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."
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.
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.
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.
Ever since the United States began its war on drugs, state and federal governments have been vigilant in policing the nation to eradicate instances of drug possession, drug sales, drug manufacturing and other violations pertaining to controlled substances. However, just because you were accused of one of these crimes does not necessarily mean that you'll be found guilty.
Everyone has heard stories of racially motivated arrests, and most people know that they're a problem. However, when these incidents are recorded on video, they have a much stronger effect on the public. Whether it's a false arrest for a drug crime, a jaywalking crime or trespassing, these incidents should not go unnoticed. Public outcry and protests may be the only way for all Americans to receive equal treatment by law enforcement.
A man from Candler has been arrested on charges of drug trafficking. Authorities say that the man was in possession of nearly 7 pounds of methamphetamine when they took him into custody.
Being accused of a crime such as drug possession is one thing. Being convicted of the crime is another. As with any kind of criminal charge, prosecutors will need to prove that the accused person was in possession of illegal substances and guilty of drug possession under the letter of the law. If the prosecution cannot prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant will remain innocent of the crime and will not face any kind of punishment.