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Another Level of Aggravation: What You Should Know About the Most Serious DWI Sentence in North Carolina
Another Level of Aggravation: What You Should Know About the Most Serious DWI Sentence in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 3/27/2015 On December 1, 2011, DWI sentencing in North Carolina changed. That is the day "Laura's Law" took effect. Intending to punish repeat offenders more harshly, the law created a new sentencing level and a new layer of complication to DWI litigation. The law has been around for over 3 years, but many drivers still aren't fully aware of its existence, or about what impact it could have on their DWI sentence.
How a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Can Make a Difference in Murder Defense
How a Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Can Make a Difference in Murder Defense Howard Kurtz - 3/25/2015 Murders are obviously more common in cities, but one particular murder trial has been catching attention in Raleigh because of the fairly sordid details. On April 22, 2013, a man named Jonathan Broyhill viciously attacked his two friends and ended up killing one of them (Jamie Hahn) and seriously injuring the other (Nation Hahn). Broyhill is now facing charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault (with the intent to kill).
Another Dead Inmate At Central Prison
Another Dead Inmate At Central Prison Howard Kurtz - 3/20/2015 During a routine inmate count at Raleigh's Central Prison, alleged murderer Edward Watson Campbell was found with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck, a suicide attempt that led to his death later in the day. Campbell was being held at Central Prison pending trial. This is the second time in a year that an inmate has died under suspicious circumstances in Central Prison. Could better mental health care have made a difference in these two cases?
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Says Stealing While Wearing a GPS Device is a Bad Idea
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Says Stealing While Wearing a GPS Device is a Bad Idea Howard Kurtz - 3/12/2015 The main purposes of parole are to protect the safety of the citizens and to ensure that the offender is ready to go back to the community. During the process, the offender will be released from prison with some parole conditions after serving most of his sentence, and will continue it by reintegrating back to the community. He/she will still be supervised during the release to check if the parole conditions are being met as best as the offender could.
Justice for None: The Impracticality and Inhumanity of the Death Penalty
Justice for None: The Impracticality and Inhumanity of the Death Penalty Howard Kurtz - 2/27/2015 You can be legally sentenced to die for your crimes in 32 American states, including North Carolina. Although public support for the death penalty is declining, the majority of states still practice capital punishment. In this week's blog, we'll explore the reasons why capital punishment needs to go extinct.
A Closer Look at Voluntary Dismissal with Leave
A Closer Look at Voluntary Dismissal with Leave Howard Kurtz - 2/20/2015 Old cases don't die, but they do fade away and off the active docket at North Carolina courthouses. While some people may forget to go to court and then forget that they have a pending case, this does not mean that the case vanishes. Older, unresolved cases slip into a special status known as "voluntary dismissal with leave." What does that mean? Read further to find out.
Death Penalty Procedures Under Review
Death Penalty Procedures Under Review Howard Kurtz - 2/13/2015 One of the most controversial aspects of crime and punishment in the United States is the death penalty. Abolished in most other countries across the globe, capital punishment is never the less the law of the land in a majority of U.S. States. With pharmaceutical companies banning the sale of lethal injection drugs to states that allow capital punishment and in the shadow of three botched executions in the last year, the U.S. Supreme Court will be examining lethal injections in April.
Raleigh Criminal Attorney: Defense Strategies for Felony Charges
Raleigh Criminal Attorney: Defense Strategies for Felony Charges Howard Kurtz - 2/2/2015 Ever get mad at another driver? It happens, but it’s not excuse to take such an incident and let it get out of control. On busy thoroughfares like Durham Road in North Carolina, encounters between drivers can get plenty heated. There can sometimes be a shouting match and an exchange of some profanity which, in turn, may quickly escalate into a full-blown road rage incident. One minute things are calm and the next minute, one of drivers pulls out a gun and fires.
Wrongfully Convicted, But Now Walking Free: Joseph Sledge Exonerated
Wrongfully Convicted, But Now Walking Free: Joseph Sledge Exonerated Howard Kurtz - 1/30/2015 There is no failure of the criminal justice system greater than an innocent person being convicted for a crime that they did not commit. We would like to think that it doesn't happen often, but it is clear that it does happen. Recently, a man wrongfully convicted of a Bladen County double murder was released after nearly four decades behind bars. This man's journey is a testament to the failures of the legal system and the lengths to which some people must go to obtain their freedom.
Better Living Without Chemistry: An Alternative View for Addressing Drug Addiction
Better Living Without Chemistry: An Alternative View for Addressing Drug Addiction Howard Kurtz - 1/22/2015 Drug addiction can tear families apart, and damage the fabric of society. Drug enforcement costs states and the federal government millions upon millions of dollars each year with no sure sign that consumption of illegal narcotics has decreased. The War on Drugs was clearly lost long ago, and yet law enforcement keeps fighting. A new theory is gaining traction about how and why people become addiction to illicit substances. Could this lead to changes in how we deal with drug crimes?