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Mitigating Factors for Larceny in NC

North Carolina defines theft, or “larceny,” as the wrongful taking and carrying away of another person’s property without their consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that property.  There are many different types of larceny, including: Receiving stolen goods – the act of knowingly buying or receiving a property that is […]

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What to Do If Your Child Has Been Arrested for Shoplifting

Parenting isn’t easy and sometimes children make poor decisions that are out of our control. One call you never want to receive is from the police informing you that your child has been arrested for shoplifting. When receiving such a call it’s easy to feel panic, feeling that your child’s future is ruined. However, it’s […]

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What Happens if You Violate Your Probation in North Carolina?

When you are convicted of a crime, one punishment that you may receive is probation. Sometimes probation occurs after you have completed your jail sentence, and sometimes it occurs instead of a jail sentence. When you are on probation you must follow certain conditions. If you willfully fail to do so, you can face serious […]

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Who Is Considered a ‘Habitual Offender’ in North Carolina?

When you commit a crime, you should be held accountable for it. But when you commit another crime, the penalties may become more serious. This is the premise for habitual offender laws, also known as “three-strike” laws. These laws impose more penalties on those who are convicted of committing multiple crimes. In North Carolina, someone […]

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Can You Refuse to Let an Officer Search Your Vehicle?

Traffic stops can be intimidating. A law enforcement officer wants to look through your vehicle to ensure there is nothing illegal inside. Sometimes you have no choice but to allow the officer to do so. However, there are other instances in which you have the right to refuse the search.   When Can You Refuse? An […]

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What Constitutes Stalking in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, stalking is a very serious crime that can carry heavy legal penalties. That’s why it’s so important that you understand what constitutes stalking so that you can ensure that you avoid such behavior. There are two different types of stalking: stalking and cyberstalking.  What is Stalking? Under state law, someone is guilty […]

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What Constitutes Assault in North Carolina?

An assault occurs when one person tries to touch another person in a violent manner without their permission. Battery results when an assault is successful. In North Carolina assault and battery are considered a single offense: assault. An assault can be a punch, slap, or push; assault can also be throwing something at someone or […]

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What to Know About Protective Orders for Domestic Violence in NC

Domestic violence is never something to be taken lightly. This also includes being unfairly accused of domestic violence since such accusations can greatly impact the life of the accused. Not only can an accusation cause great damage to your reputation, but it can also lead to a domestic violence protective order (DVPO). Here’s what to […]

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Your Employer Has Accused You of Theft: Now What?

One of the most important things that we have is our reputation. So, when an employer accuses you of theft, it can have a significant impact on your life. This is not to mention the criminal ramifications if convicted. Under North Carolina law, employee theft, or larceny, is considered a Class H felony unless otherwise […]

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What if You’re Accused of a Hit and Run Accident?

When you’ve been involved in a car accident in North Carolina, it’s important that you stay at the scene of the accident to see if everyone else involved is okay and if there is any property damage. It’s also likely that you must notify the police and file a report of the accident. While most […]

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