In many cases when a person ends up facing drug charges or license revocation, the charges are a result of an otherwise routine traffic stop. When an officer pulls someone over for speeding or texting while driving, it can progress into a search of a car which can uncover a small amount of drugs, which then leads to criminal charges. Because of seriousness of these elevated charges, scrutinizing the legalities and fairness of a traffic stop and any subsequent search is important.
Getting caught with marijuana or other drugs in North Carolina can result in a variety of punishments and penalties. Depending on the number of times a person has been charged with a crime like the sale or possession of marijuana, charges may be escalated. Because of the consequences associated with marijuana and other drug-related crimes, it may make many people ask why a person may continue to play a role in the illegal drug trade.
Police responded to an alleged incident at a bar last week. When they arrived the details at first seemed hazy. A witness reportedly told police that during a fight between two women, a large amount of cash fell onto the floor of a North Carolina club. One of the women took the money, which she was accused of stealing, and left the property. Police say they later found the woman through a cab company, and asked her about the incident.
Mothers across North Carolina found themselves stunned when doctors claimed they had exposed their newborn child to marijuana. These kinds of accusations and charges can follow a person around for many years. When a new mother is the one being charged with use or possession of marijuana, people can be extremely judgmental. However, it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
When someone is facing a rare criminal charge, they are more likely to get media attention. This attention hurts a person's reputation even before they are allowed to have a fair trial, which is every person's right. According to reports a man was arrested last weekend in Wilmington and charged with multiple crimes after leading police on a chase and then allegedly biting a police dog. While there will likely be an investigation, police reports released to the public already show the police department's side of the story.
Imagine yourself as a 16- or 17-year-old student. At this age, many people are testing boundaries and participating in acts of rebellion. It is the age at which many teens make mistakes and get in trouble. Now, imagine being this age and getting sentenced as an adult for something as minor as shoplifting a bag of chips. This perceived heavy-handed punishment is at the center of a motion presented to members of the General Assembly in North Carolina.
Young, new drivers are among the most vulnerable people on the road. With limited driving experience and a sense of invincibility, teen drivers often do not realize the dangers of certain behaviors behind the wheel. Additionally, a novice driver may be particularly susceptible to peer pressure and distraction. Often, young drivers will engage in behaviors they know are wrong because they want to look cool or they feel as though they can get away with it.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is growing tired of managing the accident scenes of teenagers who were texting and driving. In fact, its commander recently announced a new educational awareness campaign entitled "No Texting, Just Driving." The campaign will focus on educating drivers of the dangers of distracted driving, especially texting while driving. Authorities hope that education will be the key to decreasing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers.
A man was arrested Sunday after a string of break-ins. He was charged for the break-ins in Wilmington as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. A news report didn't indicate exactly how many charges the man was facing but indicated that he was arrested for probation violations before he was charged with the other crimes.
When someone hears a story involving allegations of drug trafficking, they often think of international smuggling, tense confrontations in border countries or huge groups involved in an elaborate ring. Extensive efforts are made to investigate and track down complex organizations that transport marijuana to hub cities across the country. But sometimes, drug marijuana trafficking starts in a person's very own backyard.
People often say that there is safety in numbers. While this may be true in certain situations, members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang are finding out that it may not be true when it comes to drug charges. Nineteen members of the group were recently arrested in North Carolina and South Carolina and charged with drug possession, racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering.
Being well-known or a celebrity does not necessarily mean you can do whatever you want. In most cases, mistakes or attempts to thwart the law are actually made more obvious if you have a photographer or fans chasing after you. But, just like many other people their age, famous people under 21 try to get away with underage drinking.
If you're neither a criminal defense attorney nor a seasoned criminal, you might assume that penalties for crimes are pretty much the same once you categorize them. For example, it would seem reasonable that all armed robbery convictions come with a similar amount of prison time. But there are so many variables within each incident that it can be hard to predict what sentence a defendant will face before charges are filed.
The 100 days following Memorial Day are commonly referred to as the most dangerous for teenage drivers in North Carolina. School is out, there are parties all summer, and teens are heading to and from summer jobs. The excitement and freedom of being on summer vacation is something everyone can relate to. Unfortunately, it also means that young drivers may be getting into more trouble for reckless driving and other traffic violations.