We've discussed in previous posts some of the penalties individuals who are convicted of a DWI in North Carolina may face. There's no doubt that the financial and personal costs associated with a drunk driving conviction are significant and individuals who are facing criminal charges would be wise to contact a defense attorney and explore their options.
Regular readers of this blog may recall that back in August of last year we highlighted that the U.S. Sentencing Commission anticipated focusing more attention on revising federal guidelines related to convictions in white-collar crime cases. As a result of the panel's efforts, there is some growing anticipation that penalties for certain financial crimes could be reduced in some instances.
This is an interesting idea. If you approach a LICENSE checkpoint - where the officer has authority ONLY to check licenses, not look for signs of impairment - can you put your license outside the window and refuse to roll down the window (where the officer will be trying to smell your breath etc.)?
Since you have satisfied the purpose of the checkpoint, is the officer hamstrung from taking further action?
Prosecutors dismissed his case today voluntarily after the purported victim was unable to be located. However, a "Voluntary Dismissal" leaves the option open to prosecutors to reinstate the charges if and when they locate witnesses. So if they can find their victim, its a new day in court.
Much has been written about the Hardy trial that starts today, and the ramifications to his professional football career.
It's been nearly two years since a North Carolina business owner was first pulled over by a state police officer who seized several thousands of dollars in cash that the man had in his possession. A subsequent traffic stop resulted in several more thousands of dollars in business-related proceeds being seized for a total loss of $130,000. Despite the fact that the man was never charged with any crime, the police officer was able to seize the assets under a program known as equitable sharing.