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Examining options for first-time offenders

If you have been following our blog, you know that maintaining a clean criminal record is important if you are concerned about your future employment, educational opportunities and housing preferences. Basically, the three items on this list can impact all aspects of your life. Unfortunately, it's not only the presence of felonies that can limit your options. Having misdemeanors on your file can also restrict your freedom of choice.

Argument for criminal reforms broad-based, compelling

At some future date, students in North Carolina and nationally immersed in historical details regarding the country's criminal justice system might be flatly perplexed by this huge irony: For decades, the prevalent view that locking people up at progressively higher levels and for increasingly longer prison terms would reduce crime actually spawned the opposite result.

Having a criminal record: lifelong consequences often follow

Most of us -- that is, our readers across North Carolina and residents from across the country -- know that it is flatly unfair and unfortunate for one-time transgressors of the law who have duly paid their criminal penalty to be adversely adjudged by society permanently thereafter.

Supreme Court friction, a justice's visceral reaction to a ruling

A United States Supreme Court judge issued some stern words last week in a case she was on the losing end of, with her comments in a 5-3 decision being termed a "fiery dissent" by a CNN article discussing the case.

Here's one North Carolina cop not impressed by the War on Drugs

In previous years, and certainly during the Nixon and Reagan presidential administrations, the imploring nature and tone of one North Carolina police official's utterances on outcomes in some drug cases would likely have been seen as aberrational and soft on crime.

A human face of federal reform in select drug crimes cases

A professional football player says that he recently had the chance to personally convey to President Obama "a couple points my momma wanted me to say to him." What he imparted spotlights criminal law reform in an instructive manner, and we pass along the details of his story -- centrally, his mother's -- for the consideration of our readers in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Here's what North Carolina cops, prosecutors hope you don't think

We'll just curb the suspense regarding any speculation that the above-posed headline might engender and get straight to the point: What law enforcement investigators and officials in North Carolina and everywhere else across the United States hope for in any given case is the meek and continuing acquiescence to questioning of any person they have detained and are interrogating -- without that individual's request for a criminal defense attorney.

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