Job-seekers with a felony conviction often face an uphill battle in finding gainful employment. Before even having a chance to meet face-to-face with a potential employer, the applicant has had to disclose that there is a felony conviction on his or her criminal record. Unfortunately, many employers will screen out the application, never allowing the individual a chance to explain.
In December, Durham police responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting near Truman Street. When police arrived, they found a 29-year-old man with gunshot wounds who required hospitalization. The man police believe is connected to the shooting was recently found in Florida and arrested by U.S. Marshals.
Two men have been arrested and charged with various forms of breaking and entering, including two counts a piece for intent to commit felony larceny after a police pursuit ended in a two-car collision. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Johnson and 23-year-old Nicolas Losito stand accused of working together to rob 34 businesses in Cary, Apex and Morrisville.
After being convicted for taking property by false pretenses, a former North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) administrator is still able to receive his full pension. As of December 1, 2012, a public employee will forfeit his or her pension benefits if convicted of a felony that is related to his or her public position. The law exempts the contributions made by the employee and any and interest earned on those contributions.
A month ago, two people were attacked by about five men outside of Raleigh restaurant La Volta. Police recently released surveillance photographs of the incident and are asking for the public's help in finding those involved in the late-night assault.
For those who are awaiting trial for a North Carolina felony offense or for those convicted of only a misdemeanor criminal offense, you still maintain your right to vote. If you are convicted of a felony however, you immediately lose that right along with certain other 'citizenship rights.'
Once you've been convicted of a state or federal felony, federal law prohibits you from possessing a gun. If you're caught with a firearm and have a felony conviction, you can be sent to prison for illegally possessing the weapon.
After receiving a tip from another student, Chatham County Deputies arrested three students, ages 17, 17 and 20, and charged each with at least one felony drug offense. The police tip that kicked off the investigation and arrests related to possession of LSD blotter paper and possible sale of LSD paper on or off of school grounds.
Just over a year ago, North Carolina began requiring a DNA sample from anyone charged with a higher-level felony offense including, among others, murder, manslaughter, rape, other sex offenses, kidnapping, most felony assaults, stalking and cyberstalking.
North Carolina has the toughest laws in the country for 16 and 17-year-olds accused of crimes. Since 1919, these young people are tried as adults if they are charged with any crime, felonies as well as misdemeanors.