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July 2018 Archives

Intentional versus unintentional crimes

Sometimes North Carolina residents intentionally commit a crime -- perhaps by knowingly selling an illegal drug. Other times, they unintentionally commit a crime -- perhaps by accidentally walking away with someone else's cellphone or by breaking a law that they didn't know existed (or a law that they didn't fully understand). When a crime is committed by a defendant unintentionally, it's defined in two different ways by referring to it as either a "mistake in fact" or "mistake of law."

Could the federal government legalize marijuana soon?

There's no telling how soon the federal government could legalize marijuana, but certain U.S. senators are putting in significant effort in this direction. Recently, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a new bill that would serve to decriminalize marijuana by removing it from the federal government's schedule of controlled substances.

Supreme Court strikes down warrantless search of motorcycle in driveway

Privacy rights are at the heart of a free society. The Fourth Amendment provides valuable protection against unreasonable government intrusion. Police can't break down your door for no reason. They can't search your belongings without justification. They can't arrest you on a whim.

Zero tolerance drunk driving charges in North Carolina

When it comes to drunk driving, North Carolina is a zero tolerance state in multiple ways. In our state, zero tolerance drunk driving laws apply to the following three categories of drivers: commercial vehicle drivers, school bus drivers and motorists under the age of 21.

This man is spending life in prison for a nonviolent LSD crime

Federal authorities caught a man named Robert James Riley mailing LSD to a friend in 1993. The friend who received the LSD testified against Riley and received a minor sentence for the offense. Riley, on the other hand, was sentenced to life in federal prison without parole.

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