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How does state law determine what is drug paraphernalia?
How does state law determine what is drug paraphernalia?

Drug laws do not only criminalize illegal drugs. There are some objects which people use to package, analyze or ingest controlled substances. The law calls these objects drug paraphernalia. Under…

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When can you refuse an officer’s request to search your car?
When can you refuse an officer’s request to search your car?

During a traffic stop in North Carolina, a law enforcement officer may ask you if he or she may have a look through your car. In some cases, you may…

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What does a plaintiff need to show to receive a DPVO?
What does a plaintiff need to show to receive a DPVO?

In North Carolina, a DPVO is a Domestic Violence Protective Order. The DPVO is a court order that requires one person to stay away from another. For example, if someone…

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What are the seatbelt laws in North Carolina?
What are the seatbelt laws in North Carolina?

Traffic stops for routine issues often lead to more serious charges. Officers typically end up finding other crimes through traffic stops. Even if you have no concerns about officers finding…

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