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... 1st. Every law that makes an action done before the passing of the law; and which was innocent
when done, criminal; and punishes such action. 2d. ... A. Legislative Intent. Whether a statutory
scheme is civil or criminal is first of all a question of statutory construction. ...
... For instance, plain error review is available in criminal appeals, Odom, 307 NC at 660, 300
SE2d at 378, for challenges to jury instructions and evidentiary issues, State v. Cummings, 352
NC 600, 613, 536 SE2d 36, 47 (2000), cert. denied, 532 US 997, 121 S.Ct. ...
... Under Terry and subsequent cases, a traffic stop is permitted if the officer has a
"reasonable, articulable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot." Illinois v. Wardlow,
528 US 119, 123, 120 S.Ct. 673, 675, 145 L.Ed.2d 570, 576 (2000). ...