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December 2014 Archives

Were you arrested? Were your rights violated?

In recent months, questions surrounding U.S. police and procedural fairness and excessive force have come into question. Regardless of one's stance on this controversial topic, there are basic rights afforded to anyone who is arrested that police officers and other law enforcement officials must respect and by which they must abide.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on Fourth Amendment issues in NC drug case

When making traffic stops, police officers must follow and abide by certain procedural rules and laws. These laws exist to prevent officers from making indiscriminate and at-will traffic stops and help ensure that an individual's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated.

Charlotte area teens face criminal charges for underage drinking

An individual's teen years are often marked by many first successes and failures from which an individual learns and grows. It's during these formative years that a teen boy or girl begins exerting more independence and making more decisions on their own. Many adults can likely remember being a teen and recall the intense need to fit in, a need that may have lead one to engage in activities he or she knew were wrong or even illegal.

Changes in criminal law may benefit North Carolina defendants

Being arrested can feel as though much of the control is out of a defendant's hands. From whether an individual will be eligible for bond to who the prosecutor will be, it sometimes seems there is little freedom of movement in criminal law. However, a new change to North Carolina law may put a little bit of control back into the hands of those accused of committing a crime.

North Carolina school bus driver arrested on DWI charges

A 63-year-old North Carolina woman was arrested and accused of driving under the influence, and now could lose her job just before reaching retirement age. According to the North Carolina school district that employs the woman, she has been driving school buses for the district for the last 12 years.

After 105 days, wrongfully charged North Carolina man freed from jail

Imagine being accused of and charged with a crime you didn't commit. After spending 105 days in jail, one North Carolina man who was wrongly convicted of serious criminal charges is speaking out. His life turned upside down, the 50-year-old man lost his house, job and good name when he was arrested and charged with sex crimes including rape and child pornography.

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