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Tag Archives: North Carolina criminal law

Standing Your Ground in North Carolina

North Carolina is one of 24 states with a statute known as the Stand Your Ground law, under which people who reasonably believe they need to defend themselves against imminent unlawful force may retaliate with deadly force. Stand Your Ground laws have recently come under fire in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict in… Read More »

Murder in North Carolina — Prison or Death Penalty?

This past May, two men and a woman were arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 30-year-old mother who had recently moved to Raleigh to take a job as a bank manager. The victim’s lifeless body was found in her bed in the early morning by a construction worker after her… Read More »

Police Respond to Assault in Alexander County

In November, Alexander County police responded to a late-night 911 call. When they arrived at the location, they found a victim with several laceration wounds that he had suffered during an apparent assault. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte for emergency care. Shortly afterward, police arrested the suspect at his home and… Read More »

Larceny — The Different Kinds of Theft in North Carolina

In October, a North Carolina man was sentenced to three years in a Tennessee prison following his shoplifting spree there and in three other states. Approximately $15,000 worth of items were found in his car at the time of his arrest and identified as stolen goods shoplifted from Walmart stores in Virginia, South Carolina and… Read More »

Grand Theft Auto — It’s Not Just a Game

This September, a New Jersey woman living in North Carolina was arrested after she attacked a police officer and stole his cruiser. The officer responded to a call about a woman lurking in a Fayetteville church parking lot. When he arrived, she lunged at him with a hammer and scissors. The officer tasered her, but… Read More »

Highway Racing Is Illegal

In March, a driver killed two Fort Bragg soldiers after he crashed into another car while racing on a Fayetteville street. Fayetteville police said that the driver was racing a 2004 Pontiac when he crossed the center line, causing the fatal accident and injuring two additional people. The driver was charged with two counts of… Read More »

Kidnapping Is Severely Punished in North Carolina

A Wilmington man, dissatisfied with his pay from his landscaping job, broke into his employer’s vehicle, took the keys and a shovel and attacked his employer with that shovel. The shovel broke, and the enraged employee threatened to kill his employer with the broken end. The suspect then forced his employer to go to a… Read More »

Sexting and Child Porn in North Carolina

With quick and nearly constant access to Internet-ready cell phones, it is no surprise that sending pictures by phone is one of the most common social media activities engaged in by teens. Normally, this is harmless. However, there is a dark side – if your teens send sexually explicit pictures of themselves or a friend,… Read More »

Dr. Phil Features North Carolina Teen Accused of Rape

This past September, the Dr. Phil show interviewed a former North Carolina high school football star accused of rape. The accused teen admitted to having sexual relations with the alleged victim, a 16-year-old classmate, but stated that the sex was consensual. The victim denies consent, claiming she passed out from alcohol consumption. In North Carolina,… Read More »

When Domestic Disputes Turn Criminal: Trespassing at Your Ex-Spouse’s Home

Local news sources recently reported that a Lincolnton, North Carolina man was arrested by Catawba County sheriff’s officers on a host of charges, including extortion, communicating threats, criminal trespass, and breaking and entering. The charges stemmed from his estranged wife’s report that she had left home and returned the following day to find that some… Read More »