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Dysart Willis

Raleigh Criminal Law Blog

North Carolina teacher accused of taking indecent liberties

If you drive out west of Raleigh for about three hours -- out past Chapel Hill, High Point, Winston-Salem and Hickory -- you will arrive in Lenoir, North Carolina. The town of about 18,000 residents was recently the site of an arrest of a middle-school teacher. The 29-year-old was arrested on three felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

A law enforcement spokesperson said the three incidents took place on the property of the William Lenoir Middle School, where the suspect is a teacher. The incidents are said to involve students at the school.

North Carolina man faces serious drug and gun charges

Federal, state and city officials say their combined investigation of a North Carolina man has gone on for years. The 39-year-old was recently arrested by law enforcement officers with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Salisbury Police Department.

The Rockwell resident has been charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine, weapons violations and other charges.

How soon can you drive again after a DWI in North Carolina?

The last thing you need as a college student with the holidays approaching is to lose your driver's license due to a DWI. You may worry that not only will this complicate your plans to go back home but also your ability to get to work and school.

Is it possible to get your license back, and if so, how long will it take? The answer depends on your circumstances, but knowing the basics of North Carolina law can give you a general idea.

Things to know about hit-and-run charges in North Carolina

After an accident, the scene can be chaotic and confusing. This may cause some individuals to flee. However, if caught, those drivers may face hit-and-run charges.

There are a few key things to know about hit-and-run accidents, particularly in North Carolina.

North Carolina air traffic controller arrested on WMD charge

A North Carolina air traffic controller garnered national news attention after his arrest on a criminal charge rarely filed: Acquisition, transportation and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Although the charge makes for an interesting headline, the details in the arrest make the case a little less riveting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the 30-year-old Charlotte man was arrested after his roommate built a pipe bomb and then gave it to him.

North Carolina man faces long list of sex crime charges

A North Carolina man who lives about 120 miles west of Raleigh is facing a long list of criminal charges. The 27-year-old Salisbury man was recently arrested for attempted assault; he was already facing much more serious charges from previous arrests, officials said.

Back in 2014 and 2015, he was arrested on child pornography charges, as well as taking indecent liberties with a child, sexual exploitation of a minor and rape of a child, among other accusations.

Former USA Gymnastics doctor faces more child sex allegations

Raleigh's NBC station affiliate reports that a former Olympic gold medalist has said she was sexually abused for years by the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. McKayla Maroney alleges that Dr. Larry Nassar began molesting her when she was 13 years old.

Nassar is facing a wide variety of criminal charges, including receiving and possessing child pornography and destroying and concealing evidence. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to three child porn charges and is awaiting a November sentencing. His plea agreement in that case included a promise from federal prosecutors to not pursue allegations involving international and interstate travels in which sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of children might have occurred.

Binge drinking can lead college kids down the road to DWI

As a parent, you probably do not indulge in binge drinking, but your college-age child might have taken it up, even while he was still in high school.

With so many colleges located in and around Raleigh, you can be sure some of the students who have charges of driving while impaired are binge drinkers.

Sexting: more than a scandalous headline

Former congressman Anthony Weiner was recently sentenced to 21 months in prison for illicit contact with a minor. Weiner, 53, has repeatedly been caught up in sexting scandals; the latest involved sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina high school student.

While it is clear to many observers that Weiner's behavior was inappropriate, matters can become much murkier when exchanges of sexually explicit text messages involve two teens. What many parents and teenagers don't understand is that sometimes North Carolina teenagers who have been sexting can face child pornography charges.

Traffic stop section in driving handbook to increase safety

In the case of a traffic stop where you face a traffic violation, it is important to understand your rights. Especially if you suspect a law enforcement officer did not follow the proper protocol, it is imperative you understand the law, because it may be possible to receive a dismissal on the case.

It is also important to know your rights and the proper way to handle a stop in general so you remain safe. The new traffic stop section in the North Carolina driving handbook will hopefully assist with this process.