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 charges could also be added. However, even if no one else was present, the likelihood of injury to passers-by or emergency response personnel may be cited to justify higher sentencing requests.
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 situation exists for cannabis; there is little scientific consensus about the level of cannabis intake that affects a person's driving ability. In addition, there are no generally accepted roadside screening devices that allow police to assess impairment at an accident scene or traffic stop.
Recent years have seen a loosening of marijuana laws in many parts of the county. For example: