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Seeking guidance in civil litigation following a fatal collision

Losing a loved one in a tragic accident can be difficult to accept, especially if another party is deemed at fault. With prevalent causes such as drunken and distracted driving, car accidents are a common occurrence, many of which have devastating consequences. Families of victims in North Carolina who are in fatal collisions often choose to seek compensation for their loss, potentially prompting a need for assistance during subsequent litigation.

A two-car collision that took place just before daybreak on a recent Monday claimed the life of a 28-year-old woman. According to police, another vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and hit her vehicle head-on. While the other driver was rushed to the hospital following the crash and is reportedly in critical condition, the woman was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

North Carolina man facing multiple charges, including DWI

Facing the potential consequences of a traffic violation is often stressful enough on its own. However, in some cases, such a violation may lead to additional accusations as well, which can increase the severity of the situation exponentially. A North Carolina man is facing multiple charges, including DWI, after he was allegedly spotted driving with a revoked license.

According to reports, local authorities were conducting a surveillance operation at a residence that was suspected of drug activity. At some point during the process, they claim to have witnessed the man driving to and from this location and allegedly recognized him from a previous investigation. Police then attempted to initiate a traffic stop for suspicion of driving on a revoked license, and assert that he began to flee.

Former sheriff's captain arrested and accused of embezzlement

When accused of a crime, many individuals find the process to be stressful and intimidating. Criminal allegations are taken seriously, perhaps especially when concerning individuals within law enforcement. A former captain at a sheriff's office in Georgia has been arrested and accused of embezzlement after he allegedly stole money from an evidence safe.

According to reports, a local sheriff requested an investigation after noticing certain discrepancies in the office. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was apparently called in to look into the matter, which eventually led to charges against a captain within the office. He was arrested and accused of stealing as much as $3,500 from the safe, and is now facing felony embezzlement charges.

1 facing multiple drug charges after undercover investigation

Countless individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere have been the subject of an undercover investigation over the years. These investigations are often undertaken with the intent of reducing the flow of illegal drugs. A 53-year-old man has recently been arrested on two separate occasions, and is now facing multiple drug charges in relation to both incidents.

According to reports, the man has been the subject of a recent undercover drug investigation, and this was apparently the second time he has been arrested in the past two months. The first arrest took place in April, after police executed a search warrant at a local residence. Police claim to have discovered methamphetamine and oxycodone during the search, and took him into custody.

Will I lose my driving privileges if convicted on a DUI charge?

North Carolina residents who are facing DUI charges likely have a lot of questions about how it will affect them if the court ultimately convicts them. The truth is, a DUI charge can affect you both personally and professionally. For example, you may lose your driving privileges temporarily or permanently.

How can I find out how long a suspension or revocation will last? Can I fight a suspension or revocation?

Teacher accused of DWI following alleged evasion of arrest

Attempting to evade a traffic stop can increase suspicion of criminal activity. Individuals who try to avoid or outrun authorities while driving often face severe consequences and additional charges after the chase ends. A teacher is now facing multiple charges, in addition to DWI accusations, after an alleged police chase in North Carolina.

Just after midnight on a recent Saturday, police claim to have come upon a driver that appeared to be intoxicated. After attempting to initiate a traffic stop, they assert that the driver began to flee, eventually running through a traffic light. Stating an inability to pursue her for safety reasons, they say they deployed spike traps in her path that slowly deflated her tires, allowing them to stop the vehicle and arrest the woman.

3 ways states are challenging asset forfeiture laws

Being accused of criminal conduct like embezzlement can be enormously upsetting, particularly if you have never been in trouble with the law before. There are many difficult lessons you can wind up learning, including the fact that police can seize your money or property if they believe it is tied to criminal activity.

Considering how unfair this practice is and how often it is exploited for the benefit law enforcement agencies across the country, it is promising to hear that numerous states are challenging asset forfeiture laws in a few different ways.

Sessions: Prosecutors are to seek mandatory minimum drug sentences

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a policy memo on Friday directing all federal prosecutors to seek "a reasonable sentence" under the federal sentencing guidelines as currently written. This includes seeking mandatory minimum sentences in all drug cases, including marijuana prosecutions.

"It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense," reads the memo. "By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory-minimum sentences."

Motorist rights at DWI checkpoints

It's Thursday night at 10 p.m., and you're ready to go home. A few hours earlier, your co-workers invited to you to a happy hour to celebrate a long holiday weekend. Two drinks turned into dinner on the patio, which led to a few more drinks later, and now it's bedtime. You think you're good to drive, but on the highway home, you see traffic ahead of you backed up for a half a mile. Why? Ahead of the jam is a site that makes your heart sink - a DWI checkpoint. Are you sure you'll pass the test?

There's no turning around now - you will have to talk to the police. These roadblocks are legal in the state of North Carolina, so it's important to understand your rights before you see the line of brake lights. Even if you think you'll be asked to take a breathalyzer, you still have rights when stopped at a DWI checkpoint.

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