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North Carolina sheriff candidate and son arrested on drug charges

Drug charges should never be taken lightly, as they carry potentially stiff penalties and consequences. A candidate for sheriff in a nearby North Carolina community, and his son, were recently arrested for drug offenses. According to authorities, they conducted a month-long investigation into the pair before arresting them. Both men, the 63-year-old candidate for sheriff and his 30-year-old son, were the focus of the investigation.

Authorities reported that undercover agents purchased marijuana from the pair. A search warrant was executed on a home where police allegedly found numerous items including several bags and containers of marijuana that were packaged individually; digital scales; packaging materials; ledgers; drug paraphernalia; money and a weapon. Both men were taken to jail following their arrests.

A closer look at financial white collar crimes

There are several different types of crimes that fall under the broader category of white collar crimes. One category of white collar crimes includes financial crimes. Being charged with a financially-motivated crime in North Carolina can have a long-lasting impact on the accused individual's life for years to come, which is why they should be familiar with criminal defense options available to help them.

Different types of crimes fall under the category white collar crimes, but two include embezzlement and fraud crimes. Embezzlement crimes include the theft of assets or property by someone who is rightfully in possession of the assets or property but misappropriates them. Examples can include financial advisors or employees with access to the assets or property. The accused individual must have the necessary criminal intent and there must be a fiduciary relationship between the parties. Fraud crimes involve the use of dishonesty or misrepresentation to take money or property from another person. Similar to embezzlement, the accused individual must also have criminal intent.

Criminal defense strategies to protect accused individuals

A criminal defense strategy is important when an accused individual in North Carolina is facing criminal charges. Each criminal defense strategy is unique to the circumstances, the accused individual's situation and to the charges the accused individual is facing.

The prosecution is required to prove the accused individual guilty of the charges they are facing beyond a reasonable doubt. Each accused individual is considered innocent until they are proven guilty. There are a variety of criminal defense strategies that can help accused individuals potentially mitigate the charges or penalties they are facing or may result in the charges being eliminated altogether. Each criminal defense strategy is unique to the situation.

Will a DUI affect my child’s future?

If your child is facing a charge or conviction for driving under the influence, it can be difficult to deal with. You likely have many questions, such as “how will this influence future jobs?” or “what will this do to school scholarships?”

DUIs are one of the most common types of traffic arrests, as over 10 million individuals report driving while intoxicated. While it is common, most states take driving under the influence very seriously.

Mounting a defense to a DWI charge

Drunk driving charges in North Carolina can result in both criminal penalties and administrative consequences, which means accused individuals may face jail time and the potential loss of their driver's license in addition to other possible penalties and consequences. Accused individuals can also be left with a criminal record, which is why it is important for them to know their options when mounting a defense to drunk driving charges.

Possible defense options include both affirmative defenses and other defense strategies that examine whether or not police followed all the procedures required to protect the accused individual's rights. Affirmative defenses to a DWI charge include necessity, duress, mistake of fact, involuntary intoxication and entrapment. These defenses commonly refer to a specific set of circumstances, so it is important for the accused individual to be familiar with what they are.

What are white collar crimes?

Not all crimes committed in North Carolina are violent crimes. White collar crimes refer to a category of crimes that do not cause physical injury, but do cause financial injury. White collar crimes are serious and can lead to significant penalties and consequences for accused individuals. If you or a family member is facing accusations of committing a white collar crime, you may have a number of questions it is important to have answers to.

The first question might be what is a white collar crime? White collar crimes generally refer to crimes that utilize deceit to obtain some sort of financial gain. The second question might be what crimes are included in the description of white collar crime? Generally, crimes such as fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion and money laundering are considered to be in the category of white collar crimes. Specific examples can include Ponzi schemes, securities fraud and insurance fraud.

Criminal defense protections are important for drug charges

Being charged with a drug crime is serious and can carry serious penalties and consequences. Because the penalties can be so severe, it is important for individuals accused of committing a drug crime, and facing drug charges, are familiar with their criminal defense rights and protections.

There are different types of drug offenses, including possession, possession with the intent to distribute and drug trafficking. Drug trafficking generally involves the alleged sale of greater than 10 pounds of drugs. Individuals facing drug trafficking charges face harsh penalties and consequences that include prison time and steep fines.

Is marijuana possession a felony in North Carolina?

Having a felony on your record can have lasting implications. So, one of the fears a person may have when they are accused of possessing drugs, such as marijuana, is that they could end up facing felony changes.

It is important to note that being charged with marijuana possession does not automatically mean felony charges here in North Carolina. This is because, under state law, whether marijuana possession is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on how much of the drug was allegedly possessed.

How will a DWI affect your future?

Drinking and going to parties are pretty typical aspects of college life. Being in college can be stressful and it is natural to want to blow off steam and have fun with your friends at parties or bars.

However, while you may be tempted to get in the car and drive home after a night out, drunk driving has severe consequences. Drinking and driving is a serious offense. It puts others on the road in danger and there is a reason it is punished so harshly.

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