NC Voters Approve Defendant Felon’s Right To Waive Jury Trial

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North Carolina’s constitution will change on Dec. 1, 2014, thanks to a referendum vote on Tuesday. The measure passed by a narrow margin (53 percent), perhaps because the lack of media coverage and some wrangling within the legal community. The amendment allows a defendant charged with a felony to waive his or her right to
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Think You Can Refuse A Blood Test After A DWI Crash? Think Again

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A Raleigh woman has learned the hard way that her own tragedy will not shield her from criminal charges. The 49-year-old was in a car accident a few weeks ago that left her seriously injured. Her 12-year-old son died in the crash. According to police reports, the woman was speeding and driving erratically at around
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Can A Minor Be Charged With Statutory Rape In North Carolina?

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This is a complicated area of the law, and a short answer may not make sense with some background information. It goes without saying that anyone accused of or charged with statutory rape would be wise to consult with a criminal defense attorney at once. Let’s review first who qualifies as a minor in North
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A Quick Review Of Where We’ve Been And Why We Went There

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For the past few years, we have used this blog as a forum to discuss a number of different aspects of criminal law. We have discussed sobriety checkpoints; we have talked about football players being arrested for driving while intoxicated. We have talked about theft and murder and drug crimes. We have talked about exonerations,
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Lawsuit Against DEA Shows Legal Problems Linked To Social Media

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Be careful what you put on the Internet. It’s a saying we’ve heard time and time again, whether it was said by your parents or technology experts. In many situations, the information you put on the Internet can be accessed by anyone. Instead of it being your personal information, it becomes public information. But at
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