Think back to when you were a teenager. You might shudder to think about what you wore, how you talked and what kinds of things you liked to do with your friends. Now imagine being judged by those same decisions well into adulthood.
People from across the country come to North Carolina, whether they are college students, corporate executives or families on vacation.
Last week an empty house belonging to a closed fraternity chapter was robbed by three students from surrounding schools. Two of the students were from North Carolina State University and reportedly broke into the home and took a group photo of the old fraternity members-from a chapter that was shut down after facing sexual assault accusations in 2015.
As the popular TV show Breaking Bad showed its viewers, there can be many reasons why an average person would seek to begin producing illegal drugs. Maybe you needed the money, felt pressured to do it, or were threatened into complying. Whatever the reason, the production of illegal substances is considered a felony with severe impacts for your future.
If a North Carolina resident takes a person he or she does not have custody over against the person's will, that resident could be accused of kidnapping. For example, a parent who does not have custody of a child could be accused of kidnapping depending on the circumstance.
On June 20, a North Carolina man was taken into custody after he was accused of forcing a family to take him shopping at gunpoint. The 29-year-old man was ultimately charged with second-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
North Carolina residents might feel a little safer now after the authorities conducted the largest gang sweep ever in the state. Federal indictments named 83 people, and many of them were taken into custody on May 18. The suspects are all alleged members of the United Blood Nation, related to the infamous Bloods from California. The sweep targeted a sect of the UBN known as Nine Trey Gangsters. Some of the crimes listed in the indictment range back to 2010 and include homicides, firearms and drug trafficking, bank fraud and robbery.
On May 17, it was reported that the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow courts to try those under the age of 18 as juveniles for most offenses. The state remains the only one in the nation to still charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes, no matter how minor.
In North Carolina, a premeditated killing is likely to be considered first-degree murder. However, it is also possible to face such a charge if a killing takes place during the commission of another felony regardless of whether or not it is intentional. For instance, if someone was killed during the commission of a rape or kidnapping, the first-degree murder charge would apply. Penalties for committing first-degree murder include either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
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.