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November 2017 Archives

Report reveals racial disparity in federal sentencing

Federal judges in North Carolina and around the country routinely hand down harsher sentences to African American criminal defendants than they do to white offenders, according to a report released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The Demographic Differences in Sentencing report, which was published by the independent judicial branch agency on Nov. 14, revealed that black men get sentences that are 19.1 percent longer on average than white males convicted of the same offenses.

Dividing retirement accounts in divorce: Avoid pitfalls

Many couples in North Carolina try to handle their own divorces without legal help. While couples are able to get divorced on their own, they should be careful when they have retirement accounts and pensions that need to be divided.

Reasons that couples get divorced

There are many factors that may contribute to divorces in North Carolina. One of the leading causes of divorce is infidelity. While some couples are able to overcome cheating, others may not be able to do so. Some marriages may disintegrate after a single instance of cheating while others may be able to move past multiple instances.

Should I take the breathalyzer test or not?

One moment, you're headed home from work, errands or a social event. The next, you're standing at the side of the road, trying to convince a law enforcement officer that it's safe and legal for you to be behind the wheel. Impairment while driving can put anyone else on the road at risk, so it's no surprise that North Carolina law enforcement officials do their best to deter impaired driving. That can mean a lot of frustration and inconvenience for law-abiding citizens.

Black people may be treated more harshly by prosecutors

North Carolina residents may have heard that black people are disproportionately charged with crimes. A new study shows that black people also face worse treatment by prosecutors and the courts after they have been charged with criminal offenses.

Incidents that may indicate the need for a divorce

When people are struggling with a decision about whether or not to divorce, there might be incidents that push them toward ending the marriage. One of those incidents might be a Charlotte spouse's third arrest for driving under the influence. Although the spouse may have promised many times to get treatment for alcoholism, the change in behavior may have only been temporary and the spouse might have begun drinking again. On the third arrest, the partner may decide that the marriage must end despite still loving the spouse.

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