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Misdemeanors Archives

Drug offenses: many factors can weigh in on charging, outcomes

Many of our readers in North Carolina and elsewhere might reasonably view that some criminal offenses, even if construed with utmost seriousness by state law enforcers and prosecuted with vigor by state lawyers, should result in relatively minor penalties.

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.

City officials accused of racial profiling in juvenile arrests

Law enforcement officials are trained on ways to look for and respond to suspicious activity. Occasionally, a police officer’s hunch might be wrong. In addition, not all arrests may lead to prosecutions, especially in the case of minor offenses.

North Carolina cyberbullying law targets students

Bullying has become a major issue across the U.S. Recent stories of students bullying each other have been heartbreaking for many teenagers and their families. To prevent the devastating impact of bullying, North Carolina has passed a law to prevent cyberbullying but the law doesn't protect who most would assume.

Three cleared of misdemeanor charges in North Carolina Occupy protest

Three people were arrested earlier this year in Occupy movement protests. Now, a judge in North Carolina has cleared the three protesters of the misdemeanor charge of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. Sometime during protests, there are disputed laws on both sides of the issue. Police sometimes don't fully understand the laws that they might be trying to enforce, which could lead to wrongful arrests and charges.

Possession of elk antlers leads to charges for North Carolina men

Three North Carolina men faced unusual charges this summer for a crime they might not have known they were committing. According to a report, the three men pleaded guilty to criminal charges in North Carolina for possession of elk antlers. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission says the men had antlers that came from a buck that was found dead in February 2011. It isn't clear how the animal died, but the men were charged for possessing the antlers.

North Carolina law enforcement step up drunk driving patrols over Fourth of July

The Fourth of July not only serves as a time for families and friends to celebrate our nation's independence, but it is also a time to get together with friends for rest and relaxation. Because many people celebrate the national holiday with drinks and food, North Carolina law enforcement agencies will be stepping up drunk driving patrols through the week and this weekend. Many times around national holidays, law enforcement work around the clock to pull over and arrest people for drunk driving.

Protest against North Carolina marriage amendment leads to arrest

The passage of North Carolina's constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman has sparked protests across the state, sometimes resulting in criminal charges. In Winston-Salem earlier this month, a lesbian who applied for a marriage license was arrested along with a friend for refusing to leave a government office.

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.