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Man assaults two police officers and faces a felony charge

Most North Carolina residents like to unwind after a hard day's work. Some take it easy and stay in to watch TV while others prefer to go out to a local bar with friends or coworkers. Most nights out lead to happy, more relaxed people but, occasionally, they end in violence and with individuals facing a felony charge, as is the case with a construction worker recently.

Last Saturday in Murphy, a construction worker from another state assaulted two police officers while they attempted to arrest him, according to the investigators. He is now facing two felony charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer. Someone called 911 when the man was seen to be disruptive, drunk and driving. 

Investigators determining if criminal offense was a hate crime

Many North Carolina residents are aware of the recent shooting at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. The incident has shocked many in the community, as the campus had experienced no violent crime in recent years. As authorities investigate the matter, they are looking into whether the criminal offense could be considered to be a hate crime.

The shooting took place on a recent Monday, when investigators believe that a student at the school walked into the print shop office and fired a single shot at an employee. The weapon used was a pistol-grip shotgun. The man who was killed was a long-time employee at Wayne Community College and ran the school's print shop. The man who fired the shot had worked in the print shop as part of a work-study program, but he was recently released from that program due to poor attendance.

2 Richmond County women arrested for theft crime

Two women from Richmond County were arrested Saturday night. A 30-year-old resident of Hamlet and a 28-year-old of Rockingham were taken to the Moore County Detention Center in Carthage early Sunday morning and charged with shoplifting, as well as drug possession. They had been arrested the previous night in Aberdeen. There is no indication in the booking records of the location where the supposed theft crime occurred.

The 30-year-old woman was charged with aiding in shoplifting, drug possession and breaking the state's open container law. The suspect is being held on a $4,000 bond. The 28-year-old woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and shoplifting, as well as having an open container and drug paraphernalia possession. She is being held on a $2,000 bond.

What information do attorneys need to build a criminal defense?

If you have been accused of committing a crime in North Carolina, you will have the right to a criminal defense. You will also have the right to a criminal defense attorney. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, you can build a defense strategy to suit your individual needs.

When an attorney takes on your particular case, he or she will likely request specific documentation relating to your arrest. Some of this documentation may be in your possession. Otherwise, your attorney will request the documentation from the appropriate sources.

2 common defenses against drug possession charges

North Carolina residents who are arrested and charged with drug possession have a wide variety of criminal defense techniques available to them for use during their criminal proceedings. It may benefit those accused of drug possession crimes to familiarize themselves with these defenses because it will help accused individuals better communicate with their defense attorneys and make more beneficial decisions about their cases. The following are two of the most common criminal defenses relating to drug possession. 

One of the most common defenses in drug possession cases relates to the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens from being subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures. Unless a police officer obtains a warrant, obtains permission from the person being searched or directly sees evidence of drugs in plain sight, he or she may not search a person's residence, vehicle, clothing, bags or person. If an officer obtains evidence in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the evidence will be inadmissible, and the accused person's case could be dismissed.

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.

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