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Wilmington man faces multiple drug charges

When residents of North Carolina are accused of a crime, they often consider what steps to take to avoid the charge. But when an individual is charged with multiple charges, they might consider developing a strong defense strategy in order to reduce or dismiss some or all of the charges. But in order to accomplish this effort, defendants need to consider all of the details surround their arrest and charges.

Authorities in North Carolina recently arrested a Wilmington man for multiple drug charges. According to reports, an undercover investigation was ongoing against a 28-year-old man. This resulted in authorities in Onslow County arresting the man at an inn recently, after allegations of conducting drug and prostitution activities.

Understanding larceny and theft charges

The holiday season is known for high rates of shoplifting. Whether it is due to the fuss of getting everyone what they want for the holidays or the fact that they cannot afford to get the gifts they really want, statistics indicate an increase in shoplifting during this time of year. Residents of North Carolina should understand their rights regarding charges related to property crimes. This could help the accused with a defense strategy in order to avoid conviction, dismiss charges or reduce the penalties they endure.

Both larceny and theft are common property crimes. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, or BJS, larceny is considered "the unlawful taking of the property of another, other than a motor vehicle, from their possession by stealth but without force or deceit." This often includes charges such as pickpocketing, purse snatching without force, shoplifting and thefts from inside motor vehicles. Larceny does not include crimes of receiving stolen property and then reselling it or stealing through deceit or fraud.

What are the marijuana laws in the state of North Carolina?

Residents in North Carolina are aware that criminal laws can carry serious consequences. In some cases, these penalties could severely impact the life of the accused and, even when they are not convicted, the allegations could harm their personal and professional reputation. With regards to drug charges, defendants should understand their rights and options so they can take immediate and appropriate defense actions.

What are the marijuana laws in the state of North Carolina? While this is considered a lesser crime that carries less harsh penalties when compared to other illicit drugs, marijuana charges vary in penalties and is dependent on whether they are charged with possession, sale or trafficking. In some cases, a defendant could endure a felony charge and serious consequences, so it is important to understand the details of the charge so they can make an appropriate defense.

North Carolina bus driver arrested for suspected DUI

When North Carolina drivers are pulled over for a suspected traffic violation, they often consider how it could impact their driving abilities. With regards to a drunk driving charge, drivers are not only concerned about their driving privileges but also how the accusations of a DUI or a DUI conviction could affect their career and personal reputation.

A bus driver in North Carolina was recently charged with a DUI while transporting students. According to reports, the 63-year-old bus driving was traveling with 40 students the morning she was arrested after she completed her morning transport of the students to the school.

How out-of-staters can fight North Carolina traffic violations

A North Carolina driver often experiences anxiety when they get pulled over by a police officer. In some matters, it is not clear why the driver was signaled to pull over, which could be due to the driver being out of state. Our firm understands that when an out-of-state driver faces a traffic offense, there is much stress involved. It might be challenging for the driver to travel back to the state to fight the traffic ticket, but out-of-state drivers should understand that they have various options when it comes to dealing with making a defense against a traffic violation.

Our attorneys realize that not all drivers traveling through the state of North Carolina are fully aware of the traffic or driving laws particular of the sate. While having no knowledge of the laws is not a defense, there are other options for the out-of-state driver to fight the ticket or multiple citations they received.

Understanding North Carolina misdemeanor drug possession

When individuals in North Carolina are arrested, they often consider the details of their arrest and what penalties they could potentially face. Although, it is more concerning for defendants when they are charged with major crimes, such as felonies, misdemeanors should be taken just as seriously, even though they are considered a lesser crime. No matter the type of misdemeanor, many could still carry serious consequences that could greatly impact the life of the defendant, which is why it is important to understand the charges, so they can make a strong defense.

According the North Carolina law, the possession of marijuana for personal use is considered a misdemeanor so long as the amount is 1.5 oz. or less. If the amount is greater or it is determined that the defendant's possession of the substance was intended for distribution, they could be charged with a felony.

What steps are involved when fighting a traffic ticket?

For some drivers in North Carolina, when they are pulled over they often question the reason. In addition, they wonder what type of consequences they could face and if they could fight these alleged traffic violations. Receiving a traffic ticket could mean enduring a hefty fine or worse. It could also mean harsher penalties, especially if the violation was severe or the driver has multiple traffic violations on record. Therefore, it is important to know what steps are involved when fighting a traffic ticket.

When a driver receives a traffic ticket he or she can either plead guilty and pay the fine attached to the ticket or plead not guilty and fight the ticket. If a driver decides to fight the ticket, he or she could go to court to challenge it. If successful, this strategy could lead to a dropped or a reduced traffic violation.

Two arrested for drug trafficking after yearlong investigation

Those accused of committing a crime often face serious consequences. When an individual is charged with a serious crime such as drug charges, if they are convicted, the penalties could be harsh. This is why it is important for the accused to fully understand their situation and the charges against them. This could assist them with a criminal defense and could result in reduced or even dropped charges.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement assisted in the yearlong investigation that resulted in the arrest of two men for drug trafficking. The undercover investigation took place in the Cameron area and authorities believe there will be more arrests following their recent arrests.

Developing a defensive strategy against drug charges

Facing allegations of any type of crime can be grave to the accused. The accusations alone can be detrimental to their personal and professional lives, and our firm understands the importance of initiating an immediate defense against any criminal charges a North Carolina defendant might face. With regard to drug charges, the individual could face serious penalties depending on the details of the crime they were accused of committing. In these situations, it is important to get a full picture of the situation so they can adequately navigate the legal system and develop a strong defense against the charges.

Our attorneys understand how a drug possession charge could impact the life of a defendant. This is especially true for those seeking to attend college, professional school or apply for a job. A drug conviction could make it challenging to attain an acceptance to a good school or obtain a good job. Because of the consequences the charges can cause, it is crucial a defendant understands their rights and options when it comes to mounting a defense.

Making a legal defense against drug possession charges

When residents of North Carolina are arrested for a crime, they often consider what legal defenses are available to them. In order to understand their defense options, accused individuals should seek to better understand the charges of which they are accused. This means understanding why they were arrested, the evidence collected against them, and the elements necessary for a conviction. With regards to drug charges, it is also important to consider what type of drug they are accused of possessing, distributing, or trafficking. This could impact the defense strategy and the potential penalties they could face.

In North Carolina, the consequences of a drug possession charge are outlined in Article 5. This Article focuses on the possession of a controlled substance and, according to the regulation, is described as a substance with a chemical structure that has a stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic effect of the central nervous system. The Article further outlines the different types of controlled substances and what categories under which they fall.

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