Law Change Ups Ante on Sex Crimes for Some School Workers

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Anyone faced with a sex crime charge in North Carolina faces serious consequences if they are convicted. And with action taken recently by the General Assembly, the stakes have been raised even higher, at least for certain individuals who work around students in the state’s school systems. Lawmakers gave final approval late last month to
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Talk to an Attorney, Not Police, After an Assault Arrest

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Many people may not realize it, but an assault charge can end up impacting someone’s life for years to come. Not only are there the criminal consequences that can come from a conviction, but having a conviction on one’s record can limit housing, employment and educational opportunities. This means that a mistake or misunderstanding today
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Can You Tell from Our Jails That Mental Illness is Not a Crime? P3

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We are talking about mental illness and a new national initiative called “Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.” The initiative asks county and city governments across the country to commit to finding effective ways to handle detainees with mental illness. Clearly, holding detainees while they
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Can You Tell from Our Jails That Mental Illness is Not a Crime? P2

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We are talking about jails and the incarceration of people with mental illness. This isn’t the first time we’ve broached the subject: We wrote about it in a series of posts (American jails have become de facto psychiatric facilities) — in 2011. Have our efforts to address the problem failed, or have we just given
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What is a Criminal Conspiracy?

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Stories about drug conspiracies are common news items in North Carolina. Just recently, six men were charged by federal prosecutors in Charlotte with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Five of the six defendants face life in prison if convicted, according to WSOC-TV. Our readers likely know what the word “conspiracy” means, but may
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