Archives for: September 30th, 2020

Domestic violence is an all too common occurrence across the country, North Carolina included.

According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner. Over the course of just one year, that adds up to over 10 million incidents.

With such shocking statistics, it’s not uncommon for a survivor to be accused of killing their abusive partner. In those cases, the individual and those who advocate for them may see it clearly as a case of self-defense – but what does the law [...]

Breonna Taylor’s death was a tragedy, but what followed for her ex-boyfriend has made the entire situation that much worse.

Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police as they executed a no-knock warrant on her home. Police believed they would find evidence connecting her to a drug trafficking operation they suspected her ex-boyfriend had a part in. 

They found no evidence in her home, yet prosecutors attempted to get her ex-boyfriend to name her as a co-conspirator in a plea bargain.

Her ex-boyfriend and his lawyer refused, but this story serves as [...]

When someone takes a chance and decides to shoplift from a store, they may assume if they get caught that it’s not a big deal. They may assume that they’ll be charged with stealing, get a slap on the wrist, and then move on with their lives. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality.

A 41-year old man in Taylorsville was arrested for shoplifting. He is now facing several charges, including larceny and concealment of goods. Both of these crimes carry serious penalties.

As with most other decisions in life, it’s good to ask yourself [...]

In North Carolina, the term “breaking and entering” actually covers a wide range of actions. As the name implies, breaking and entering generally occurs when someone enters a property forcibly, without the permission of the occupants or owners.

However, the sheer fact that this term covers such a wide range of actions also means that it can be charged in several ways depending on the nature of the crime. 

How the crime is committed as well as the intent of the perpetrator are used to determine how the crime is to be charged. [...]

Every state has its own set of interesting, and often completely outdated, laws. Louisiana is a perfect example.

In 2008 a man was arrested in Louisiana for selling $30 worth of marijuana. Yes, $30 worth of marijuana. He was originally sentenced to 15 years but was re-sentenced a few years later under a Habitual Offender Law due to previous, non-violent convictions.

Sometimes it’s easy for people to slip through the cracks and be arrested for or receive sentences for misdemeanor crimes that seem a little crazy. Still, it’s important to understand what [...]