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Punishments associated with sex crime conviction, punitive and far-reaching

In a few weeks, many North Carolina children will take part in the yearly ritual that is Halloween. As children dressed as ghosts and goblins take to neighborhoods in search of candy, they will likely encounter some darkened homes where no one is passing out candy. In some cases, the darkened home may be by choice. In other cases, the resident inside the home may be legally prohibited from turning on their lights to trick-or-treaters.

New Statute increases second offense of Carrying Concealed Weapon (Gun/Firearm)

Effective December 1, 2014, the offense of Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Gun) will be punishable as Class H felony for a second or subsequent offense. It is being increased from what previously had been a Class I felony.

New Statute may allow dismissals of misdemeanors & low level felonies

Effective December 1, 2014, a new law allows the judge to defer further proceedings without entering a judgment of guilt, with the possibility of conditional discharge later on. Some pre-conditions include that the defendant is guilty of a low level felony or a misdemeanor, that the defendant and the prosecutor consent, that the defendant has not been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors and has not previously placed on probation. The defendant is placed on probation to allow him/her to demonstrate good conduct. If the defendant fulfills the conditions, the guilty finding will be withdrawn and the court will dismiss the proceedings.

Is there a way to get rid of criminal charges?

A criminal conviction can negatively impact an individual's life in numerous and often unexpected ways. From a misdemeanor drug charge related to possession of marijuana to felony charges related to financial fraud, individuals facing criminal charges would be wise to turn to a legal defense attorney for advice and assistance.

Men exonerated 30 years after false conviction

Today, police and prosecutors widely rely upon DNA evidence when investigating crime scenes and pursing convictions. However, prior to DNA testing capabilities, law enforcement officials relied heavily upon witness accounts and circumstantial evidence. In cases where an individual was suspected of committing a crime and arrested, police officers also relied heavily upon information discovered during questioning and interrogation sessions.

What are my rights when stopped by a police officer?

The nation was recently gripped by the police shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African American man named Michael Brown. Prior to the shooting, the details of the encounter between Brown and the police officer are still in dispute. The police contend Brown assaulted the officer who subsequently shot him. Eye witnesses, however, say Brown was shot multiple times by the officer after turning around with his hands in the air.

When can police search your cellphone? Supreme Court weighs in

The United States Supreme Court issued an important decision recently concerning cellphone searches by police during an arrest. Because the Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the entire country, the decision will affect how these searches are conducted here in North Carolina.

Panthers player arrested for violent offense against

Greg Hardy, the defensive end for the Panthers Pro Bowl football team, was recently arrested for misdemeanor crimes. The investigating Mecklenburg officers suspect that the man assaulted his girlfriend and communicated threats. Hardy has been charged with a violent offense for the alleged crime.

2 young men arrested for violent offense: Murder charges

A football player was recently killed, and two Greensboro men were arrested and charged in connection to the crime. The authorities suspect that the North Carolina AT&T football player was shot over a drug purchase gone wrong. The two men were arrested and face criminal charges for the alleged violent offense.

North Carolina woman accused of violent offense

A woman has been charged in the death of her sister following an alleged shooting in Carolina Beach, according to local law enforcement. In the face of such a violent offense, the charges are severe -- she faces a charge of second-degree murder for her supposed connection with the death. North Carolina authorities have been closed-mouthed about what may have precipitated the incident.

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