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Wrongful death lawsuit possible following North Carolina crash

Millions of drivers in the United States travel roadways every day. Despite being in control of machinery that weighs several thousand pounds, many people overlook the potential harm that even a single moment of distraction can cause. In fact, a woman in North Carolina is now facing criminal charges after police say she caused a fatal accident; the family members of the deceased victims may also choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

The incident happened one morning on a day in mid-May. According to reports, a 22-year-old woman was headed northeast when her vehicle allegedly sideswiped a truck that was hauling a food truck. That truck is said to have struck a vehicle containing a mother and her son, who both passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

White collar crime goes beyond fraud

At some point or another, you may have heard the term "white collar crime." While that term does not point to a specific crime, it does encompass several different crimes, typically those that involve individuals using nefarious means for monetary gain.

Because there are many types of white collar crime, you may need to know more about the specifics if you ever find yourself accused of this type of criminal behavior. By understanding what authorities have accused you of, you may have a better chance of creating a meaningful defense against the allegations.

Father, son accused of fraud in North Carolina

When it comes to running a business, there are often difficult decisions that must be made, especially during a recession. While some companies struggle through, others must make the difficult to decision to close. Unfortunately, North Carolina officials claim that a father and son turned to fraud.

The case involves and 72-year-old man and his 51-year-old son. The state has accused the duo of defrauding it of just under $150,000. The father reportedly owned the Foot & Ankle Center of the Carolinas, P.A. His son managed the business operations, making personnel and payroll decisions.

Recently elected North Carolina mayor accused of DWI

There are many moments in life that people like to celebrate. The news that a person has recently won an election may be a reason for some. However, police in North Carolina claim that a man who had recently won a mayoral election was driving under the influence, resulting in his arrest and subsequent charges of DWI.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in early May. It involved a man who had recently won a North Carolina mayoral election. According to reports, he served the town as mayor upon appointment several years earlier. However, he lost an election in 2013. The most recent election was a repeat after a discrepancy was discovered in the 2017 election.

Insurance fraud accusations lead to arrest in North Carolina

Anyone who has owned their own farm likely knows of the potential pitfalls that can come with it. Natural disasters, for example, can cause significant damage to a crop, making it difficult, if not impossible, for farmers to be successful. Unfortunately, federal officials claim that a farmer in North Carolina is guilty of insurance fraud.

Officials say that the alleged fraud took place over a four-year period. During that time, they say that the man and his co-conspirators stole over $5 million of federal crop insurance fraud funds. The 43-year-old man and others reportedly rented land in three different North Carolina counties.

Is a DWI a misdemeanor or felony offense?

If you have found yourself facing a criminal charge, you are likely to have a lot of questions about what it all means and what consequences you may face if convicted. It is okay. You can get all of your questions answered. When it comes to DWI in particular, North Carolina lays it all out so that people know what to expect based on the type of charges filed against them. 

For DWI, there are misdemeanor and felony charges possible. Misdemeanors are actually broken down into five different levels, whereas a felony charge is just in a category all its own. What are the different misdemeanor DWI levels? What would elevate a driving-while-impaired charge to a felony?

Police say woman committed fraud, filed over 200 false claims

The criminal codes of each state, including in North Carolina, establish various so-called "white-collar" crimes, including a category of statutory offenses that are modern variations on the traditional crimes of larceny and theft. These statutory offenses often incorporate concepts of criminal fraud. That is why criminal fraud is sometimes defined as larceny by false pretenses or larceny by trick.

The first place to check in determining what statutory theft and fraud statutes exist in a state is that state's criminal code. Many of the fraud and false pretenses crimes are felonies, especially when the property obtained is over a stated minimum amount. This explanation may give some greater understanding of the charges currently faced by a Lenoir County woman who the authorities allege filed over 200 false cancer insurance claims in an amount in  excess of $230,000.

DWI, other charges filed after North Carolina crash

When driving on a North Carolina interstate in the dark, it may be relatively easy for some drivers to accidentally overlook a merging vehicle. Unfortunately, an accident has recently sent multiple people to the hospital. Additionally, one of the drivers involved faces multiple criminal charges, including DWI.

The incident that led to a 22-year-old man's arrest is said to have happened on a day in early April. Police claim that the vehicle the man was driving struck a van that was merging onto I-74. His vehicle, according to reports, slid under the van.

Elderly North Carolina man killed in speed-related car crash

When a person just receives a driver's license, there is often much he or she must still learn through the experience of driving. Unfortunately, basic rules, such as following the speed limit, must be obeyed at all times. A recent car crash in North Carolina points to the importance of doing so.

The accident happened one evening on a day in early April. According to reports, a 16-year-old was driving on a North Carolina road when his vehicle allegedly went across the dividing line. Doing so, officials claim, resulted in a head-on crash with another vehicle.

North Carolina man faces multiple drug charges

The United States Constitution provides a variety of protections to those in the country. While most people have a basic understanding of the rights they have as a result, many in North Carolina and across the country might have difficulty recognizing a violation of their rights. As a result, those facing drug charges -- among others -- may opt to seek professional assistance when responding to the claims against them.

One teeenager may be considering the charges against him following his arrest in March. Reports indicate that police conducted a month-long investigation following accusations that drugs were being distributed. As a result, a narcotics search warrant was executed at an apartment.

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