On Sept. 27, eight North Carolina residents pleaded guilty to participating in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. All of the defendants have been sentenced to federal prison for their crimes.
In North Carolina, robbery is considered a theft where there is a victim involved. The state puts robbery into three different categories: with a deadly weapon, train, and common law. All of these crimes are felonies. Robbery with a deadly weapon and train robbery are determined by state statute, but common law robbery is generally accepted in courts as someone taking another person's property through the threat of force, intimidation, or actual violence.
North Carolina police may be showing up at the scene of traffic stops or car accidents with medically equipped vans and portable phlebotomy tables. An increasing number of police departments are training officers to draw blood from suspects in DWI cases. As more states legalize the use of cannabis - not to mention the threat posed by the opioid crisis - an increasing number of drivers are under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol. While alcohol intoxication can be measured by a simple breath test, there is still no similarly non-invasive way to measure the presence of drugs in the bloodstream.
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 a 26-year period. The study, which was published by the journal Crime and Delinquency, was based on information from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.
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: