Archives for: February 28th, 2019

Growing up is difficult, and if your child has certain risk factors, he or she may be more likely to “cross over” into delinquency.

This is a big deal, because if a child aged under 16 years old commits a criminal act, it will be defined as a delinquent act and he or she can be subject to penalties under the North Carolina juvenile justice system. At which point you’ll likely want to enlist the help of an experienced NC juvenile crimes lawyer.

Delinquent acts can be disruptions of public order or crimes [...]

The conversation around child abuse and reasonable punishment has been going on since the beginning of parenting. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement urging parents not to spank or physically punish their children.

Still, it’s not against the law. It’s just a recommendation about how people should discipline their children.

Despite this, spanking and other types of corporal punishment may be mistaken for child abuse, and you need to take any charges very seriously. If you have been accused of abusing your child, you may face serious penalties.

Don’t [...]

Now that smart phones are ubiquitous, developers have created apps to help us with nearly every aspect of daily life. Finances. Diet management. Avoiding traffic. Shopping. More shopping. And even more shopping.

Some of the most surprising apps, however, may be those that are designed to help you avoid a North Carolina DWI.

First, the bad news.

Although knowing how to handle a DWI traffic stop, check point, or arrest, and hiring excellent legal representation may decrease your chances of getting hit with a DWI, the bottom line is that the only surefire [...]

What is shoplifting?

Most of us have a pretty clear understanding of the basics. It’s when someone takes something from a store without paying for it, right?

Except that in North Carolina, it’s not quite that simple. There is no charge in our state for shoplifting.

So, what happens when someone “shoplifts” here? Our state criminalizes shoplifting under its theft and larceny laws. The following are the statutes used in NC to govern the various offenses related to shoplifting:

  • North Carolina General Statutes 14-72.1 describes concealment of merchandise
  • North Carolina General Statutes 14-72(a)