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New state boating while under the influence law takes effect

A new law has just taken effect here in North Carolina that will impose harsher penalties on people who operate boats under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The law, which became effective on Dec. 1, impacts anyone who injures or kills someone in a boating accident while operating the vessel under the influence. 

Veterans' treatment courts increasing, but more needed

The number of veterans' treatment courts is increasing here in North Carolina, as it has over the past eight years across the country. These specialized courts have been established to deal with military vets who are facing charges for minor crimes.

How accurate are eyewitness testimonies?

Eyewitness testimonies have been used in criminal trials for centuries, and someone who believes he or she saw you commit a crime could have a strong effect on the outcome of your case. However, according to the Innocence Project, DNA testing has resulted in hundreds of exonerations. In over 70 percent of these cases, people were sent to prison for crimes they did not commit because of the faulty testimony of an eyewitness.

Juvenile offenders belong in juvenile courts, most believe

Last month in Asheville, the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice assembled a third hearing for the public at the Buncombe County Judicial Complex. There, social workers, teachers, judges, parents, public safety officers, lawyers and activists sought ways to bolster the state's judicial system.

What to do when stopped for questioning by police

Being stopped by the police can be a tense, emotional experience for anyone, regardless of how or why he or she is being questioned. It is important to remember that the way you conduct yourself when stopped by police can have enormous implications on further legal actions the police may take. Following a few simple but vitally important guidelines can mean the difference between being arrested and being free to leave a scene.

When to take and when to refuse a plea bargain

Some attorneys avoid discussing plea bargains with their clients out of a desire not to be perceived as unwilling to take a case to trial. Yet plea bargains are common components of the American justice system and make up approximately 90 percent of the total criminal cases.

Reinstating a suspended driver's license in North Carolina

Many reasons can contribute to the loss of a driver's license in North Carolina. Some of these reasons include the accumulation of too many points, a DWI, the refusal to submit to a breath or blood test, or reckless driving or speeding. If your driver's license is at risk of being suspended, you may want to consider contacting an experienced attorney who can help you deal with your traffic violation and protect your license. Once your driver's license has been suspended, you will need to go through the process of reinstatement to get it back.