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It's Time to Reduce the Prison Population in America
It's Time to Reduce the Prison Population in America Howard Kurtz - 6/26/2015 It's no secret that we lock up a lot of people in the United States. America has the largest prison population on planet Earth, and legislators in some states finally seem to be waking up to the fact that this isn't an admirable achievement.
For the Record: Filming Interactions with the Police
For the Record: Filming Interactions with the Police Howard Kurtz - 6/12/2015 Smartphones have revolutionized how we do business, how we socialize, and how we interact with the world around us. They have also put a very powerful tool into the hands of the average citizen when it comes to dealing with police - a camera. The ability to easily record interactions with police has change the game with regards to community-police relations.
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Explains Open Container Laws in North Carolina
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Explains Open Container Laws in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 6/2/2015 Have you been cited for an infraction under the open container laws of North Carolina? Make sure you talk to a practiced Raleigh criminal lawyer who can help you better understand these laws, the guidelines (and exclusions), and exceptions.
New District Attorney Rolls Out New Traffic Ticket Policy
New District Attorney Rolls Out New Traffic Ticket Policy Howard Kurtz - 5/29/2015 Wake County has a reputation for being among the strictest counties in the State of North Carolina when in comes to dealing with traffic offenses. Drivers from Raleigh to Rolesville often found themselves facing harsher punishments than they would in other places. Now, recent changes indicate that Wake County may be lightening up when it comes to traffic offenses.
A Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Speaks Out Again on the Case of Darryl Howard
A Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Speaks Out Again on the Case of Darryl Howard Howard Kurtz - 5/12/2015 A respectable Raleigh criminal lawyer helps navigate the laws and proceedings of post-conviction relief to seek the best outcomes for wrongfully convicted individuals.
Rejuvenating Juvenile Justice in North Carolina
Rejuvenating Juvenile Justice in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 5/1/2015 "Juvenile" justice in North Carolina may not mean what you think it means. For most people, a juvenile is someone under the age of eighteen, but in N.C., minors aged sixteen and seventeen who are charged with a crime have their cases handled in adult criminal court. But this may be changing, if some members of the General Assembly have their way.
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.