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Ex North Carolina police chief reflective, worried after detention

If you're looking for an individual to criticize the efforts of American customs and border officials in knee-jerk fashion, Hassan Aden is not your guy.

Aden, who is a former North Carolina police chief, quickly points out that he appreciates the work done by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. He readily acknowledges "the difficult and dangerous" nature of their jobs.

Drug bust near Charlotte: some salient observations

The details that have publicly emerged thus far in connection with a recent drug bust north of Charlotte in Rowan County largely stress the comparatively large scale of criminal operations and the many people apprehended.

That is, and pending further disclosure of key facts in the matter, some media accounts have quickly underscored elements of the case that focus upon its seemingly outsized dimensions and corresponding threat to the local community.

Good things for women to know about drinking and driving

A man who drinks, for example, five beers in three hours will typically be less affected than a woman who drinks the same amount in the same time. This seems unfair, but it is a reality that can lead to bad outcomes. For instance, take a woman who is having dinner with a male friend she split a glass of wine with. He seems fine to drive, so she thinks she is fine, too. However, she may well be at greater risk of being pulled over for DUI.

Here's an instructive North Carolina-based tale about videotaping

From the recorded exchange that recently took place between a Wilmington police officer and a North Carolina resident he stopped for allegedly being involved in an illicit drug-related transaction, two things quickly emerged as patently clear.

The first is that the officer, and other law enforcers with him, were playing fast and loose with the truth when they informed the detained motorist that his filming was illegal and that he needed to stop recording immediately.

Know how medication can affect DUI tests

If you are stopped for driving under the influence and the law enforcement officer performs a field sobriety test and you fail, it is highly likely you will be arrested on the spot. In North Carolina, if you are 21 years or older and your blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent or above, you are legally impaired. If you are under 21 years of age and have any alcohol in your bloodstream, then you are legally impaired and should not be driving as the state has a no tolerance policy in place for underage drinking.

There are also times where you may not have been drinking but legal medications you are taking can affect your ability to pass field sobriety tests. To avoid situations like this, there are things you should be aware of.

Constitutional protection no guarantee of universal fairness

There it is, in black and white and stated in terms that could hardly be more unequivocal and uncompromising: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial."

That mandate is fundamental bedrock stuff in the American criminal justice system, being set forth in the 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which serves as the apex authority on lawful imperatives relevant to individuals accused of criminal conduct.

Crime rates, public perceptions: a material disconnect

If you're fortunate enough to have good neighbors in Charlotte or elsewhere in North Carolina where you reside, you likely value their opinions and turn to them for input on various matters.

And friends appreciate that trust, of course, often offering up their views on everything from politics and sports to climate change and what's needed to fix health care.

Next stop for North Carolina offender's case: U.S. Supreme Court

Lester Gerard Packingham simply wanted to express his joy and thanks online back in 2010 for his dismissal of a traffic ticket. Most certainly, he never expected his Facebook post to end up as the focal point of a case to be initially considered by the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

Here's why it did.

Continuing focus on -- and challenges to -- NC's sex registry law

One topic that retains high-profile interest among the general public in many states is restrictions on sex offenders following their convictions and criminal sentencing outcomes.

Unquestionably, North Carolina is one of those states, with many convicted offenders remaining under a harsh spotlight for years (sometimes a lifetime), even after their release from incarceration.

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