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March 2012 Archives

North Carolina professor arrested for alleged drug trafficking

There are many stories about people who unknowingly carry drugs between countries. Sometimes they are hidden in an item given as a gift, other times they are concealed in luggage. The situation is not uncommon, but defending charges of drug trafficking can be difficult. A professor at the University of North Carolina is finding this out now.

North Carolina law allows citizens to arrest each other

Ever have a dispute with your neighbor? Perhaps you've considered calling the police and having him arrested. Or, if you live in North Carolina, you can do the legwork yourself. Not everyone is aware of the state law that allows citizens to take out misdemeanor warrants without police involvement. This type of law only exists in a small handful of states. But the courts are well aware of it, and many prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges are pushing lawmakers to make a change.

Stressed out students may be abusing illegal drugs

Students across North Carolina find themselves in crunch time during the second half of the school year. College students are feeling the squeeze of finals and graduation. In high school, students are taking college-entrance exams and balancing academics with several other activities. The pressure of all this can be overwhelming to many, and some are turning to using illegal drugs to help them focus and achieve. While rare, it is still possible for a young person to face criminal charges for this behavior.

Gang fight results in seven girls facing criminal assault charges

Several middle schools students are facing serious charges for a fight that occurred on school grounds. Although fights are rather normal everyday occurrences in many schools, this particular incident could result in serious consequences for those involved. Young people make mistakes all the time, but sometimes the charges may be extreme for the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Could marriage amendment affect N.C.'s domestic violence law?

As North Carolina residents prepare to vote on Amendment One, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, some opponents of the amendment are stirring up a new controversy by pointing out that the law could remove protections against domestic violence for unmarried couples.

North Carolina drivers who don't pull over could lose car

Getting pulled over by a police officer can be pretty unfortunate. No one wants to get a ticket for speeding, texting while driving, rolling through a stop sign or other traffic violations. Besides the fines, multiple traffic tickets may affect a person's insurance rates and driving record. Some drivers in North Carolina want to escape these - and worse - penalties so badly that they decide not to pull over when an officer tells them to.

Jurisdiction issues protect N.C. home invasion suspects

When it comes to arrests, how much does police jurisdiction matter? Is an officer allowed to make an arrest even if he's not in his department's city? These questions were raised in a recent case involving a Wrightville Beach, North Carolina, home invasion. The case also led to the demotion of two officers.

Off to Court--Companies Challenge New Trucking Hours Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it has decided not to change its 11-hour shift limit for truck drivers. The agency was under pressure from other government transportation agencies and some members of the public to lower the cap to 10-hour shifts, in the interest of protecting other drivers on the road from fatigued truck driver accidents.

Traffic violation leads to trafficking charge

It may not take much to catch the attention of a police officer who is already looking to pull someone over. A small action or non-action can be all that an officer needs to turn on the lights and sirens. Motorists should be aware, however, that routine traffic stops can lead to serious charges of drug trafficking.

Teenage Driving Deaths Rise in 2011 in North Carolina

For the first time in eight years, there was an increase in teenage deaths due to car accidents during the first half of 2011. Deaths for 16- and 17-year-old drivers increased 11 percent during the first half of last year rising from 190 to 211 deaths. North Carolina was also among the states that saw a significant jump in teen car accident deaths.

Marijuana possession charges for North Carolina student

Students who face charges of marijuana possession owe it to themselves to try and resolve the unfortunate situation quickly and effectively. At stake may be a person's record, college scholarships and future opportunities. There may be ways for a young person to challenge the charges or try to have the damage of a conviction minimized.

Boy who carried gun that injured classmate receives sentence

If a young child is accused of a crime, how should he or she be prosecuted? If the child is convicted of a violent crime, what kind of sentence is appropriate? Some would argue that everyone, no matter what age, should be held accountable for their own actions. Others say it depends on the child's age or the type of crime. These issues are hammered out on a daily basis in juvenile court cases across the country, and the answers never seem to get easier.

North Carolina student tased in cafeteria fight

Chances are pretty good that most high school or college students in North Carolina have witnessed a fight on school grounds before. Emotions run very high at young ages and the ability to control impulses may not be fully developed. While keeping students safe should be a top priority at all schools, minor incidences should not have to result in jail time, criminal records and a student arrest.

While illegal, texting while driving can be difficult to prove

It is not uncommon for a person to get briefly distracted by his or her phone. The urge to quickly send a message, comment on a Facebook status or check an email is too tempting for some. However, under the state law in North Carolina, drivers who are cited for texting and driving are committing a traffic violation and can be fined. Even if it is just for a second, being distracted while driving can cause serious accidents.