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When domestic violence turns into a kidnapping charge

Domestic violence is a complicated issue that tends to arise from deeply emotional situations. In a split second, you may make decisions that don't necessarily reflect your real intentions. Alcohol or drugs may fuel your anger and contribute to the problem.

Millennials consider criminal justice reform a big concern

If you want to get a millennial's attention in the political arena, talk about criminal justice reform. The vast majority of this younger, larger generation that is now becoming a huge political force is concerned about the way that the legal system and ordinary people interact.

North Carolina's rule on charging teens as adults to change

You may or may not know this, but North Carolina is finally taking steps to fix what many people (especially defense attorneys) believe is a 100-year-old mistake. That's when North Carolina's government defined 16-year-old children as "adults" under the criminal justice system.

Drunk driving conviction overturned in North Carolina

A North Carolina woman who blew a .16 -- or higher -- on several Breathalyzer tests has had her drunk driving conviction overturned on appeal. The case is a fascinating example of just how seriously the courts take the issue of "probable cause" when the police make a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving (or anything else).

In trouble with the law? Try legal help, not magic

The trial of a North Carolina murder defendant was abruptly halted before jury selection was even over after prosecutors disclosed information that seemed to indicate the defendant was trying to arrange for some sort of harm to come to the judge in his case.

Flawed forensics: What every criminal defendant should know

Imagine this: You're arrested for some sort of crime, whether it's drunk driving, drug possession, assault or something else. You're absolutely sure that you're innocent -- but the police tell you that the evidence says you're lying. "Forensics," they may say, "never lie."

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