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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.

North Carolina classification of misdemeanors

There are various classifications to North Carolina crimes and criminal charges. On the scale of seriousness, misdemeanors fall right in the middle, above infractions and below felonies. It is important to understand the classification because this has a major impact on both the criminal procedure, as well as the potential punishments.

The North Carolina General Assembly describes the law that applies to the classification of various crimes. Section 15A-1340.23 of the North Carolina Statutes lists each class of offense, along with the punishment limits.

Review of North Carolina's texting-while-driving ban

When an officer believes that a driver has violated a law, they will pull them over. Whether it is a standard traffic stop or following an accident, the driver could face serious consequences for their suspected crime.

Five years ago, North Carolina implemented into law a texting-while-driving ban. More specifically, the law prohibits drivers from reading text messages or sending messages while the car is in motion. For drivers under the age of 18, the law is even stricter and prevents all cell phone use while the vehicle is moving, with a few limited exceptions. Minors are also prevented from accessing any type of digital media while driving including digital cameras, email and the Internet. The state also bans bus drivers from using cell phones in any way while driving.

Push for new ignition interlock law in North Carolina

North Carolina is no a stranger to the use of ignition interlocks. The state currently requires three categories of drivers to have the systems installed in their cars. The categories include drivers who refuse to take a Breathalyzer test, drivers who have three or more DWI convictions in the past seven years -- and finally, drivers with a blood alcohol content over .15 or more.

But there are some North Carolina residents who do not think this is enough. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is heading the effort to require every person convicted of drunk driving to install the ignition interlock. According to one MADD NC executive, even first time DWI offenders are just as dangerous as the categories of offenders currently covered under the state's interlock law.

City focuses on theft as shoplifting increases this summer

In order to target specific crimes or specific problems in the community, law enforcement agencies often organize initiatives to focus their efforts. A city in North Carolina has launched one of these initiatives to battle a recent increase in shoplifting cases.

The High Point Police Department is behind the "Larceny Theft Initiative," which will work with surrounding businesses to deter shoplifting. The rise in larceny may be related to the season, crime rates generally increase during the summer months. Shoplifters are fairly successful too. According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention, a person is caught stealing only one out of 48 times an attempt is made.

Illegal fireworks constitute misdemeanor in North Carolina

North Carolina residents are probably aware that the state has very strict fireworks laws. But that does not stop many residents from sneaking them across the border from South Carolina ever year in order to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang. Fireworks stores across state lines see big business from out-of-state residents who admit that they intend to bring the wares back into North Carolina.

Shooting off illegal fireworks within the state constitutes a misdemeanor. But lighting a firework is not the only crime. As soon as the illegal fireworks cross the border into North Carolina, police can press criminal charges.

Deferred judgment option for North Carolina defendants

Not all criminal charges are the same. Even within the same type of crime, the situations and circumstances leading up to an arrest and criminal charge are different for each case. This is important to consider when preparing a strong defense against the charges. A good defense will focus on the particular facts of each case and also utilize the various opportunities available to defendants and hopefully avoid the establishment of a criminal record.

One of these possible opportunities or outcomes is deferred-prosecution. The grandson of a U.S. Representative from North Carolina, Virginia Foxx, was recently entered into a deferred-prosecution agreement following an arrest on drug charges.

North Carolina city to increase traffic violations

Everyone can agree that texting and driving is unsafe. Texting and cell phone use while driving a car is the epitome of distracted driving and can quickly cause an accident. Law enforcement patrols the streets to look for signs of distracted driving or other negligent behavior. There is a good reason for their concern. Since last year, distracted driving has been an issue in 71 accidents in Cary, North Carolina, where the campaign took place.

In addition to cell phone use, speeding, ignoring traffic laws and drunk driving are other forms of negligent driving. Police officers in Cary recently participated in a campaign that focused on the dangers of texting and driving, but the officers ticketed a number of drivers for various traffic violations.

Golf cart driver accused of drunk driving

Many North Carolina residents spent the past weekend watching the U.S. Open on television, cheering on their favorites golfers. Some lucky people maybe even watched it live at Pinehurst in North Carolina. The major events usually draw large crowds of spectators, as well as reporters. Reporters are there to give a live account of the tournament and the players. But one reporter and his golf cart driver caught the attention of the media for another reason.

During Saturday's play, the person driving the golf cart for an NBC reporter allegedly ran over a police officer's foot. According to another reporter who witnessed the scene, the driver of the cart was leaving the tee area when he apparently hurt the officer's foot. What proceeded was likely a sight to behold.

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