Laws of North Carolina that need to change, Part 8 – Larceny of pine straw

Conviction of a felony results in a permanent bar to ownership of a firearm. What things in North Carolina will get you charged with a felony?
If any person shall take and carry away, or shall aid in taking or carrying away, any pine needles or pine straw being produced on the land of another person upon which land notices, signs, or posters prohibiting the raking or removal of pine needles or pine straw have been placed in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 14159.7, or upon which posted notices have been placed in accordance with the provisions of G.S. 14159.7, with the intent to steal the pine needles or pine straw, that person shall be guilty of a Class H felony. (1997443, s. 19.25(aa).)

(a)        Larceny of horses, mules, swine, or cattle is a Class H felony.
(a1)      Larceny of a dog is a Class I felony.

If any person shall willfully sign, or cause to be signed, or willfully assent to the signing of the name of any person without his consent, or of any deceased or fictitious person, to any petition or recommendation with the intent of procuring any commutation of sentence, pardon or reprieve of any person convicted of any crime or offense, or for the purpose of procuring such pardon, reprieve or commutation to be refused or delayed by any public officer, or with the intent of procuring from any person whatsoever, either for himself or another, any appointment to office, or to any position of honor or trust, or with the intent to influence the official action of any public officer in the management, conduct or decision of any matter affecting the public, he shall be punished as a Class I felon; and if any person shall willfully use any such paper for any of the purposes or intents above recited, knowing that any part of the signatures to such petition or recommendation has been signed thereto without the consent of the alleged signers, or that names of any dead or fictitious persons are signed thereto, he shall be guilty of a felony, and shall be punished in like manner. (1883, c. 275; Code, s. 1034; Rev., s. 3426; C.S., s. 4297; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1; c. 179, s. 14.)

If any person shall commit the crime against nature, with mankind or beast, he shall be punished as a Class I felon.

If any person, being married, shall marry any other person during the life of the former husband or wife, every such offender, and every person counseling, aiding or abetting such offender, shall be punished as a Class I felon.

If any person shall bribe or offer to bribe or shall aid, advise, or abet in any way another in such bribe or offer to bribe, any player or participant in any athletic contest with intent to influence his play, action, or conduct and for the purpose of inducing the player or participant to lose or try to lose or cause to be lost any athletic contest or to limit or try to limit the margin of victory or defeat in such contest; or if any person shall bribe or offer to bribe or shall aid, advise, or abet in any way another in such bribe or offer to bribe, any referee, umpire, manager, coach, or any other official or an athletic club or team, league, association, institution or conference, by whatever name called connected with said athletic contest with intent to influence his decision or bias his opinion or judgment for the purpose of losing or trying to lose or causing to be lost said athletic contest or of limiting or trying to limit the margin of victory or defeat in such contest, such person shall be punished as a Class I felon

If any player or participant in any athletic contest shall accept, or agree to accept, a bribe given for the purpose of inducing the player or participant to lose or try to lose or cause to be lost or limit or try to limit the margin of victory or defeat in such contest; or if any referee, umpire, manager, coach, or any other official of an athletic club, team, league, association, institution, or conference connected with an athletic contest shall accept or agree to accept a bribe given with the intent to influence his decision or bias his opinion or judgment and for the purpose of losing or trying to lose or causing to be lost said athletic contest or of limiting or trying to limit the margin of victory or defeat in such contest, such person shall be punished as a Class I felon.

 (b)        Felony Offense. – Any person who knowingly operates or attempts to operate an audiovisual recording device in a motion picture theater to transmit, record, or otherwise make a copy of a motion picture, or any part thereof, without the written consent of the motion picture theater owner shall be guilty of a felony, punishable as provided in subsection (c) of this section.
(c)        Penalty. – A violation of subsection (b) of this section is punishable as follows:
(1)        Unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person convicted of a violation of subsection (b) of this section is guilty of:
a.         A Class I felony, if the violation is a first offense under this section, with a minimum fine of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500).
b.         A Class I felony, if the violation is a second or subsequent offense under this section, with a minimum fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000).

I didn’t see any definition of “Crime Against Nature.”

The best part about all these crimes that will get you barred from possessing a firearm for life. Theft of pine straw and theft of horses, mules, swine, or cattle are considered the worst of these. They are Class H felonies. The rest are Class I. The guy who steals pine straw will get a worse punishment that the guy who steals your dog .

6 responses to “Laws of North Carolina that need to change, Part 8 – Larceny of pine straw

  1. I couldn’t agree more. NC needs to take a serious look at modernizing its laws. Some of the laws on the books are over 100 years old, and some laws are in place simply because of special interest. We really need to pay attention, especially when it comes to our gun laws. Today it is someone else, but tomorrow it will be you. In this day and age, there are more important things to worry about like terrorism, threats to our Constitution, or preserving our freedom. However, our Legislators seem to be more preoccupied with things like regulating cell phones and restricting the use of barber poles.

  2. Paul W. Davis

    Sean,

    A “crime against nature” is having physical relations with an animal (bestiality). It is about as sick as one can get.

  3. Paul W. Davis

    Sean,

    Addendum: With man, it is any unnatural carnal act. You can guess the rest.

  4. @Paul: Thanks for the tip. I have read somewhere that it was basically what you got charged with if you had sex with someone of the same gender, with an animal, or you had some other form of sexual activity in public.

    Without going into detail, I was told that you can be charged with this for heterosexual activities that are not designed to produce children. Generally, I was informed, it’s something that people are charged with if they are caught utilizing the services of a prostitute in a public location.

    With the Supreme Court decision on the subject, I don’t think someone can be charged with homosexual activity anymore.

    Sorry it took so long to approve your comments. I have this set up to require moderation on posts older than 21 days.

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  6. Windy Wilson

    So, if I as a lawyer represent someone accused of bigamy, if he gets convicted, I as one who “counseled” him (I am a counselor at law) am also guilty of a felony?