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March 2017 Archives

Do not sabotage your own DUI defense

If you are facing charges for a DUI, your goal is ultimately to avoid a criminal record. A guilty conviction can affect you years down the road as you try to get a job, and the way you handle your own defense can mean all the difference between innocent and guilty. Once you have been charged, there are ways you can sabotage your own defense without even realizing it.

When a driver is liable for brake failure

In most cases, North Carolina drivers will be held liable if they cause a car accident after they fail to brake. However, there are instances when a vehicle fails to brake for reasons other than driver error. As such, when a vehicle does fail to brake and an accident occurs, all of the potential factors must be considered before liability can be determined.

Father and son arrested after raid

Residents of North Carolina who are concerned about the prevalence of illicit drug use and trafficking in the state may be interested to learn of two arrests by the State Bureau of Investigation. On March 17, 2017, a 59-year-old physician and his 27-year-old son were both arrested after warrants were served at their home. It is uncertain if either individual has legal representation.

African-Americans and wrongful convictions

African-Americans living in North Carolina and around the country should know that they are much more likely to be wrongfully convicted of certain crimes than white Americans. According to a study released by the National Registry of Exonerations, factors such as misconduct by officials as well as racial bias increases the chances thattheywill be unjustly convicted for sexual assault, illegal drug activity or murder.

1 killed in truck accident

On March 7, it was reported that a North Carolina driver was charged after a passenger, who was riding in the bed of his pickup truck, fell onto the road. The man, who was identified as a 36-year-old Wilmington resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Springing clocks forward may cause more car accidents

North Carolina residents may not think much of changing the clocks each spring. However, there are more car crash deaths on the first Monday after the change than on a typical Monday. Researchers in a 1999 study found that there are 83.5 deaths on the "spring forward" Monday compared to 78.2 on a normal Monday. This was according to 21 years of fatal car crash data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The truth about crime in America

North Carolina residents may know that President Donald Trump has made fighting crime a priority. However, the crime rate has actually fallen drastically in the past quarter century. According to FBI data, the violent crime rate has fallen by roughly 50 percent from 1993 to 2015. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that the rate has fallen by 77 percent during that same time period.

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