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If you're a North Carolina boater, you might want to read this

What's the difference between the penalties imposed for a drunk driving versus a boating-while-impaired (BWI) conviction, respectively, in North Carolina?

Not so much anymore, in the wake of BWI-related legislation passed earlier this summer. Legions of boaters who like to relax on the state's varied waterways might want to take a moment to reflect on the particulars of a new law passed in late June.

Having a criminal record: lifelong consequences often follow

Most of us -- that is, our readers across North Carolina and residents from across the country -- know that it is flatly unfair and unfortunate for one-time transgressors of the law who have duly paid their criminal penalty to be adversely adjudged by society permanently thereafter.

Put another way: Say that following your criminal conviction and time served for a drug-related conviction (or drunk driving, domestic assault, white collar crime, sex-based offense or any other transgression), you continue to suffer severe repercussions permanently following your scrupulous adherence with all sentencing exactions.

One thirsty thief (and how to fight shoplifting charges)

The temperature may have been in the upper eighties on Monday, but that doesn't explain the actions of one alleged shoplifter in Rock Hill. According to police, a man with a mighty thirst entered a Quick Trip store around noon and exited with nearly 200 cans of beer without bothering to pay for them.

In all, the store manager estimates the alleged thief got away with six 24-packs of Bud Light and two 24-packs of Coronita. The sudsy bandit made his escape with the $125 in beer in a gold Chrysler Sebring coupe.

North Carolina media story on drug stop lacking key detail

To some readers, the following story of a police stop and subsequent drug bust last week might be eminently straightforward and unproblematic in any way.

The bottom line, according to a media account: A cop in Cumberland County stopped a vehicle. While approaching it, the motorist fled into nearby woods. He was apprehended by a team of deputies. The police report indicates that he was unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and that "large quantities" of drugs were found inside the car.

A clarion call for criminal law reform: momentum is clear

Placing too much emphasis on a prison-before-all-other-alternatives sentencing philosophy adversely affects "smart policing tactics," states a letter recently penned by a national group of law enforcers.

It is seemingly hard to find many Americans these days who disagree with that notion. Indeed, and as evidenced by a spate of reports and news stories over the past year-plus, there is growing -- and broadly bipartisan -- agreement in North Carolina and virtually everywhere else across the United States that material reforms are an urgent imperative.

U.S. Supreme Court divided on DWI/DUI: murkiness merits an attorney

What can a police officer in North Carolina or elsewhere across the country do -- that is, dictate to a motorist -- in a stop focusing on alleged drinking-while-driving behavior?

In sharper terms, where is the legal line drawn on testing that can be ordered absent a warrant that authorizes an intrusive encounter with a detained driver?

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