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Eight face criminal charges over North Carolina protest

Most people in North Carolina and across the country realize that the United States is filled with people who are passionate about their beliefs. Unfortunately, the views held are varied and frequently in opposition to others, potentially creating conflict. In fact, eight people were recently arrested and now face criminal charges following a protest.

The incident that led to the arrests follows an ongoing dispute over a statue called "Silent Sam" that was recently torn down on the University of North Carolina. On a day in early September, a group called Defend UNC reportedly organized a canned food drive and cookout in protest of a group called New Confederate States of America. Though the two groups were separated by barricades, they reportedly started shouting at each other.

Police say North Carolina death was domestic violence

When a crime occurs in North Carolina and other areas of the country, there is an understandable desire for answers. Specifically, people often want someone to blame. But once a name is provided, unfortunately, some may not question the incident any further, assuming guilt rather than relying on a presumption of innocence that is guaranteed in criminal court proceedings. For example, a man is now in a precarious situation after he was accused of being involved in a domestic violence situation that led to a woman's death.

The incident happened just before 7 a.m. on a day in early September. According to reports, police arrived at a residence and discovered a 35-year-old woman who had been shot. First responders determined that she died at the scene.

What is the difference between embezzlement and larceny?

Larceny is a criminal charge that is very similar to embezzlement. Many people in the Charlotte area confuse them and assume they are the same type of offense. They are not. 

Here are the differences between larceny and embezzlement.

Lawmaker seeks to change language on domestic violence forms

When someone is seeking to protect themselves from an abusive partner, they typically seek to fill out a government form for an order of protection. However, in North Carolina, same-sex couples dealing with domestic violence issues may have difficulty completing this paperwork. This is because in the state, the paperwork required for an order of protection in a domestic case only has categories for opposite-sex couples, unmarried individuals with a child and household members.

Some may think that changing the language on a government form is a simple fix, but in reality legislation is needed to make it happen. That is because forms follow statutory language. In order for the form to change the applicable statute needs to change first.

Court rules on long-term state tracking for sex crimes offenders

Sex offender registry laws can be the source of controversy, especially where tracking requirements are concerned. One organization, the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws, has spent time challenging the ankle tracking devices that those convicted of sex crimes have previously been required to wear. The issue of whether this is constitutional or not was recently addressed by a North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the decision may have an impact on those tried for sex crimes in the future.

The issue of ankle monitoring was first brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. The result of that case, Grady v. North Carolina, clarified that wearing a GPS monitor is considered a "search" under the U.S. Constitution. It was therefore subject to the standards required for a search under the law, which meant the state had to prove it was reasonable. 

North Carolina police make fewer DUI arrests than last year

Throughout the year, North Carolina police are on the lookout for drivers who might be operating under the influence of alcohol. This usually leads to thousands of DUI arrests every year. However, local authorities are crediting awareness campaigns for a drop in this year's arrests. 

Operation Firecracker ran from June 27 to July 10. This campaign aimed to decrease the number of drunk driving related fatalities. When the program ran during the 2017 summer months, police made 1,449 arrests. This year, they only arrested 1,373 drivers -- 76 less than last year. 

Lawmakers discuss change to sentencing for drug crimes

As issues related to opiods continue to make headlines, lawmakers across the country are taking a second look at the way in which drug crimes are handled. In North Carolina, a legislative task force on Sentencing Reforms for Opioid Drug Convictions has advised that there may be upcoming changes to mandatory minimum sentencing in drug crimes. If implemented, these changes could give judges more discretion in the length of sentences for crimes such as heroin possession.

The discussion comes after other states made similar changes to mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related charges. This involved the creation of a "safety valve," which would allow a judge to hand down a lighter sentence for certain defendants. There is also a safety valve in federal law, though it is extremely limited and cannot be accessed by anyone accused of using a firearm or leading a drug dealing operation.

Helping a loved one through a DWI

It can feel devastating to learn that a friend or family member is facing criminal charges for drunk driving. While you may initially feel some anger or disappointment, your main goal is to help your loved one recover. It can be difficult to know exactly what to do or say in a situation like this.

Thankfully, the person you love can get through this trial. Here are some ideas for how you can help someone you love deal with a DUI arrest.

Moving company employees charged with fraud, conspiracy

What charges can employees face for participating in fraudulent business practices? Twelve workers are learning the answer to this question after being accused of lying to customers, creating fake reviews and charging customers more than the agreed upon price. This alleged fraud occurred in connection with moving companies that operated in multiple states, including North Carolina.

The workers are accused of lying about key details regarding their business, including the number of years in operation, past reviews and prices. They allegedly provided competitive pricing at first, then increased the cost after loading the truck. This is a violation of federal regulations, which requires a binding estimate to not increase after loading a customer's items.

Day care center the site of arrests for drug crimes

When people think of a drug investigation, children's day care is not usually the first location that comes to mind. However, a day care recently ended up at the center of a North Carolina drug bust. According to reports, authorities seized over 100 pounds of marijuana and arrested two people for drug crimes at a Fayetteville child care center. The city also saw a second drug-related arrest the next day.

The bust was executed by the Fayetteville Police Department's Gang Unit. The location in question was a residential property where a child care center was also operated. The police waited until the child care center's operations had ended for the day before executing the warrant, so no children were present for the search.

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