Laws regarding marijuana use for medicinal and recreational purposes vary significantly among states. North Carolina is certainly not at the forefront of marijuana legalization. Currently, medical marijuana is legal only for people diagnosed with epilepsy, and then with a number of restrictions.
A shoplifting arrest can ruin the holiday season. Unfortunately, it happens. Sometimes people, distracted by all they have to do, accidentally leave or begin to leave a store while in possession of merchandise they haven't paid for. Other times, the temptation to take a little something you really need or want is too much to resist.
When you go to the polls on Nov. 6 (or sooner, if you're voting early), there are a number of laws that govern your behavior and that of others. Of course, things that are illegal anywhere else are also illegal at polling places. A man was recently arrested at a polling location in Charlotte where early voters were casting their ballots. He allegedly harassed a campaign volunteer and threatened to assault him.
Last month, federal officials announced that 76 people here in North Carolina were arrested in an undercover drug operation that involved multiple law enforcement agencies. The purpose of the sting was to apprehend people engaged in drug trafficking on and around tribal lands — specifically, those belonging to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians — and to work to break up the drug distribution networks in that area.
As most every driver knows, it's illegal in North Carolina and across the country to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. You can be arrested for DWI/DUI if a Breathalyzer test puts you over the limit even if you've exhibited no other indication that you're under the influence and haven't been swerving, speeding or committing other traffic violations. Under the law, this is called "per se intoxicated."
A Wake Forest University basketball coach is facing criminal charges and has been suspended from his job after a tragic incident that left a man dead.
One North Carolina town has lost its entire police department -- at least temporarily. The whole thing started with the arrest of the Southport's police chief and his lieutenant on July 26.
Because Statesville is not one of North Carolina's larger cities, most crimes reported in the area are minor. However, serious offenses like murder, homicide and manslaughter do occur.
If a person dealing drugs gives out drugs to multiple people and one of them dies, should he or she be held responsible for that death? That's a question that will have to be answered because of this case in North Carolina.
Of all the types of drug crimes you could be accused of, being accused of selling, distributing or trafficking drugs is one of the worst. This is a felony crime and one that is taken more seriously than simple drug possession. Why? It implies that you're spreading the use of illegal substances around the country, which makes more work for the authorities and hurts individuals.