paraphernalia – everyone knows this – but many people don't exactly know what legally constitutes drug paraphernalia. This is because anything can be drug paraphernalia given the right context. Imagine a piece of tinfoil. If the tinfoil is wrapped around a banana in the refrigerator, it's just a piece of tinfoil. If it's wrapped around an apple that's been carved out to serve as a makeshift marijuana pipe, on the other hand, and it has marijuana smoke residue inside it, then it's drug paraphernalia.