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August 2017 Archives

North Carolina teacher charged with child sex crimes

As our Raleigh readers know, there are few charges that can filed against you in North Carolina more serious than the ones a 29-year-old Charlotte teacher is facing. The elementary school teacher was arrested a couple of weeks ago on child sex charges, released on bond and then arrested again within the past few days on added charges of indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student.

Should you have counsel if charged with a sex crime

What do you think of when you consider the term "sex crime?" Is it a serial rapist or creepy addict that is depicted on crime drama shows such as "Law & Order: SVU" or is it a hardened criminal who is featured on news magazine stories such as "Nightline" or "60 Minutes?" Chances are that you think of those people as monsters or those who are mentally unstable and unworthy of being among us in regular society.

Think you cannot get busted for a DWI after one drink?

Many of age North Carolina college students like to hang out and party with their friends. They may even decide to sip on beer, a glass of wine or some other type of alcoholic beverage. There is nothing wrong with those actions as long as anyone who has been drinking does not drive. You may think you are safe because you only drank one beverage, but it is still possible for you to get a DWI charge.

NC Industrial Commission Continues to Target Small Businesses Through Civil Penalty Statute

Dysart Willis has remained committed to the representation of North Carolina businesses facing civil penalties from the Industrial Commission. As previously reported here, the Industrial Commission has been engaged in the active enforcement of NCGS § 97-94 for several years with a recent shift towards a less forgiving and more punitive approach. This statute allows for a civil penalty of between $50 and $100 per day against employers that fail to carry workers' compensation insurance.

Images from School Bus Safety Cameras May Now be Used to Cite Motorists

A new North Carolina law, signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on July 25, allows counties to adopt ordinances implementing the use of school bus safety cameras and issuing citations to motorists using the images taken by those cameras. Supporters of the legislation hope that increased penalties for passing stopped school buses will reduce the number of violations and decrease the risk to schoolchildren getting on or off the buses.

N.C. Legislature Expands Eligibility for Criminal Record Expunctions

On July 28, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 445 into law, making it easier for those convicted of non-violent crimes to have their criminal records "expunged." An expungement has the effect of "erasing" a record of arrest or criminal conviction from public view. This law, which broadens eligibility for expunctions, will increase access to jobs and educational opportunities for many individuals with a criminal history.

North Carolina town offers HOPE, not handcuffs

Raleigh is like so many other North Carolina cities: the police make no exceptions when it comes to arresting people suspected of criminal activity. In the small town of Nashville (about 45 miles northeast of us), the police chief is trying to get recovery help for addicts rather than arresting them for drug crimes. Chief Thomas Bashore and Nashville town manager Hank Raper have created a program called HOPE. The initiative is designed to stem the rise of opioid addiction that plagues their town of less than 6,000 residents and much of the state.