NC’s New Criminal Laws Cover Topics From BB Guns To Venus Flytraps

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A handful of laws went into effect on Dec. 1 that will change how North Carolina’s criminal justice system handles some offenses and some offenders. We discussed perhaps the most far-reaching change in our Nov. 6 post, NC Voters approve defendant felon’s right to waive jury trial. Only time will tell if bench trials are
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Most Defendants Can Now Waive Jury Trial In North Carolina

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A new law went into effect in North Carolina at the beginning of the month that allows defendants to waive their right to a trial by jury and instead choose to have their case tried by a judge. Historically, the state Constitutional has afforded all criminal defendants in felony cases the state the right to
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Shoplifting Can Result In A Misdemeanor Or Felony Charge

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Shoplifting is a significant issue nationwide, including here in North Carolina. This is a problem that costs businesses and consumers a pretty penny every year and, as such, is not something that is taken lightly. Those accused of shoplifting may face a number of consequences if prosecutors are able to secure a conviction. Shoplifting is
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Do All Drug Offenses Warrant Jail Or Prison Time?

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While drug crimes are certainly a serious issue in North Carolina, some may wonder if all of them warrant jail or prison time. Drug offenses vary in their severity, and those who are accused of low level offenses may benefit from treatment rather than punishment. In some cases, Drug Treatment Court simply is the better
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