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Powerball winner arrested for drug charges

Sometimes, people find themselves tangled up in the wrong crowd and it can be a challenge to find a new crowd. Sometimes, the wrong crowd can cause troubles for those who aren't looking for trouble. This might be the case for the recent arrest on drug charges for a North Carolina woman.

Several months ago, a North Carolina woman, a former McDonald's employee, was one of three Powerball winners; her share was $188 million. She planned to move out of the trailer where she and her four children, all under the age of 10, were sharing the space with several other families. Apparently, one of the roommates was a known felon who had previously been arrested and held for a $3 million bond, which the woman had paid out of her lottery winnings. It is alleged that the two may be engaged.

Teen dies in crash, driver charged with driving while impaired

Driving while impaired can get drivers and their passengers in a multitude of problems. In North Carolina, being charged with driving while impaired when under the legal drinking age is quite severe. Being convicted of such allegations can affect a young person's opportunities at obtaining a job or going to college as well as receiving school loans. 

On Saturday, July 11, 2015, a 20-year-old female was driving an SUV with six passengers. Just before midnight outside of Waxhaw city limits in Union County, the driver lost control of the SUV and drove off the right side of the road, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman. She then overcorrected, crossed the center line, went off the opposite side of the road and finally stopped when the vehicle hit a tree. No other cars were involved in the crash.

Sergeant arrested for a crime he likely did not intend to commit

When a 25-year-old Army sergeant set off to have his photograph taken at a studio in a North Carolina mall on a recent Friday morning, he likely never expected to be accused of a crime. The young man caused chaos when he arrived at the mall wearing a military-issued tactical vest, a military rifle, and several high-capacity magazines. This occurred during a holiday weekend when consumers were warned to be watchful, and the young man was arrested for a crime that he likely never intended to commit.

The first alarm was apparently raised when a call was made to 911 reporting a man carrying an assault rifle in the shopping complex. One shopper said hysteria broke out and children started screaming. Police reacted and evacuated the building. Although initial reports to 911 claiming a second gun-wielding man to have been inside the mall, it was established that the 25-year-old sergeant was alone.

Marijuana found in home, drug charges against teacher and family

Laws concerning the use, possession and manufacturing of marijuana are ever-changing from state to state. Certain amounts are legal in one state while it is a crime in another. Drug charges pertaining to marijuana in North Carolina can be confusing. An important thing to remember when being charged for drug crimes is that you are innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Authorities have arrested a 22-year-old woman, who is a Johnson County high school social studies teacher, along with her 19-year-old sister and their mother and father on multiple drug offenses relating to marijuana. The teacher lives with her family in Knightdale, North Carolina, where police allegedly found 10 pounds of marijuana in their Knightdale home last Friday. All four members of the family are facing charges for manufacturing marijuana, drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for keeping or selling controlled substances.

Theft crime: Police arrest 4 after break-in at jewelry store

The circumstances of each North Carolina resident are unique, and a variety of situations can drive an individual to commit theft. There may be a critical shortage of money, a problematic home life or other desperate situations. However, regardless of the reason for committing a theft crime, it remains a serious offense. After a recent break-in at a jewelry store, four people were taken into custody.

A police report indicates that the break-in occurred one evening in the latter part of June. It was determined that the robbers took 23 rings with a total value of $85,000. In an attempt to recover the stolen property, the jewelry store owner had flyers printed that detailed the stolen items. These were distributed to other jewelry stores in the area, cash-for-gold dealers and pawn shops. This exercise proved successful, as the store owner recovered 18 rings worth $51,350.

How does the criminal process work in drug crimes cases?

North Carolina residents who have been arrested for drug crimes -- especially those arrested for the first time -- will have a lot of questions about how the criminal process works in our state. No matter how serious your drug crimes charges are, you will remain innocent before the court of all your charges until -- and only if -- you are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. What this means is that you will have an opportunity to defend yourself against the charges, and no conviction can occur if the prosecution is not able to meet its burden of proof.

The vast majority of criminal cases start in district court, at which time accused individuals will be advised of their right to legal counsel. Individuals will have choice of defending themselves, having a court appointed public defender when they did not have the funds to retain private counsel or hiring a private criminal defense attorney of their own choosing. It is always advisable that accused parties obtain a legal representative rather than trying to defend themselves. 

North Carolina husband and wife arrested on drug charges

Police in North Carolina have charged a man and woman with growing marijuana. Deputies say that the two were cultivating the illegal plants in their backyard. The married couple, aged 43 and 44, faces a variety of drug charges relating to the allegations.

The couple was arrested on a recent Sunday after a North Carolina State Highway Patrol Air Unit flew over their residence and allegedly spotted the marijuana plants. Police claim that they performed a search of the residence and backyard after obtaining a search warrant. During their search, they say they confiscated a total of 32 marijuana plants, which authorities assume the accused individuals were going to illegally sell and/or distribute. 

Drunk driving defense in North Carolina

A drunk driving arrest might happen in a variety of ways, but it in most cases it happens during a traffic stop. If a North Carolina officer detects the odor of alcohol or notices that a driver's voice is slurred, the officer might decide to perform a blood alcohol test and/or field sobriety test. The results of those tests, and the officer's interpretation of those results, could trigger a drunk driving arrest.

Some individuals accused of drunk driving and some individuals are actually guilty of the offense. Regardless which situation you happen to be in, there is a criminal defense strategy that will effectively suit your needs. In some cases, the defense of an innocent individual will focus on getting the drunk driving charges dropped or dismissed. In other cases, it will focus on reducing any punishments associated with the conviction of an individual who is guilty of the act.

Ulbricht's mother calls drug trafficking sentence too harsh

A federal judge in the Northeast sentenced the creator of the Silk Road website to life in prison last Friday without the possibility for parole. The 31-year-old's mother has since been interviewed by Huffington Post regarding the matter. Just like any mother would be in North Carolina and other areas of the country, the woman is devastated. She said that the verdict made her feel like her son has died, and she worries for her son's safety while he is in prison. Ulbricht was convicted of multiple charges, which included but were not limited to computer hacking, money laundering and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking.

Ms. Ulbricht is hopeful that her son's attorneys will be successful during appeal. She mentioned how unfair a lifetime sentence is considering that none of her son's crimes were violent in nature and he does not have a prior criminal history. In her opinion, the punishment is politically motivated and her son is -- in this respect -- a political prisoner of the United States government.

Theft crime alleged against woman in North Carolina

According to reports from a county sheriff's office, deputies recently issued charges against a woman. She is accused of a theft crime in April in North Carolina, involving a vehicle that apparently did not belong to her. At that time, officers were called to Shipyard Road on reports of a vehicle break-in.

Reports indicate that officers who responded to the call arrived at the scene to discover that the vehicle in question had, indeed, been entered. Officials say that personal checks and a debit card were reported missing from the car. The police conducted a preliminary investigation that led them to pursue a female suspect.

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