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Effective criminal defense strategies in North Carolina

If you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina, it is likely that you will be thinking about what is the best way to defend yourself. Every person convicted of a crime has the right to defend themselves, and it is this right of defense that is necessary to make a fair decision.

Using neuroscience as a criminal defense: How it's being done

Every defendant accused of a crime will have a wide array of defense strategies available to assist him or her to reduce the threat of conviction, or diminish the severity of punishments if conviction is unavoidable. Some of these strategies are riskier than others.

Be careful what you say during a traffic stop

When you see the blue lights flashing behind you, it's easy to feel overwhelmed or unsure what to do. This is a normal experience, but not particularly useful. Regardless of why a police officer pulls you over, you stand a much better chance of avoiding criminal charges or fighting any charges you receive by remaining calm and being very careful with what you say during the interaction.

Marijuana is illegal in North Carolina despite decriminalization

Cultural attitudes toward marijuana and marijuana users have shifted dramatically in the last two decades. Where people who used or grew marijuana were once considered a scourge on society, more people today recognize that marijuana use is comparable to alcohol consumption. Combine an increasingly lax social attitude toward marijuana with the fact that North Carolina decriminalized first time offenses regarding marijuana possession, and you may think it's practically legal here.

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