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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.

High court in North Carolina hears about illegal traffic stops

When drivers see the lights in the rear view mirror signaling them to pull over, they often have numerous questions running through their minds. They may wonder what they are being pulled over for and what kind of penalties they might face. While traffic violations can add up, a traffic stop could also lead to additional allegations and other charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently handling a case that addresses the issues of illegal traffic stops. Specifically, the case focuses on other criminal charges, such as drug charges, resulting after an officer wrongly stops a vehicle.

Winston-Salem man arrested, faces robbery and other charges

When a suspect is arrested on suspicion of a crime, it is important that they understand the details of the situation and the charges they face. This will ensure the defendant understands the seriousness of the consequences they could face while also helping them with their defense.

Authorities in Winston-Salem recently arrested a man suspected to be connected to an armed robbery of an area pharmacy. According to preliminary reports, the 55-year-old suspect was arrested after he allegedly threatened an employee of the pharmacy with a knife and demanded prescription medicine. Police said that the man left the pharmacy with an undisclosed number of prescription pills.

Navigating defense options for a traffic violation

Drivers in North Carolina may be stopped by law enforcement for various reasons. When drivers are suspected of a traffic violation, our firm understands that individuals fear how it will affect their lives and driving abilities. In some cases, a traffic violation could lead to serious penalties, especially if a misdemeanor charge resulted from the incident or violation. Because serious consequences could result, such as a revoked or suspended driver's license, harsh fines and even jail time in some instances, drivers should be aware of their defense options in order to reduce or eliminate the impact that the charges could have on their lives.

Even when a traffic violation appears to be very minor and could have little impact on the life of the driver, even a simple traffic violation can result in the loss of a driver's license. If, for example, the driver has previous violations on his or her record, these violations can quickly add up and lead to costly fines and a suspended license.

Understanding drug trafficking charges and defense options

When a defendant in North Carolina is facing a criminal charge, they often seek to fight the charges and avoid any harsh penalties. In order to establish the strong defense they are entitled to, it is important that they fully understand the charges against them. With regards to drug charges, defendants should be aware that the details of the allegations against them could significantly impact the potential penalties against them. The reduction of a drug trafficking charge or a drug possession charge could reduce the consequences the defendant faces. This is why it is important to understand possible defense strategies that could eliminate or reduce the charges against them.

A drug trafficking charge is considered a felony, which means that it carries much serious penalties than a drug possession charge. This means that the defendant is suspected of selling, transporting or importing an unlawful controlled substance. This includes illegal drugs as well as prescription drugs.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Being accused of a crime, no matter the severity, can severely impact the life of a defendant. Individuals charged with a crime in North Carolina should understand the potential penalties they might face if they are convicted.

Crimes are divided into two general categories, felonies and misdemeanors. A felony is considered the more serious of the two. While misdemeanors are considered lesser crimes, those arrested for such an offense should not take the situation lightly. Although the possible penalties are generally less serious, a jail sentence is still a possibility in many cases. Misdemeanors are classified into three different categories: gross, ordinary and petty.

Understanding driver's rights in a DUI defense

When a driver in North Carolina is pulled over, it is important they understand their rights. In some cases, officers will ask the driver various questions and even ask them to submit to some tests. Our office understands that some drivers do not understand their rights when it comes to traffic stops, especially if they are suspected of drunk driving. Facing a DUI also means enduring possible harsh fines and penalties. Being able to avoid these consequences means understanding driver rights and defense options.

Whether a driver is underage or over the age of 21, being accused of a DUI or a DWI could impact a driver greatly. Even if the suspect's driving record is clean, being charged with a drunk driving offense could mean having their driving privileges suspended or revoked. Even if a driver seeks to fight the drunk driving charge, depending on the situation, their driving privileges could still be affected. This could greatly impact them personally and professionally because driving their own vehicle might be their only means to get to work or any other destination.

What is a DUI checkpoint and is it legal in North Carolina?

Assume that you have been arrested on the charge of driving under the influence, or DUI, and are confused about your rights. The lawyers at Wood and Rabil, LLP, want to help minimize the potential consequences of a DUI conviction. Some DUI arrests happen at what are called DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints are set up in order to catch drivers who are legally too intoxicated to drive. DUI checkpoints are controversial, but are considered to be a legal application of the law in most states, including North Carolina.

A DUI checkpoint consists of a roadblock set up on the interstate during peak times of possible alcohol consumption. Police officers then stop drivers at random in order to check for alcohol consumption that exceeds the legal limit. If you are found to be driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or above, you will most likely be charged with DUI. The checkpoints do not require the officer to have reasonable suspicion of intoxication before he or she pulls a vehicle over.

North Carolina man arrested for $300 in stolen bowties

With so many worldly goods available for our consumption- it's only natural to want these luxuries. However, most of these possessions require an exchange, usually money. It is against the law to simply take things without any compensation. A North Carolina man with a prior record was arrested for shoplifting $300 worth of bowties from a Rockingham department store.

The man reportedly swiped the bowties from a department store at 1305 E. Broad Avenue earlier this week. The police also alleged that the accused stole $39.90 worth of candy bars from a local convenience store. The suspect has 8 prior convictions related to shoplifting and larceny in Richmond County. He now faces two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

North Carolina pizzeria owner arrested on drug charges

The right to defend against criminal charges is important to any accused party. A pizzeria owner in a neighboring North Carolina community less two hours east of Winston-Salem was recently arrested on drug charges. The man is accused of using the pizza restaurant to sell and store drugs. An arrest warrant alleged that the man had more than 200 Oxycodone pills and a couple of ounces of marijuana. The 35-year-old man has been charged with possession of marijuana, opiates and LSD, as well as a weapons' charge.

Marijuana charges can have a significant impact on the course of the accused party's life. Drug charges can lead to serious penalties, such as a possible loss of freedom, and a criminal record that can have a lasting effect on future of an individual accused and convicted of drug charges. The impact of drug possession, and other drug charges, can be devastating for an accused party. There is much as risk when drug charges are at issue.

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