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If you refuse to walk and turn, will you lose your license?

If you happen to be driving home after a night out with friends in North Carolina, and a police officer flashes lights for you to pull over, the incident will be far from isolated. This type of thing happens nearly every day to someone, somewhere in the state. It's crucial to remain as calm and cooperative as possible when you wind down your window and meet the onslaught of questioning likely to occur.

If, at some point, the officer asks you to exit your vehicle, you can logically assume he or she suspects of you a crime, most likely DWI. If that's the case, the officer may request that you take several field sobriety tests. Many motorists mistakenly believe they're legally obligated to do so. You are not; such tests are voluntary and incur no criminal or administrative penalty upon refusal. Chemical testing, however, is another story. By implied consent law, you will automatically sustain license suspension if you refuse such tests.

Fatal collision leads to DWI charges for 1 in North Carolina

Once a vehicle travels off the road, the driver may have little time to respond quickly enough to prevent a subsequent collision. Should this accident lead to the death of a passenger, the driver may feel the weight of this experience throughout the rest of his or her life. Unfortunately, a man is now facing DWI charges following a recent single-car accident that claimed the life of a passenger in North Carolina.

According to authorities, the incident took place just after 1 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning when the man's vehicle left the road and struck several trees. The force of the impact reportedly caused the vehicle to split apart before overturning, and a passenger was pronounced dead on the scene soon thereafter. Police claim the man was traveling above the speed limit at the time and he was unable to navigate a curve in the road.

Attempt to provide transportation leads to drug charges for 2

Showing up to a correctional facility to provide a family member with a ride home may be considered by some as a kind gesture. However, even with the best of intentions at heart, doing so while allegedly in possession of illegal drugs is never advisable. Two men in North Carolina are reportedly facing drug charges after an incident said to have taken place under similar circumstances led to the search of their vehicle.

According to reports, the incident began when law enforcement agents allegedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from within a vehicle that was parked outside a local jail. The driver of the vehicle was reportedly waiting to provide transportation for a family member who was being released from the facility. Officers proceeded to search the vehicle soon thereafter and claim that this process unearthed a bag of marijuana and several doses of THC oil.

Former employees of loan agency accused of embezzlement

In certain lines of work, employees are given the authority to oversee financial transactions on a daily basis. Should a company become suspicious that monetary assets are being mishandled, the subsequent search for answers could leave an employee facing allegations of embezzlement. Two former workers for a loan agency in North Carolina have been accused of conspiring with others to embezzle a substantial sum of money from the company.

The investigation began after the loan agency notified authorities of the possible presence of fraudulent financial activity. After looking into the matter further, police claim to have discovered evidence that indicated two employees at the agency had embezzled over $200,000. They assert that these individuals worked with several others to cash as many as 50 checks, some of which were allegedly written by using the personal information of others.

Collision with parked semi leaves country deputy accused of DWI

A motor vehicle accident can occur at any given moment and under a variety of circumstances. However, when there is only one driver involved, authorities may feel more inclined to suspect the presence of unlawful behavior. A county deputy in North Carolina has recently been arrested and charged with a DWI after allegedly hitting a parked vehicle while driving an official vehicle.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on a recent Monday. Authorities assert that while driving an agency vehicle, the man struck a tractor-trailer that was parked at an intersection. Upon responding to reports of the collision, authorities claim that they discovered the deputy to be under the influence of alcohol, and he was taken into custody soon thereafter.

North Carolina woman arrested and accused of felony drug charges

When an individual has a loved one who is serving time behind bars, he or she may wish to sent them letters from time to time. Any packages that are mailed to an inmate are checked prior to delivery to prevent any prohibited objects from being received. A woman in North Carolina is facing drug charges after she allegedly attempted to send heroin to a man in a local detention center.

According to authorities, the incident began when officials performed an inspection on several parcels that were intended for an inmate at the facility. During this process, authorities claim that the packages were found to be holding an unspecified amount of heroin. Law enforcement agents initiated an investigation into the matter, and assert that one individual was responsible for sending all the packages.

Nip marijuana legal problems in the bud

After going to school in a western state, you became a believer that using marijuana has potential benefits, especially for people who suffer certain adverse health conditions. Out west, you enjoyed smoking the herb while socializing with your college friends. It never posed a problem since recreational use is legal there and you were careful to follow the rules. The marijuana topic is definitely a touchy one, however, especially in areas like Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where conservative viewpoints are common.

You pride yourself on being open-minded to new ideas. Getting on board with other activists to seek legal reform of marijuana laws is simply one way you feel you progressed in college. The problem is, you can think whatever you want, but the law is the law and once you came back home to North Carolina, you were immediately subject to the marijuana laws of this state.

Litigation: Man dies after being involved in 2 separate crashes

Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be a scary experience. While exchanging information and assessing damages, those involved in an accident could still be in harm's way if there is traffic nearby. Should an individual be struck and killed by another vehicle under similar circumstances, his or her family may wish to pursue restitution through litigation. A recent accident that took place under similar conditions in North Carolina has claimed the life of a 24-year-old man.

According to reports, the initial collision occurred at around 1:30 a.m. and involved two vehicles. Although the accident was not deemed serious in nature, one of the vehicles was rendered inoperable in the process. While the driver of the car and several others were attempting to move it out of the lanes of traffic, a truck failed to notice it and struck it from behind, subsequently causing it to knock the man into the median.

Search of home leads to drug charges for 3 in North Carolina

An investigation into the presence of drug activity can stem merely from the words of another party. Should an anonymous tip lead to the obtaining and execution of a search warrant, those who reside within may find themselves facing criminal charges. Three individuals have recently been arrested and are now facing drug charges following an incident that took place under similar circumstances in North Carolina.

According to authorities, the incident began after they received an anonymous tip concerning the possible presence of drug activity at a local residence. Upon arriving at the location, they claim to have caught the scent of marijuana emanating from the home, and proceeded to obtain and execute a search warrant. During the search, police allegedly uncovered the presence of 3 grams of marijuana and 13 grams of cocaine, along with a stolen firearm and drug paraphernalia.

1 facing felony fraud charges following recent investigation

Felony white collar crimes are serious in nature, and a conviction for similar charges carries consequences that could have a substantial impact on a person's life. Those accused of crimes such as fraud or embezzlement may wish to protect their futures, but the process can be challenging, potentially prompting a need for guidance. A 44-year-old investment adviser in North Carolina is now facing felony fraud charges, and he could be preparing for what comes next by focusing on his defense with guidance from an attorney.

The investigation reportedly began when a company the man owns became the subject of an investigation. Upon learning that the Securities and Exchange Commission intended to investigate his company, he allegedly attempted to have an information technology specialist assist in the removal of evidence. Authorities also claim he created fictitious financial records to assist in the explanation of certain transactions.

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