Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Raleigh Sex Crimes Attorney Talks about Sexting, child pornography and the criminalization of our children
Hearing the term 'sex offender' is enough to conjure images of monsters who prey on the weak, all for the satisfaction of their abnormal sexual desires. Knowing that a person is a sex offender is enough to send chills down anyone's spine. And yet, here comes Cormega Copening, a 17-year-old North Carolinian who was charged in September 2015 of sexual exploitation of a minor. Who's that minor, you may ask? It's no other than Cormega Copening himself. The state of North Carolina charged Copening for sharing nude pictures of himself with his girlfriend. Copening was eligible to receive prison time but eventually plead guilty to avoid prison and receive a probationary sentence.
Friday, May 20, 2016
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 28 people die every day because of someone impaired behind the wheel. Though there have been plenty of studies confirming the risks of drunk driving, studies have not found similar results for driving while under the influence of marijuana. It is not clear if it even increases the number of accidents on the road at all. A 2014 New York Times article reported that there is less to fear from drivers under the influence of marijuana compared to those who drive drunk. The article provides information on a number of studies on the matter, and concludes that government resources are better spent trying to curb alcohol-impaired driving instead. That said, don’t take this information as your permission to get high and drive in North Carolina, because driving under the influence of marijuana definitely remains a crime in our state, and comes with some potentially serious consequences.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Every now and then, sensational news coverage crops up about young children who get sexually assaulted or molested by predatory adults. Sexual assault of a minor is a very serious crime, so it’s no wonder that members of a community become quite concerned when they learn about who in their midst might be participating in such disturbing behavior. In April, Florida police conducted a child sex sting operation dubbed “Operation April’s Fools” that led to the arrest of seventeen people, which included a Walt Disney world security guard, a SeaWorld Discovery Cove janitor, a Florida Hospital technician, an Alaska Airlines customer service manager and a football coach.
If you’ve never heard of a hook-up app called Tinder, it’s a social site that has become sort of a one-stop-shop for people who are looking to date, hook up, or simply see who else out there might be interested. The problem is, even married people are flocking to the site and entering into activities that are unbeknownst to their spouses. Be careful, there’s now an app for that If you suspect your partner is on Tinder (a frightening thought in and of itself), there’s now a way to confirm it. For just $4.99, you can purchase Swipe Buster to check if your significant other is on the site. Once purchased, you only need to input his or her name, age and geographic location, and with that, Swipe Buster will then search Tinder’s database for people who fit the criteria. Swipe Buster’s search results also yield information on when the person last used Tinder, what their gender preference is and if they display photos.