Category: Criminal Law

  • Study reveals alarming rise in youth arrests

    Young people in North Carolina and around the country are much more likely to find themselves on the wrong side of the law than older Americans, and arrests early in life often lead to less success in later years. These were the conclusions reached by researchers from the RAND Corporation after studying data gathered over…

  • Understanding arson laws in North Carolina

    When people in North Carolina face arson charges after a fire, they may not be aware of the different types of allegations that may be involved. Under state law, arson is considered a more serious form of property crime than vandalism or similar offenses. If people were present at the time of the fire, additional…

  • Why is an attorney important to your criminal defense?

    If you are facing criminal charges, you are probably spending a lot of time weighing your options. You may feel confident that you can easily defend yourself against the charges, especially if the evidence against you is weak. If police wrongly accuse you of a crime, you certainly feel your profession of innocence will be…

  • National regulations urged on drugged driving issues

    With efforts underway for marijuana legalization in North Carolina lining up with successful initiatives across the country, traffic safety officials are turning their thoughts to concerns about drug-impaired driving. Police and prosecutors are able to measure blood alcohol concentration, and 0.08 percent is the legal limit for alcohol intoxication across the country. However, no similar…

  • Marijuana arrests up in the U.S.

    Recent years have seen a loosening of marijuana laws in many parts of the county. For example: Some states have decriminalized certain marijuana offenses Many states have legalized medical marijuana A handful of states have legalized recreational possession of the drug However, recent data suggests that, despite these trends, police here in the U.S remain…

  • Penalties for embezzlement and your need for an attorney

    Perhaps you work for a government-funded organization or are provided investments from donations to use solely for your position. Yet you make decisions that seem as though you use some of the funds to supply your own needs. Depending on the severity of the poorly-allocated money, you could face embezzlement charges that land you in…

  • Can the police look through my phone?

    It’s no secret that this is a digital age. That means it’s more than likely most of your life exists on your cell phone. For many people, looking through someone’s phone is considered a severe violation of privacy. You know what your privacy rights are for search and seizure of your home or car but…

  • Am I eligible for probation?

    The North Carolina justice system has many different options for criminal rehabilitation. If you find yourself facing a criminal conviction, there is no guarantee you will receive a prison sentence. Instead, you can aim for a possible probation sentence. A probation allows you to remain in the community rather than go to jail. You do…