• Published: May 29, 2020

Allegations of wanton damage, injury and destruction of property are serious. Property damage that people view as a joke or as a harmless way to get revenge against someone else is a crime. Police take property crimes seriously and so should you. Depending on the allegations, the charges could range from misdemeanor charges to felonies. Anyone accused of these crimes must address them before they get out of control. There are things people often think are harmless. It could be egging someone’s house, keying a car or graffiti. The damage could result in serious allegations that could lead to serious problems. The Charges Could Range from Misdemeanors to Felonies Property damage crimes are some of the most common allegations in…Read More

  • Published: May 26, 2020

Domestic violence accusations sometimes come out of the heat of the moment. There might not have been anything criminal that occurred, but the alleged victim perceived there to be. Law enforcement shows up and suddenly, you’re being arrested. You find out that you have a restraining order that prevents you from going around or contacting the victim. All of this is based on that individual’s statements and possibly a bit of circumstantial evidence. The statements from the victim might be a central point in the prosecution’s case. But, what happens if that person changes their statement about what happened during the incident? When a person changes or completely takes back their statement, it is known as recanting. Some individuals believe…Read More

  • Published: May 22, 2020

You check your watch, but it’s not April 1. You look outside for hidden cameras, but this is not one of those prank-playing television shows. You return your attention to the two police officers standing at the door, having decided they must be real. Being accused of theft, or larceny as it’s known in North Carolina, can come as a surprise if you are a law-abiding citizen. Unfortunately, many innocent people are accused of theft each year. There are several reasons why people wrongly accuse others of stealing: To get you in trouble: Let’s say a work colleague has a grudge against you. They could place an item in your drawer at the office, which is “discovered” after someone reports…Read More

  • Published: May 20, 2020

With North Carolina residents told the stay home as much as possible over the past several weeks, experts suspect that incidents of domestic violence have increased, though reports may actually be down since the lockdown began. For example, a Forsyth County organization that helps people get away from domestic violence in their homes says that all the factors that lead to abuse are present in many households: lost employment, isolation, and drug and alcohol abuse. However, the group’s emergency hotline has gotten fewer calls recently. And the organization has had fewer people showing up in person to ask for help. That could be because victims are stuck at home with their abuser and unable to reach out. Could Charges Spike…Read More

  • Published: May 18, 2020

Conviction of a crime has the potential to impact the rest of a North Carolina defendant’s life. Whether it’s a misdemeanor charge or a complex federal case, criminal charges have the potential to negatively affect everything from a college career to specific personal freedoms. No matter the nature of the case, anyone who is facing a charge or under investigation would be wise to move quickly to protect his or her long-term interests. The criminal justice system is complex and overwhelming. Even in seemingly straightforward cases, there are potential challenges that could ultimately affect the outcome of the case. When it’s future opportunities or even a person’s life on the line, it’s worthwhile to have experienced guidance starting as soon…Read More

  • Published: May 11, 2020

There are several infractions that can result in the suspension of someone’s license. They may be driving without insurance. They might face drug or alcohol-related charges. They might have unpaid fines or fees like traffic fines on their record. They may even have refused to pay court-ordered child support. No matter what the cause, a suspended license could be a challenge for them in the future. What should you know if you have a suspended license? 1 - Suspension and Revocation Are Two Different Things While suspension and revocation both mean that you cannot drive on North Carolina’s roads, the two terms have some important legal differences. Suspension is when you are unable to operate a vehicle on a temporary…Read More

  • Published: May 7, 2020

Every now and then, a high-profile case ends up in the news about a person who ends up facing charges of assault, or much worse, after defending themselves against an attacker who tried to harm them. On the extreme end of the spectrum, consider the story of Brittany Smith, a 32-year old Alabama woman being charged with murder after shooting a man she says brutally raped her as he choked her brother, who tried to defend her. She sought protection under Alabama’s Stand Your Ground law, but lost her appeal this past April. Dealing With Assault And Battery Accusations Although less severe than a murder charge, it’s unnerving to find yourself slapped with assault and battery charges after a dispute…Read More

  • Published: April 15, 2020

If police accuse you of possessing a certain amount of marijuana, methamphetamine or other controlled substances, the chances are good that they will arrest you on drug trafficking charges. The amount you must be allegedly in possession of is relatively small. In North Carolina, all it takes is 10 pounds of marijuana or just four ounces of heroin, to cite two examples, to lead to trafficking charges. The law has several trafficking-related crimes, and it is common for someone accused of trafficking to be hit with numerous charges at once. With North Carolina’s strict mandatory minimum sentencing laws, you could be facing years in prison for, say, 11 pounds of marijuana. Medications that are legal when properly prescribed but illegal…Read More

  • Published: March 3, 2020

Despite a growing number of states that have legalized recreational pot, FBI data shows that four out of every 10 drug arrests in the United States are for marijuana offenses, and the vast majority are for possession. In North Carolina, as in the majority of other states, marijuana remains illegal. Unlike many others, the Tar Heel State does not offer any exemptions for medical marijuana. However, North Carolina has moved to decriminalize possession of less than one-half ounce. Pot Accounts For 40% Of All Drug Arrests According to the FBI, police officers made roughly 663,000 arrests for marijuana offenses in 2018, which is the most recent data available. The Bureau says officers made 1.65 million total drug arrests that year.…Read More

  • Published: December 20, 2019

Drunk driving took a terrible toll in North Carolina in 2018 as 29% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While deaths from motor vehicle crashes decreased overall across the country, the NHTSA annual report shows drunk-driving fatalities increased by 5% in The Tar Heel State. Be Respectful But Don’t Help Officers Driving while impaired is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs as it creates unnecessary risks for you and others on the road. However, an officer must have probable cause to stop you and conduct field sobriety and breath tests. If you are stopped, there are five things to keep in mind: Stay in your car: If you see…Read More

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