Readers may be aware of the serious penalties tied to some criminal convictions. For example, those found guilty of a violent crime in the state of North Carolina, could, among other things, face time behind bars. In addition, some must also provide DNA samples to authorities for entrance into a database maintained by the state.
Its seems that, almost on a daily basis, cellphone recordings of questionable police encounters are being broadcast far and wide on television and the Internet. One recent and particularly jarring example of such an encounter involved cellphone footage of a police officer shooting and killing an unarmed man as he attempted to flee on foot after a traffic stop.
Domestic violence is a serious issue and all allegations of domestic violence should be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. Law enforcement officials in North Carolina are often swift to take action when responding to calls involving possible acts of domestic violence and those accused of committing acts of intimidation or violence may face criminal charges. Additionally, even in cases where no criminal charges are filed, state law allows individuals who claim to have suffered acts of domestic violence to file for a civil protective order or a 50-B.
In North Carolina, certain juveniles can be charged as adults for misdemeanor offenses. This can lead to much harsher consequences and be detrimental to the rest of an individual's life.
During 2014, questions and controversy related to the use of excessive force by police officers came to a head with the police shooting deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the choke hold death of Eric Garner. As Americans across the country took to the streets to protest, police officials searched for a way to restore the public's faith.
Making mistakes is a major part of growing up and learning how to navigate life. Unfortunately, for some kids, mistakes related to drug use and possession, robbery, assault and drunk driving can have serious consequences that result in criminal charges. Mistakes are part of life and when a young person appears to be headed down the wrong path, it benefits all of society if measures are taken and employed to help a youth succeed.
In recent months, questions surrounding U.S. police and procedural fairness and excessive force have come into question. Regardless of one's stance on this controversial topic, there are basic rights afforded to anyone who is arrested that police officers and other law enforcement officials must respect and by which they must abide.
An individual's teen years are often marked by many first successes and failures from which an individual learns and grows. It's during these formative years that a teen boy or girl begins exerting more independence and making more decisions on their own. Many adults can likely remember being a teen and recall the intense need to fit in, a need that may have lead one to engage in activities he or she knew were wrong or even illegal.
Being arrested can feel as though much of the control is out of a defendant's hands. From whether an individual will be eligible for bond to who the prosecutor will be, it sometimes seems there is little freedom of movement in criminal law. However, a new change to North Carolina law may put a little bit of control back into the hands of those accused of committing a crime.
Imagine being accused of and charged with a crime you didn't commit. After spending 105 days in jail, one North Carolina man who was wrongly convicted of serious criminal charges is speaking out. His life turned upside down, the 50-year-old man lost his house, job and good name when he was arrested and charged with sex crimes including rape and child pornography.