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December 2013 Archives

Teen avoids jail on felony DUI charges

An 18-year-old man from Kannapolis, North Carolina, was facing three counts of felony intoxicated driving in an accident that resulted in the death of his friend and injuries to two other passengers in his car. Charges, however, were reduced, because the results of blood alcohol tests showed that he was not legally intoxicated. His blood alcohol concentration was less than the legal limit of .08 for DUI intoxication. He ultimately pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless homicide. The accident occurred in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after the high school graduation of everyone in the car in June.

Public opinion and sex crime charges

The consequences of a sex crime conviction may include jail time, fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender, depending on the particular incident. That registry not only presents a significant invasion of privacy, but may also hinder an individual's chances at reentering society.

Are mandatory federal sentence laws limiting defendants' options?

Facing the specter of federal criminal prosecution is likely to be anxiety inducing. Facing down prosecutors with the weight and resources of the federal government might be intimidating, which could play a role in the outcome of criminal charges.

Misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges in car accident

A 25-year-old man from Supply, North Carolina, died in a two-car accident that occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Holden Beach Road located in Brunswick County. His wife, a passenger in the car, was taken to a hospital for treatment. A car driven by a 52-year-old woman, also a resident of Supply, apparently went across the center line in the road and rammed into the man's car, inflicting fatal injuries. The road was slick from rain and that is believed to have contributed to the accident.