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Is Marijuana Legal in North Carolina?

Although Colorado and a handful of other states have legalized marijuana for recreational use and medical use, weed is still not legal federally or in North Carolina. You can be charged and convicted with a misdemeanor or felony in North Carolina for selling, possessing, or using pot.  If this is your first charge, you may

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Think Twice Before You Use a Self-Checkout

Over the past decade self-checkouts at big box stores and grocery stores have gained popularity, eliminating the need for staffing as many cashiers and making it easier for those only buying a small amount of items to pay quickly. However, one small mistake could land you in criminal court.  If you forget to scan an

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Do Police Listen to Jail Calls?

Do law enforcement officers listen to personal jail calls? Yes, they generally do, and they can and will use these calls against you. Detention centers do record calls between inmates and family and/or friends. Someone will listen to these calls, and report any incriminating information back to the district attorney’s office. This information could be

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Assault By Pointing a Gun

Assault by pointing a gun is a Class A1 misdemeanor in North Carolina, which is the highest level misdemeanor. A person is guilty of assault by pointing a gun when he or she points a gun at another.  It does not matter if the person pointed the gun at someone in jest. It also does not

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What is the Difference Between Misdemeanor Larceny and Shoplifting in North Carolina?

Misdemeanor larceny and shoplifting are not the same crime in North Carolina, but are very similar. Misdemeanor larceny is Class 1 misdemeanor; shoplifting is a Class 3 misdemeanor. This means the punishment for misdemeanor larceny is higher than the punishment for misdemeanor shoplifting.  Larceny is the act of taking personal property in the possession of

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Failure to Reduce Speed Ticket

You are driving south on Capital Boulevard in rush hour traffic and the car in front of you slams on its brakes. You try to stop, but you are a half second too late. Your car bumps the car in front of you. Someone calls the police, and you receive a failure to reduce speed

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What is District Court Like in North Carolina?

What exactly is criminal district court like in North Carolina? Ultimately, it depends on the day. Some days, court is quick and quiet; other days it is chaotic and takes up the full four hour session (or longer).  When you enter the courtroom, you are expected to sit behind the bar (the short wooden wall

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