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30 Indicted in North Carolina Synthetic Drugs Bust

In 2011, the North Carolina legislature banned the sale, manufacture and possession of a number of synthetic drugs, including those that mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine. These drugs have been sold under many names, including "K2," "spice," "herbal incense" and "bath salts"...

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Close U.S. Supreme Court Decision Expands Miranda Rights for Children

Everyone has heard the Miranda warning in movies and television shows: You have the right to remain silent; anything you say can and will be used against you; you have the right to talk to an attorney; and if you can't afford one, one will be appointed for you...

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Drug Trafficking Defendant did not Know Drug He Transported was Heroin

Drug crimes are aggressively prosecuted in North Carolina, and penalties can vary greatly depending on the type of drug possessed. But what happens if a defendant thought he was transporting one type of drug, but then is arrested and charged for another with a more severe penalty?...

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Drunk Driving Penalties in North Carolina

When a person is arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, many questions can arise. The experience can be unsettling and knowing what to expect can be one way of helping to navigate such a situation. Learning the laws in North Carolina that govern the penalties for drunk driving is therefore important for all drivers...

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FBI Evidence Review Highlights Risk of Forensic Errors and Misconduct

In 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a review of criminal cases that used hair comparison evidence from FBI labs. According to The Washington Post, the FBI recently reported that 95 percent of the cases reviewed so far involved flawed testimony. Alarmingly, in some of these cases, this evidence may have contributed to wrongful convictions...

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How the Yates Memorandum may Affect Corporations

Corporations in Statesville, North Carolina, that may not have felt the impact of the financial crisis in 2008 may still experience some of the backlash after a recent U.S. Department of Justice memo...

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Laura's Law: North Carolina Gets Tougher on Repeat Drunk Drivers

North Carolinians with previous drunk driving convictions should be especially mindful of how much alcohol they consume at this year's holiday parties. On December 1, 2011, North Carolina's new drunk driving law, known as Laura's Law, takes effect. DWI sentences for repeat offenders under the new law will be sobering...

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NC House Takes Step Towards Limited Decriminalization of Medical Marijuana

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has vowed to sign into law a bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana oil as a treatment for children who suffer from epileptic seizures, according to News3. The bill, HB 1220, has already based by 113 to 1 in the House 45 to 0 in the Senate. Under current law, possession of marijuana oil is a crime; however, recent marijuana decriminalization efforts in other states, particularly Colorado, have pushed North Carolina lawmakers to reconsider parts of the state's current drug policy...

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North Carolina DWI Laws: The Basics

Under North Carolina law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08 percent or above. It is also against the law to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of impairing drugs, whether legal or illegal. Doing either of these things can result in arrest and conviction for driving while impaired, also known as DWI...

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Understanding North Carolina's Domestic Violence Laws

A domestic violence charge in North Carolina can cause someone concern and fear about the future. Anyone who has been accused of such a crime should have an understanding about what the potential consequences are as well as what some common defense strategies may be...

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Understanding North Carolina's Interlock Device Laws

People who have been convicted of a DUI in North Carolina may be required to use an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. These devices are designed to keep convicted DUI offenders from committing another offense, while giving them the ability to continue driving. Not only does this allow people who have been convicted to get to work, school, doctor's appointments and other necessary destinations, but it protects them from making unhealthy decisions that may affect other peoples' lives as well...

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