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North Carolina couple arrested following traffic stop

Flashing lights are often an indicator that there is a problem. When they are ahead of a driver, it is a warning to watch out and possibly move over. However, when these flashing lights are in the rearview mirror, it is often a warning to pull over so that a North Carolina police officer can address something with the driver.

Recently, one North Carolina couple saw flashing lights in the rearview mirror of the Toyota Camry in which they were riding. Apparently, the driver pulled over as indicated. However, something apparently caused the officers to suspect there was a problem. After a K-9 officer searched the vehicle, the couple was arrested.

North Carolina drunk driving: Purpose of the walk-and-turn test

Those who are pulled over by law enforcement officers for suspected impairment will likely be asked to participate in field sobriety tests. There are three standardized tests used in North Carolina, one being the walk-and-turn test. How is this test performed and does is accurately measure impairment?

The overall purpose of the walk-and-turn test is to measure two things: physical ability and mental state. If an officer suspects that one is impaired, he or she will want to see if one is able to understand directions and perform the exercise correctly. Failure of either part could result in one being arrested and charged for driving under the influence.

Under representation could impact your underage drinking case

As a young college student, you undoubtedly want to do your best to find your way in life as you head out on your own, likely for the first time. Because many individuals in your situation want to fit in as best they can, sometimes you may not make the best decisions. Though the majority of these decisions likely do not have lasting or seriously negative impacts, one wrong choice could potentially land you in legal trouble.

If authorities have brought legal charges against you for underage drinking, the outcome of your case could have serious ramifications. Still, you may wonder whether you could address your predicament without legal assistance.

Teenager accused of drunk driving after North Carolina crash

It is not always easy to predict how a person will react when faced with a stressful situation, such as a police officer attempting to pull a driver over. For some people, the easy answer is to pull over but others may panic. Unfortunately, a teenager in North Carolina faces multiple charges -- including drunk driving -- after police say that he caused an accident while attempting to elude police.

Police claim that the state trooper attempted to pull over the 19-year-old male on the interstate, arguing that the vehicle was speeding. However, the trooper claims that the teenager ignored his flashing lights and exited the interstate. It is unclear how fast the the car was going when the trooper attempted to initiate the stop.

Spring in North Carolina the season for underage drinking

It's that time of year. Proms are being held, dances are being attended and students across North Carolina are enjoying spring activities. For many students, this season of activity is a whirlwind of fun and friendship. However, for some, it can also be a season of tragedy for those who fall victim to the consequences of underage drinking.

Research shows that spring is the deadliest season for North Carolina's teenagers. In fact, North Carolina holds the third place spot for the most teenage driving deaths nationwide. The reason for this has to do with the various social activities that are popular during this time period. For many, along with the dress, the tux and the date comes the inclusion of alcohol in the festivities.

North Carolina law enforcement charge 4 with drug trafficking

Home is typically the place where one can eat, sleep and relax. This can generally be done without the fear of someone barging in and disrupting the environment. Occasionally, a salesperson may knock on the door or a telemarketer may call; however, these individuals can easily be dismissed. The idea of North Carolina police barging in searching for drugs brings to mind a scene from an evening police drama on television.

Recently, this drama played out in one North Carolina home. After conducting what they claim was a four-month investigation, law enforcement officers barged in a home in a search for drugs. According to these officers, they recovered over $100,000 worth of heroin and $45,000 in U.S. currency. Four individuals were arrested as a result of this raid.

North Carolina mom faces drunk driving charge

On Sunday evenings, most moms are home getting their family ready for the week ahead. Every once in a while, though, a mom gets the opportunity to go out for a little while. When this happens, and a mom is able to socialize with friends at one of their favorite spots in North Carolina, it is still a good idea to have a designated driver. After one begins to drink, it can be difficult to determine if one is legally able to drive home or if one is risking a drunk driving charge – or worse.

Recently, a North Carolina wife and mother was out on a Sunday evening. As she was driving, she veered across the center lane and into the other lane of traffic. In doing so, she collided with a vehicle in the other lane. An 18-year-old passenger in the other vehicle was killed in the accident.

North Carolina man faces robbery and weapons charges

Sometimes, one thing leads to another and the outcome is not always what is expected. One questionable action or decision gives way to another, and suddenly the individual ends up face to face with North Carolina law enforcement. The outcome of such an encounter generally depends upon the events, circumstances, perceived involvement of the individual in possible criminal activity and if there is a possible weapons offense.

Recently, one North Carolina man was arrested and charged with using a dangerous weapon to commit robbery. This man appears to be the primary suspect in at least nine armed robberies over a six month period. Additionally, officers have indicated that there were several other robberies with similar features in nearby counties. All in all, this 31-year-old is facing a dozen counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, one attempted robbery, six kidnapping charges as well as other charges.

Why college students need to take underage consumption charges seriously

At this time of the year, there's no question that the pressure is on for college students. That's because we're rapidly approaching the end of the semester, meaning reading has to be completed and papers drafted. This is not to mention, of course, studying for final exams.

When it all comes to an end, however, students will be looking to blow off steam with many heading to area bars or campus parties, or others just unwinding with friends in the comfort of their dorms or apartments. While there's certainly nothing wrong with this, things can become problematic if alcohol enters the picture and the person doing the consuming is underage.

Could expungement change your life for the better?

Though getting arrested and having charges filed against you does not necessarily mean you will face a conviction, the charges themselves could still remain on your record. You may feel as if these charges have haunted you for years, as marks with any relation to criminal activity could affect various areas of your life. If you miss out on a job, place of residence or any other type of opportunity due to an arrest or conviction, you may wonder whether you could ever get out from under the indiscretion.

Depending on the specific circumstances of the arrest or conviction, you may have the opportunity to have the mark expunged from your record. Expungement involves clearing your record in a manner that no longer requires you to divulge the criminal incident when asked, and the information will no longer show up in records. However, several varying qualifications exist that you must meet in order to move forward with the process.

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