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Will a drug charge affect my child's college career?

When you send your son or daughter to college, you dream of the degree he or she will earn and his or her future contributions to the world, trusting that he or she will make good choices. Yet, in addition to rigorous academic studies, you know college often brings its own share of parties and exploration of newfound freedoms.

Busted with drugs that aren't yours?

College students are among the most likely demographics to be arrested for drug possession. Whether it be marijuana, club drugs or substances students abuse for study purposes, they are all illegal and will inevitably land an individual in jail. For the most part, the safest way to keep away from a possession charge is to not have drugs. Sometimes even that is not enough, though.

If police officers find illegal drugs, their primary concern is pinning a possession charge on someone. Unless you have definitive proof that the drugs are not yours, you are likely to be one receiving the charge.

College students may want to look out for roadblocks after games

As a student at North Carolina State, you may have a great sense of school spirit and pride, especially during this time of year with football season well underway. You may attend home games, wear your school colors and do your best to cheer on your team. Of course, you likely also go to the games in order to have a fun time with your friends and other classmates, which may include taking part in a variety of activities.

After the game ends, you likely want to get home as soon as possible. You likely know, however, that traffic will be a nightmare, and police action could contribute to delays. When authorities know that a major event is happening, they may choose to set up roadblocks in order to determine whether drivers have broken the law.

Bluegrass festival weekend: Marijuana is illegal, slow down

As the weather finally starts to cool down in September, Raleigh welcomes a number of festivals. This weekend 100+ bands will perform along Fayetteville street as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. Talent comes from across town and across the globe.

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Dancing will go late into the night on Friday and Saturday. While the atmosphere often includes alcohol, it's important to recognize that marijuana and smoking paraphernalia remain unlawful in North Carolina. Traffic citations are more common as well with increased patrols.

Study drugs can put your life out of focus

Just a few weeks into the semester, you may already be realizing how strenuous college life is going to be. Receiving a syllabus on the first day with a list of reading assignments, papers, projects and exams can be overwhelming. Depending on your chosen major, you may have an especially heavy load.

College is not only classes and tests, though. You may also have a job or two, as well as clubs and organizations to join. Whether you are living on or off campus, you will certainly have a social life. All these factors may make it difficult to stay focused enough to keep up with your GPA. However, you may have a solution to that problem.

Drug investigations often result in charges -- and sometimes steep penalties

The police take drug offenses very seriously in North Carolina. And after an arrest and questioning the police may tell you the unexpected--they have been investigating you for more than a year. They have logged data and recordings, met with witnesses and conducted investigations patiently to build a strong case.

This was exactly what led to a recent string of arrests. North Carolina police arrested more than 25 people for drug distribution. The charges were serious and bail was in the tens of thousands. With any drug-related arrest, it is crucial to remain silent. It's easy to want to explain things away, but even seemingly innocent statements can easily be twisted. With incredibly serious penalties on the line, act quickly to get legal advice.

Drugs: Is abuse a problem on your North Carolina college campus?

Whether you're currently navigating your first year on a North Carolina college campus, or have a few successful seasons under your belt already and are nearing the completion of your college education, you've likely overcome various challenges along the way that often plague university students in this state and others. If going to college was your first time being away from your family, you may have been homesick for a while. 

It's no secret that college life often includes social time. You have hopefully found your niche and have established strong friendships with like-minded students who encourage and support you in your studies. There are definite downsides to college life as well, though -- some that may land you in serious legal trouble. One of the biggest problems on many U.S. college campuses is drug abuse. If you're struggling with addiction, you can reach out for support.  

How do drug trafficking charges come about?

Substance abuse issues negatively impact many college students across North Carolina. Because of the impacts that drug addictions and other related issues can have, federal and state governments work to help keep controlled substances out of the hands of individuals who may break the law. In fact, you could face serious federal charges if authorities suspect that you had involvement in certain drug-related crimes.

In particular, drug trafficking charges could have serious consequences if a court convicts you of such allegations. This action is one of the most serious drug crimes addressed under law, and if you face these charges, you will certainly want to gain more information on your situation.

Facing DWI charges in North Carolina?

Whether you're a resident of North Carolina, a tourist or are attending one of the state's colleges or universities, you probably enjoy its coastal beauty and southern charm. If you also enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage, you'll want to familiarize yourself with another North Carolina feature: strict drunk driving laws. In fact, the DWI laws in this state are some of the most stringent in the nation.  

If a cop pulls you over and asks you to step out of your car, you can bet he or she thinks you have committed some type of crime. If the officer asks you if you've been drinking or mentions that your vehicle was veering over the yellow line, you can also bet he or she thinks the crime you allegedly committed involves intoxication or drug impairment. A key to avoiding major legal problems in such situations is knowing and clearly understanding your rights, as well as implied consent laws.  

The test you never want to fail in college or beyond

As one of thousands of college students in North Carolina, you understand that studying for tests goes hand-in-hand with college success. Still, you may have already experienced times when you did your best to prepare but still didn't fare well on a particular test. In hindsight, you may have realized that any number of factors caused you to perform beneath your potential. Perhaps you weren't feeling well on test day or were under stress regarding a personal matter.

Failing one test in college is not likely to ruin your entire academic career; however, there's another type of test you may wind up taking at some point during your college years, and if you fail this test, you can wind up behind bars. It's not all that uncommon to get a traffic ticket while driving off campus. If a police officer thinks you've been drinking, your immediate future may ride on how well you perform a field sobriety test. Knowing how to quickly access support can greatly impact your situation.

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