We are casting our net a little wide of North Carolina today to talk about an accident that occurred in Rhode Island. To date, there are no criminal charges (the accident happened on Thursday, March 26), but there may be. And we know of no civil action, though there may be. The issue for us
Continue Reading 9-year-old Girl Killed In Bus Accident. Now What?
We are talking about tax evasion, or the willful attempt to avoid paying a lawfully due tax. As a refresher from our last post, it’s a felony, and you can land in prison for as long as five years. The question, of course, is how the IRS figures out that someone has willfully declined to
Continue Reading The IRS Sees You When You’re Sleeping, Knows When You’re Awake
We say it often, but it bears repeating: In criminal law, intent is almost everything. You may knock someone out in a bar fight and find yourself in jail. If the prosecutor can prove that you hit the guy intending to kill him, you are facing much more serious charges. Look through our website and
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We are wrapping up our discussion of changes to North Carolina’s criminal code that took effect on Dec. 1. The list looks a little haphazard — there is a trivia game in there somewhere: What do BB guns, Venus flytraps, inmates and cellphones have in common? Not much. A few of them, however, show that
Continue Reading NC’s New Criminal Laws P4: Concealed Guns, Inmates And Cellphones
We are continuing our discussion of laws that went into effect on Dec. 1, and we thought it was time to look at the new law protecting the Venus flytrap. The North Carolina General Assembly, on the recommendation of conservation groups, has increased the penalty for Venus flytrap poaching. The crime had been a misdemeanor.
Continue Reading Feed Me, Seymour: NC’s New Criminal Laws P3