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The real truth about fake IDs

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about graduating from high school or going off to college is that others expect you to act like an adult, but you still have to live within the restrictions of being a minor. Most notably, you cannot drink alcohol if you are still underage. This may be an unfortunate drawback to your social life.

As summer approaches, you may be thinking about the fun you could be having with your friends if only you were the legal drinking age in North Carolina, which is 21. If you are considering getting a fake ID, you should first think about some serious consequences. A fake ID may open doors for you, but they may not be the kind of doors you were hoping for.

Drug raid leads to arrest of dozens in North Carolina

On April 8, authorities arrested dozens of people for allegedly participating in a variety of drug crimes in Iredell County. The operation was coined Spring Sweep 2019.

According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, the operation rounded up individuals who had previously sold methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drugs to undercover officers. Dealers of meth and opioids were specifically targeted because those drugs are reportedly taking a huge toll on the community. One male defendant taken into custody was allegedly running an adult entertainment club out of his Statesville home. Law enforcement agents raided the property in February and claim to have found various drugs and firearms. He has been charged with felony drug trafficking, felony selling or delivery of hydrocodone and felony possession with the intent to sell or deliver hydrocodone.

Did you know possessing an edible could be a felony in NC?

Have you seen stores in Charlotte advertising CBD-infused products? According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS), selling these products is illegal but enforcement of these laws is uneven across the state.

Local news outlets reported in February that despite marijuana being illegal in North Carolina, business owners are taking advantage of the legal “gray area” of CBD oil. However, this “grey area” could mean serious criminal charges if you are found with THC or CBD-infused food products (“edibles”).

Famous lawyer facing federal extortion charges

Many North Carolina residents have become acquainted with celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti after his numerous TV appearances as the attorney for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who sued President Donald Trump. However, Avenatti is now facing his own legal difficulties after being hit with federal indictments in several separate cases. On March 25, Avenatti was arrested for allegedly attempting to extort millions of dollars from athletic company Nike. This came on top of a separate federal case moving forward in Los Angeles, where he is accused of misappropriating client funds and defrauding a bank to obtain loans.

Federal prosecutors claim that Avenatti attempted to induce Nike to pay him $15 to $25 million in bogus legal fees in exchange for him not releasing damaging information tying the company to a bribery scandal involving the families of top prep athletes. They released excerpts of conversations, purportedly between Avenatti and Nike's lawyers, in which Avenatti threatened to reveal the information if he was not paid the funds requested. He said that he had the power to drive down Nike's stock price through a public campaign if he was not paid. After making an initial tweet about the subject, however, Avenatti was arrested only 15 minutes later on extortion charges.

Ambiguous marijuana policy puts N.C. man in jail for 30 days

As attitudes toward marijuana continue to evolve, more and more cities and states have legalized possession of this once-taboo drug. Because different parts of the country are legalizing medical and recreational marijuana at different rates, we have a potentially confusing patchwork of rules in the U.S.

Some places are not sure what the rules are yet in their own jurisdiction. A North Carolina man was caught up in this type of confusion when he was arrested and briefly charged with marijuana possession in Baltimore recently.

Supreme Court will hear case involving racial bias

People in North Carolina might be interested in learning about a case involving racial bias that is headed to the Supreme Court. The case involves a Mississippi man who is on death row following his sixth trial for the murder of four people in 1996.

The man, who is black, is challenging his conviction because the prosecutor has engaged in a practice of eliminating jurors who are black. He was convicted of the shooting deaths of four people at a furniture store in Winona, Miss. The man's first two convictions were overturned because the prosecutor had introduced impermissible evidence. His third conviction was overturned because the Mississippi Supreme Court found that the prosecutor's striking of 15 black jurors was evidence of racial prejudice in jury selection.

NCSBI busts 123 for alcohol, drug violations

On March 1 and 2, North Carolina authorities arrested more than 120 people on suspicion of participating in drug, alcohol, firearm and gambling crimes. The law enforcement sweep was part of a statewide effort to eliminate illegal activities at establishments that sell alcohol.

According to a press release issued by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's Alcohol Law Enforcement division raided various locations that sell alcohol. Some of the establishments have alcohol licenses, but others were selling it illegally. During the raids, agents executed eight search warrants and seized 14 firearms, an unspecified amount of controlled substances and over $13,000 in cash. Two illegal distilleries were also discovered and shut down.

Apple Inc. lawyer accused of insider trading

Many investors in North Carolina and around the country were disappointed when Apple Inc. announced less than spectacular earnings in a July 2015 report and the price of the company's stock fell by 4 percent as a result. A lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 13 alleges that a former Apple attorney with insider information avoided such a financial setback by selling stock worth $10 million before the contents of the earnings report were made public.

According to the SEC lawsuit, the allegedly illegal stock trade allowed the attorney, who was fired by Apple in September, to avoid a $345,000 loss. Court documents reveal that the attorney provided Apple with legal advice about stock filings and financial reports and was responsible for ensuring that the Cupertino-based company remained in compliance with the nation's securities laws. The lawsuit does not allege that Apple knew about or condoned his behavior.

How a conviction may affect your financial aid in college

It is no secret that a college education can be expensive. Students across the country rely on some form of financial aid, whether it is a loan, a grant or a scholarship. While college can be costly for anyone, students who carry a criminal record and have spent time in jail may have a harder time getting the funding they need, particularly when it comes to federal aid.

If you are a student who has been sentenced to jail in the past, this does not mean that your rights to federal funding have been stripped away, but rather, that your options are limited. Despite any previous convictions, there are still ways you can get federal funding for your education. You may want to take note of your options so that you do not unnecessarily dismiss any opportunities you may not have realized you qualify for:

Are radar guns reliable at measuring speed?

If you are like most people, you probably rely on your car every day to get to school, work, the grocery store and back home. While a speeding ticket may not seem like a serious offense, it can have a big impact on the car insurance rates you receive, and it could result in you losing your license if the citation is paired with other driving offenses.

Many speeding ticket cases rely on evidence from radar guns. Radar guns send radio waves or lasers toward a vehicle and measure the rate those waves or lasers bounce back. They calculate the speed of a vehicle based on the changes in the return signal. If you have been cited for speeding, you may have wondered if the radar gun used to provide the evidence of your alleged speeding is even reliable.

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