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Underage drunk driving charges in North Carolina

If a North Carolina resident is under the age of 21 and gets pulled over and accused of drunk driving, the laws that apply are substantially more severe than those that apply to a driver over the age of 21. For example, those accused of underage drunk driving can be arrested if they have any measurable level of alcohol in their bloodstreams. Conversely, adult drivers are permitted to operate a motor vehicle as long as they have less than a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration.

At Rowland & Yauger, we frequently represent North Carolina residents accused of underage drinking and driving, and we are acutely aware of the necessity for a meaningful defense. Indeed, the severity of consequences in the event of a conviction requires that young people put their best foot forward while defending against such charges in court. As for long term consequences, an underage drinking conviction could negatively affect an individual's eligibility to receive student loans. It could also affect future job opportunities.

Proposed law could resolve prison overcrowding for drug charges

The number of people convicted of non-violent federal drug crimes has grown by 750 percent in the last 35 years. This has put a significant burden on the federal budget, and many people are saying it is unfair to those convicted of the offenses. North Carolina residents who have been accused of federal drug charges -- or know someone who has been accused of such crimes -- may be happy to hear that these exorbitant sentences could one day disappear.

When the numbers are crunched, many are surprised to find that a large number of the incarcerated persons are being detained for non-violent drug crimes. Due to the considerable strain this is putting on the federal government, one U.S. senator has proposed a legal reform that could fix the problem. The recently introduced bill is called the Smart Sentencing Act.

2 people accused of felony larceny at adult store

A woman and a man have been accused by authorities of breaking and entering with regard to an adult store here in North Carolina. Allegedly, the pair stole money from the store, though the specific amount was not disclosed. Both accused individuals are 22 years old and are each being charged with multiple offenses, including felony breaking and entering as well as felony larceny. The break-in purportedly occurred on Feb. 15, and police were notified of the break-in due to the store alarm.

Authorities were apparently able to use a surveillance video from the store to identify the two individuals who conducted the crime. One was a larger individual with a particular type of mask and gloves. This particular evidence led officials to the home of the man. Supposedly, they found the mask in a creek near the home.

Selecting an attorney for a drug crimes defense

Virtually anyone can get charged with drug crimes, even a person who has never used a drug in his or her life. At Rowland & Yauger, we have seen North Carolina residents charged with drug crimes because they were merely riding in a car with a friend or relative who had narcotics in his or her possession. In such cases, when an innocent person is charged with a drug offense, it may be possible to get the charges dropped or dismissed through a successful criminal defense carried out by an experienced attorney.

During the initial stages of contracting an attorney, you can expect to receive a free initial consultation, when both you and the attorney will have the opportunity to ask questions to determine if the attorney-client relationship will be beneficial. When selecting an attorney, it is important that your lawyer is someone you feel you can trust and with whom you work well. It is also important that your attorney has experience in your type of criminal matter. It is even better if he or she has experience defending individuals against matters in the same courts where yours is being litigated.

Adam Lazzara charged with DWI in North Carolina

Musician Adam Lazzara, who is currently traveling with his Taking back Sunday tour, has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina. The actor was charged with DWI on Sunday, of all days. At this time, it is unknown whether the man was accused of consuming alcohol or using another kind of substance before operating his vehicle. 

Lazzara has been released from jail on a $2,500 bond. Because the performer successfully secured his release from jail, it means that he did not miss his the following concert tour date in New Orleans, which was scheduled for Feb. 18. Next, the tour is expected to make appearances in the Southwest.

2 North Carolina men charged with marijuana drug crimes

Authorities in China Grove have arrested two men on marijuana charges. The North Carolina drug crimes arrests happened on a recent Wednesday in early February after three packages containing what is said to be marijuana were allegedly delivered to a China Grove home. Both men have been charged with various marijuana trafficking drug charges.

The arrests took place after federal and local law enforcement agents claim they witnessed three packages being delivered to a residence in China Grove. Next, two men arrived to pick up the packages, which they put in their vehicle. Police followed the vehicle in secret and purportedly witnessed the men depositing the packages in a building behind another China Grove home. Later, police pulled the men over along Interstate 85 and detained them while performing a search of the second home, which apparently belonged to the family of one of the suspects.

Mixed figurers for frequency of drugged verses drunk driving

Drunk driving arrests appear to be happening less frequently in North Carolina and the rest of the nation, but it is not all good news. Indeed, it appears that instances of drugged driving are on the rise. According to a survey completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a recently completed voluntary test on drivers has identified the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of drugged verses drunk driving in the country.

On the positive side of the equation, the survey documented that drunk driving has declined by 33 percent over the last seven years. In fact, since 1973, drunk driving has actually declined by 80 percent. These are indeed very promising statistics with regard to drunk driving, but in terms of drugged driving, a different story is told. 

Have you been accused of a crime relating to drug manufacturing?

Although different states around the nation are legalizing marijuana for recreational and/or medical purposes, the substance is still illegal in North Carolina. That means that individuals who are growing the drug could be arrested and accused of a crime relating to the offense. If convicted, they could also be sentenced to jail and face other kinds of very serious punishments.

Growing marijuana is considered to be a form of drug manufacturing. The offense is considered to be a felony violation, and that means the threat of prison time for those who are convicted. If one is found guilty of growing marijuana in the vicinity of a school zone, the penalties could be lengthened or worsened.

Employee of popular NASCAR team facing felony larceny charge

There are a number of crimes that are committed in North Carolina and across the country every day. One of these is larceny, which is the unlawful taking of someone else's property without their consent. A North Carolina man who was working with Richard Childress Racing is currently facing a felony larceny charge. Supposedly, he stole a suit from one of the team's drivers as well as three suits from crew members. He then reportedly put them on eBay and sold them.

He was arrested early in January of this year, but he was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. He reportedly made $6,000 for all four of the fire suits. It has been said that the suits did not have any logos of sponsors or numbers of drivers on them.

Defending drivers charged with DWI in North Carolina

North Carolina legislators are always making punishments and penalties associated with drunk driving more severe, which has given our state the reputation of being one of the toughest on convicted drunk drivers. That said, a driver charged with DWI must be convicted before he or she can be punished for the crime. Sometimes a conviction is more difficult for the prosecution to achieve than might generally be thought.

At Rowland & Yauger, we have extensive experience representing drivers accused of DWI and DUI. We know the ins and outs of North Carolina drunk driving statues and a variety of legal defense strategies that can be employed in virtually any situation. Mostly, we represent individuals Randolph, Moore and Montgomery counties. However, we also handle cases in Cumberland, Lee, Hoke and Chatham.

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