Archive for July 2010

Judge to Decide on Johnston County DWI Cases

A Johnston County judge will decide in the near future whether to reinstate a series of DWI cases that had been dismissed several years ago. The current District Attorney says that 33 defendants who had their DWIs dismissed should have them reinstated. Those DWIs were originally dismissed in a scandal involving a Johnston County assistant…

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Keeping Your Online Social Networks Profiles Safe

We live in an interconnected world, with social media and social networking – Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other tools – providing the world with much more information about each of us. Such an interconnected world means that information about you that you may consider “private” may, in fact, be public. Here’s a rule of thumb:…

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Federal District Judges Are Powerful Indeed

Drug trafficking, child pornography, and terrorism charges are the three most harshly punished crimes in the federal criminal system. If you’ve been accused of any of these crimes, you should consult with a Raleigh federal lawyer, Raleigh federal criminal lawyer, Raleigh criminal lawyer, or North Carolina criminal lawyer as soon as possible. You can call…

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Drugged Driving Looms as a Problem

The New York Times has an extensive front page article on the problem of drugged driving. While it’s long been illegal to drive while impaired – whether by alcohol or any other impairing substance – in North Carolina, law enforcement has focused on catching and prosecuting people who are impaired by alcohol. That’s because it’s…

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Fair Sentencing and DWI Convictions

North Carolina uses a structured sentencing system for most of its criminal law. This system is a grid system where a person’s prior record level and the seriousness of the current crime are used to establish a sentencing range. Within that range, the judge can set an appropriate sentence. If you have questions about this,…

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Can police search your computer via Peer-to-Peer Networks?

The Fourth Amendment gives people a right against unreasonable searches and seizures: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place…

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DNA Database Expanded by the North Carolina General Assembly

The North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law this week that would expand the state’s DNA database by allowing police agencies to collect DNA samples from suspects when they are charged with certain crimes. The bill authorizes law enforcement to hold people who refuse to give a sample. If charges are dropped or the…

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