Most North Carolina residents know domestic assault and violence allegations are serious, but they may not fully understand the depth of thought that goes into the sentencing process. Instead of simply giving out a slap on the wrist or a couple of days in jail, judges follow a stringent set of best practices when deciding the type of sentence to hand down for domestic violence cases. This essentially raises the stakes to sometimes critical levels for those facing domestic assault and violence allegations.
Drug offenses are serious regardless of your location, but southern states like North Carolina take an especially aggressive approach to drug charges. While each case is unique, the best way to combat such charges is by taking an equally aggressive approach to building a defense, particularly when a case has extenuating circumstances. Since marijuana is one of the most heavily-used substances in the United States, it's important to understand the possible consequences when trying to build a good defense.
If you or a loved one has recently been charged with DUI, speeding or another traffic violation, you might think it's not a big deal. However, in the Wilson, North Carolina, area, the law takes a serious approach to curtailing these violations and often their greatest weapon is the courtroom itself. Without adequate representation, those charged with traffic violations often find themselves deep underwater and with no place to turn to for help.
Many times, when people are charged with crimes, they are not sure if they need to acquire legal representation, but occasionally, it's clear right from the outset that a lawyer is necessary. One man from Charlotte, North Carolina, is currently looking at more than 20 charges for an alleged shooting involving police officers and a child.
In Hendersonville, North Carolina, a public display of support has been taking place for a man facing criminal drug charges. The owner and operator of the "Blue Ridge Medical Cannabis Research Corporation" claims law enforcement personnel conducted a raid on his business in 2013, seizing his marijuana plants and charging him with possession and trafficking of the substance.
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Durham-based business owner following a grand jury indictment. Sources say the woman, who owns a health care company in Durham, was indicted on 15 charges including identity theft and health care fraud.
Sometimes, criminal charges appear cut and dried, but other times extenuating circumstances can blur the lines between right and wrong in some people's eyes. For instance, what would you do if you saw a living creature in distress? Would you consider breaking the law and dealing with the legal consequences later in order to protect and preserve its life? When you add to this equation the possibility that depending on the circumstances, taking action to protect life might not actually be wrong and you can see how murky some legal waters can become.
A strong criminal defense encompasses many elements, including an attempt to omit evidence that is either not relevant or unduly harmful to the person accused of a crime. Recently, the attorneys for a young man alleged to have shot and killed a Duke University graduate student in 2008 made a motion to bar evidence of previous crimes involving the defendant.
Where rests the line between self defense and murder? In some cases, the line is obvious; in others, there may be more to the story than meets the eye, causing the line to lose its clarity. For one 20-year-old Charleston man, stabbing three other men on April 25 was the only way to save his own life. One of the victims, a 30-year-old father from North Charleston, died from a stab wound to the heart during the altercation.
A 19-year-old man with a history of drug arrests is once again facing serious drug offenses in North Carolina. The youth and his 26-year-old girlfriend were arrested last Wednesday after a tip led police officers to a residence where the 19-year-old and his father allegedly attempted to dispose of evidence, according to police officers. The man's girlfriend was reportedly over eight months pregnant at the time of the arrests.