Category Archives: Criminal Law

The Fleeing Felon Rule: Tennessee v. Garner Revisited After SC Officer Shoots Walter Scott

Michael Slager, a South Carolina officer has been charged with murder after a video went viral that appeared to show him shooting an unarmed man who was running away. A man, identified as 50-year-old Walter Scott, broke away from the officer. At that point, … Continue reading

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Texting and Driving in North Carolina

 According to the National Safety Council, one in every four car accidents are the result of texting and driving. Also, texting and driving makes an accident more than four times more likely to happen. North Carolina enacted N.C. Gen. Stat. § 20-137.4A … Continue reading

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Resisting Arrest 101

Thousands of people are charged with resisting a public officer every year. North Carolina’s law relating to resisting arrest is pretty broad. According to NCGS § 14-233, “[i]f any person shall willfully and unlawfully resist, delay or obstruct a public officer … Continue reading

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A police officer’s reasonable mistake of law gives rise to reasonable suspicion that justifies a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment.

On December 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion that held a police officer’s reasonable mistake of law gives rise to reasonable suspicion that justifies a traffic stop. The events that gave rise to the case … Continue reading

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NEW North Carolina Criminal Laws Effective 10/1/2014

The North Carolina General Assembly has made some changes to North Carolina’s criminal laws that will take effect on October 1, 2014. Changes that are relevant to the substance covered in Learn Your Rights 101 blog relate to Session Law 2014-119, which … Continue reading

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