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North Carolina woman accused of drunk driving

Most people in North Carolina would go to great lengths to protect their loved ones. In fact, any event that led to a loved one's injury would likely be devastating. Unfortunately, a young woman is facing accusations of drunk driving in addition to experiencing the associated emotional response following an accident that sent her boyfriend to the hospital.

The accident reportedly happened after 2 a.m. on a day in early October. According to reports, the 19-year-old's boyfriend was riding a motorcycle in front of a vehicle driven by the woman. When the man slowed to make a left turn, law enforcement officials claim that the woman did not brake or swerve.

3 things to do if someone you know gets arrested

It is distressing to learn that someone you know and love is in legal trouble. Whether you hear about an investigation, arrest or criminal charges, you may not know what to do. An arrest or sentencing may not only impact the life of the person you know, it could also have an effect on you.

During this difficult time, you may feel a lot of confusion and stress. It may seem like you have no control over the situation, but there are a few things you can do to help your friend or family member.

North Carolina correctional officer faces drug charges

There are a variety of different ways to work within the criminal justice system. While some people serve as prosecutors, for example, others may work as correctional officers and have little experience with the process that may send a person to prison. As a result, even those in North Carolina who work within the justice system may be unsure of how to respond if they face drug charges or other criminal accusations.

Unfortunately, a young woman who works as a correctional officer in a North Carolina women's prison now finds herself in such a legal predicament. Reports indicate that the 25-year-old woman was recently arrested while at the prison. She reportedly had drugs on her.

Plea deals offered in North Carolina fraud cases

When a person is charged with a crime in North Carolina or elsewhere, he or she has several important decisions to make. As these decisions are pondered, many realize that evidence can sometimes paint a false picture, potentially even indicating guilt where there is none. As such, some people, including those charged with fraud, may choose to accept a plea deal.

In fact, reports indicate that three former local government employees have been offered a plea deal related to fraud charges. They, along with another employee who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the federal government, have been accused of accepting kickbacks from a contractor. In exchange, the contractor is said to have been given approximately $15 million in government work since the mid-1980s.

Drunk driving charge against North Carolina woman

For many people, the end of a romantic relationship is often complicated. Often, the relationship lingers, and sometimes leads to bitter feelings, including hurt and anger. Regardless of how difficult a breakup can be, it rarely leads to violence. Unfortunately, police have arrested a woman in North Carolina and accused her of  drunk driving, assault and domestic violence.

The incident happened just after 5 a.m. on a day in September. According to reports, some sort of car chase occurred. Police say that a 21-year-old woman chased down her ex-boyfriend's vehicle. Once she caught up with the vehicle, she allegedly drove into it repeatedly.

Eight face criminal charges over North Carolina protest

Most people in North Carolina and across the country realize that the United States is filled with people who are passionate about their beliefs. Unfortunately, the views held are varied and frequently in opposition to others, potentially creating conflict. In fact, eight people were recently arrested and now face criminal charges following a protest.

The incident that led to the arrests follows an ongoing dispute over a statue called "Silent Sam" that was recently torn down on the University of North Carolina. On a day in early September, a group called Defend UNC reportedly organized a canned food drive and cookout in protest of a group called New Confederate States of America. Though the two groups were separated by barricades, they reportedly started shouting at each other.

Police say North Carolina death was domestic violence

When a crime occurs in North Carolina and other areas of the country, there is an understandable desire for answers. Specifically, people often want someone to blame. But once a name is provided, unfortunately, some may not question the incident any further, assuming guilt rather than relying on a presumption of innocence that is guaranteed in criminal court proceedings. For example, a man is now in a precarious situation after he was accused of being involved in a domestic violence situation that led to a woman's death.

The incident happened just before 7 a.m. on a day in early September. According to reports, police arrived at a residence and discovered a 35-year-old woman who had been shot. First responders determined that she died at the scene.

What is the difference between embezzlement and larceny?

Larceny is a criminal charge that is very similar to embezzlement. Many people in the Charlotte area confuse them and assume they are the same type of offense. They are not. 

Here are the differences between larceny and embezzlement.

Lawmaker seeks to change language on domestic violence forms

When someone is seeking to protect themselves from an abusive partner, they typically seek to fill out a government form for an order of protection. However, in North Carolina, same-sex couples dealing with domestic violence issues may have difficulty completing this paperwork. This is because in the state, the paperwork required for an order of protection in a domestic case only has categories for opposite-sex couples, unmarried individuals with a child and household members.

Some may think that changing the language on a government form is a simple fix, but in reality legislation is needed to make it happen. That is because forms follow statutory language. In order for the form to change the applicable statute needs to change first.

Court rules on long-term state tracking for sex crimes offenders

Sex offender registry laws can be the source of controversy, especially where tracking requirements are concerned. One organization, the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws, has spent time challenging the ankle tracking devices that those convicted of sex crimes have previously been required to wear. The issue of whether this is constitutional or not was recently addressed by a North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the decision may have an impact on those tried for sex crimes in the future.

The issue of ankle monitoring was first brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. The result of that case, Grady v. North Carolina, clarified that wearing a GPS monitor is considered a "search" under the U.S. Constitution. It was therefore subject to the standards required for a search under the law, which meant the state had to prove it was reasonable. 

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