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DA Witness not following Judge's Order results in DWI dismissal

Attorney Connelly asked the court to prohibit a key State's witness from giving critical testimony after the witness violated a sequestration order of the court. (A sequestration order requires that all witnesses remain out outside the courtroom and not discuss the case or their testimony.) This key witness sat through the testimony of other witnesses even though the court had ordered that all witnesses remain outside the courtroom. This resulted in the dismissal of a DWI case. 

1 charged with DUI following moped accident in North Carolina

A 55-year-old man has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a recent accident in which he veered off the road while operating a moped. North Carolina state law permits a person to drive such a vehicle without a license or insurance provided the operator wears the proper gear. However, laws concerning impairment apply to all drivers, and those accused of DUI under similar circumstances could face serious consequences.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident took place just before 1 a.m. on a recent Tuesday when the driver of a moped veered off road and crashed his vehicle. Although no information was provided as to his condition, he was reportedly taken to a medical facility for treatment soon thereafter. Authorities have advised that he will be charged with intoxicated driving after he is released from the hospital.

2 face charges following domestic violence incident

While many couples experience disagreements on occasion, in most cases, the resulting argument may be short-lived and uneventful. However, sometimes a simple verbal spat can become volatile and lead to criminal charges for those involved. Two individuals have been arrested following a domestic violence incident where shots were fired outside of a residence in North Carolina.

According to reports, authorities responded to the scene after receiving reports of shots being fired at a local residence. Police claim the incident began when a fight erupted between two individuals. Following the dispute, a man reportedly attempted to leave the scene in a vehicle when a woman located a gun and fired a bullet at him, subsequently shattering a window next to him. Although the bullet did not hit the man, he reportedly suffered cuts from the glass.

Penalties for prescription drug abuse in North Carolina

One of the most amazing benefits of modern society is the advancements in medicine. Prescription drugs have done wonders in treating multiple diseases and health conditions. Unfortunately, some also carry the risk of abuse or addiction. These risks become reality for millions of Americans each year.

You may think that because a drug is also a legitimate medication, it is not as serious to distribute or use it illegally, or even abuse it legally. However, prescription meds are controlled substances, just like other nonmedicinal drugs, and therefore can carry harsh penalties for criminal misuse.

4 arrested on drug charges at residence near college campus

As a college student, being accused of a drug-related crime can be a scary and daunting experience. Students who face drug charges may have little to no experience in the area, and they might be unaware of their legal rights. Four individuals have recently been arrested following an investigation into possible drug activity at a townhouse near North Carolina State University.

The incident began when investigators arrested a student in relation to his alleged involvement in drug activity outside of a residence near a local college campus. Just three days later, authorities returned to the residence for unknown reasons and arrested three others for similar charges. Although it is unclear if authorities executed a search of the residence in question, they claim the investigation led to the discovery of a variety of types and amounts of illegal narcotics.

1 arrested for drunk driving while attempting to apply for job

When being accused of a crime, every individual has rights that must be upheld throughout the process. Unfortunately, many may be unaware of their rights, and furthermore uncertain how to respond to the situation. A 40-year-old man has been arrested and accused of drunk driving after he allegedly drove to a fire station in North Carolina to submit an application while under the influence of alcohol.

According to authorities, the man was attempting to submit an application for employment at a local fire station when he inadvertently interrupted a State Highway Patrol meeting. They claim that he immediately began to show his gratitude for their service, but while doing so, they allegedly detected signs of intoxication. An officer then proceeded to administer a field sobriety test, which he allegedly failed to perform in a satisfactory manner.

Separate traffic stops lead to drug charges for 2

Facing allegations of a traffic violation can be stressful enough in its own right. However, should officers claim to have probable cause to further investigate, the resulting search may leave an individual facing drug charges if illegal substances are found in the process. Two men have been arrested and accused of drug crimes following separate traffic stops that are said to have taken place on the same day in North Carolina.

Law enforcement officials assert the first incident began when they stopped a vehicle for an unspecified traffic violation. While speaking with the driver, police claim to have initiated a search of the vehicle on grounds of probable cause. During this search, they allegedly unearthed the presence of 260 grams of cocaine, and the man was taken into custody and is now facing multiple charges, including drug trafficking.

Teacher accused of drunk driving following argument with friend

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is never advisable and can lead to criminal charges. However, in some cases, one may face drunk driving charges solely based on the words of another party, without being found behind the wheel of a vehicle. An elementary school teacher is facing DWI charges under similar circumstances in North Carolina after a friend allegedly asked her to pull over for her own safety.

According to reports, the incident took place at around 2 a.m. on a recent Monday as authorities spotted a woman standing outside a vehicle in a local parking lot. Officers proceeded to pull over and speak with the woman, who allegedly claimed that she had asked her friend to stop her vehicle. She advised officers that her friend was under the influence of alcohol, and that she was attempting to call a sober driver when the two became engaged in a verbal disagreement.

1 facing drug charges following investigation in North Carolina

After receiving information of the possible presence of drug activity in a particular area, authorities will launch an investigation into the matter. Being the subject of such an investigation can be an intimidating experience, and the situation may only increase in severity should criminal charges be filed. A 51-year-old woman in North Carolina has recently been arrested and is facing numerous drug charges in relation to her alleged involvement in the trafficking of methamphetamine.

According to authorities, the investigation began after they received reports of the possible presence of drug activity at a local residence. This investigation eventually led to the search of numerous locations in the surrounding area, which they assert unearthed the presence of as many as 24 pounds of methamphetamine, along with multiple firearms. In total, 13 individuals were arrested and accused of involvement in drug activity, and authorities claim the woman in question was the leader of the alleged operation.

Collision leads to drunk driving charges for 1 in North Carolina

A 26-year-old woman has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in relation to her alleged involvement in a recent collision in North Carolina. Drunk driving charges carry serious penalties, and a conviction could have a substantial impact on a person's life. Those who face similar charges could choose to prepare for what comes next by focusing on their defense, but they might be uncertain where to turn for guidance.

According to authorities, the incident took place just before noon on a recent Thursday, when a driver allegedly failed to stop for a traffic light. Police claim that the woman's vehicle proceeded to collide with an SUV, and that the force of the impact shoved the SUV into two other vehicles. The driver and a passenger in the SUV were taken to a medical facility for treatment of minor injuries.

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