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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.

Meth addiction could lead to brain damage, criminal charges

Drugs can immensely impact a person's life. Growing up, you may never have thought that you would become a drug addict, but because predicting the future is impossible, individuals can easily wind up in situations that they may not have expected. However, one seemingly simple decision could result in a life completely changing course, especially if that decision relates to trying methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is an illegal substance, but many people still manufacture, use and get their hands on the drug. The reasons behind why individuals choose to do so can vary from person to person, but once a person becomes addicted, the choice to continue using may feel out of his or her control. If you have ended up in this type of predicament, you may experience negative and lasting impacts.

Charged with a Level I DWI in North Carolina?

Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense in North Carolina. If you find yourself facing any type of DWI charge, you know that it is critical to take the appropriate measures to defend your future and your interests. This is particularly true if you are a repeat DWI offender.

There are various levels for DWI offenses in North Carolina. Level I is especially serious, and repeat drunk driving offenders could face the serious penalties associated with this type of DWI. If you are a repeat offender, charged with felony DWI or simply want to protect yourself after a DWI traffic stop, you have no time to lose in learning about your defense options.

You need a strong defense when facing fraud charges

North Carolina readers know that facing criminal charges of any kind can be daunting and frightening. You know that your future is at stake in many ways, but a conviction or guilty plea is never your only option. You have the right and the option to present a strong defense, no matter the nature of the case against you.

If you are facing fraud charges, you would be wise to take your case seriously. You may feel tempted to downplay the serious nature of your case, but a conviction of a white-collar crime could result in time behind bars and a myriad of other consequences. It is prudent to fight fraud charges and actively work to protect your future interests.

Your job may depend on challenging DUI charges

A vehicle, flashing lights and a suspicion that you drove drunk are all it may take to put your job in jeopardy. When the officer pulled you over, your mind may have immediately begun replaying your night. Perhaps you had some drinks with your dinner, but you never thought that you weren't capable of safely driving home.

The officer had a different opinion, however. After field sobriety tests and breath tests, the officer believed he or she had enough probable cause to arrest you. Now you are in the unenviable position of defending yourself against a DUI charge. More than that, you may begin to wonder how this will affect your job.

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