Wednesday, March 30, 2016
It’s the wish of every married couple to start a family and raise their own children. For same-sex couples and those having trouble with infertility, numerous advances in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) are now allowing them to explore options to have children, and gestational surrogacy is among them. Such advances are not without its flaws, however. Definitive laws are yet to be determined in the advent of ART advances, and matters can easily become messy should things do not go as planned. This is why it’s always best to seek legal assistance from a family attorney before exploring gestational surrogacy as an option. Defining Surrogacy The simplest definition of surrogacy describes it as an act wherein a woman carries the child of a couple who cannot conceive a child themselves. In gestational surrogacy, a donor or the intended mother provides the egg then fertilized through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Recently, a 61 year-old woman was arrested on Interstate 40 in Buncombe County and was charged with DWI. Curiously, she was not facing this single charge, but has five additional DWI charges pending, four in McDowell County and one in Burke County. The oldest one dates back to 2014. She was even charged with DWI on two consecutive days. Pending Charges Carry Different Punishments Multiple DWI convictions in North Carolina can result in a combination of jail time and other penalties. Such punishments are applicable to those who have already been convicted of DWI, people with children in the car while driving impaired, people who were revoked for impaired driving offenses when they were stopped and those who caused serious personal injury as a result of their impaired driving.
When someone mentions drug abusers, medical professionals are some of the last people you might think of. But you might be surprised that many doctors are addicted to prescription drugs. As a criminal lawyer I can tell you that it’s more widespread than you would think and many have been apprehended for their actions. In Nags Head, North Carolina, Barrett and Patrice Welch, owners of a local animal hospital, turned themselves after two search warrants were executed at their hospital and home. Investigators found more than 200 un-prescribed pills in the animal hospital and 100 in the couple’s home. Not a New Problem While substance abuse among medical professionals may sound unusual, this is actually a growing problem. According to Lisa Merlo, PhD of the University of Florida’s Center for Addiction Research and Medication, physicians are more likely to misuse prescription drugs.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Parents are supposed to do what’s best for their children, yet there are still instances of neglectful parents around North Carolina. Recently, three children from Wake County were placed in the custody of the Child Protective Services after being found in a home that also served as a methamphetamine lab. Both parents, Michael Curtis Jones and Jessica Nunez-Jones, along with three other people, were charged with manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine, along with maintaining a dwelling for the distribution of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Aside from these charges, both parents were charged with child abuse. A Dangerous Environment for the Neighborhood According to Bridget Roberts, a mother of two who recently moved in across the street, noted that the children seemed like normal kids, but grew concerned about their being unsupervised. “They didn’t come out much,” she said.
Raleigh Criminal Attorney speaks out against restricting sex offenders at public events like the NC State Fair
At last October’s North Carolina State Fair two registered sex offenders were apprehended, one for impersonating a state ride inspector and the other for flying a drone around the fair. The presence of registered sex offenders in the N.C. State Fair worried some officials at the state’s Agricultural Department. Joy Hicks, a policy analyst from the Agricultural Department, called on North Carolina lawmakers to pass legislation that bans registered sex offenders from the fair altogether. What the Law States Currently, the state law bans the presence of registered sex offenders from any place “where minors gather for regularly scheduled educational, recreational, or social programs.” This obviously does not specify whether or not the State Fair is included in such places.
Nine years ago, 18-year-old Christopher John Palmeri was found to have been under the influence of alcohol when he crashed and killed a Wakefield High School student. He then pled guilty for manslaughter and was sentenced to five months in jail, five years on probation, and 300 hours in community service. After the sentence was handed down Palmeri swore to turn his life around. Unfortunately, that was not the last of Palmeri’s misdeeds. Two years later, he was arrested after being accused of stealing three cases of Bud Light from a store. In 2013, Palmeri was also charged with violating his parole after testing positive for opiates and marijuana. Recently, Palmeri crashed his car and was arrested again for Palmeri driving while impaired (DWI), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Earlier this year, the so-called “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch faced deportation charges after being caught with his mother in Mexico in December. The 18-year-old Couch was serving a term of probation after being involved in a drunk-driving incident that killed four people in 2013. Couch’s drunk-driving case drew national attention after an expert argued that the teenager had been lulled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents. A decision from a juvenile court judge gave Couch a 10-year probation period, and Couch recently fled with his mother to Mexico after a viral video surfaced with potentially incriminating content. Authorities said that the teenager even tried to disguise himself to avoid being apprehended. After dropping the fight against his extradition, Couch returned to Texas and is now in the Tarrant County Jail’s maximum-security unit.