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Criminal Law Defense in Jacksonville, NC

Criminal Law:
  • Felonies - Felonies are the most serious type of criminal charges and include the obvious ones like murder, armed robbery, and many assaults, but also include many drug offenses (even ones involving very small amounts of a drug), many matters involving misuse of credit/debit cards, and virtually all burning offenses. The effects of any felony conviction are dramatic and long lasting. Having legal representation is imperative!

  • Misdemeanors - Less serious than felonies, misdemeanors include many traffic violations, many domestic violence charges, other assaults, drug and paraphernalia offenses, stalking and property damage. While less serious than felonies, misdemeanors can also have unexpected and long lasting effects. Know your rights! The best way to ensure that you do is to consult a lawyer before you take any action on your case. As with traffic offenses, “paying it off” means you have plead guilty to the charge!

  • Infractions - Less serious motor vehicle violations, e.g., speeding less than 15 mph over the limit, stop sign/light violations, and improper passing. While the court penalties tend to be lighter than those in misdemeanor traffic cases, always remember there will likely be driver license and insurance ramifications, too! Legal representation is especially important if you already have a moving violation on your record. We are often able to assist clients in avoiding conviction of a moving violation. Under certain circumstances, we may even be able to help you get rid of a prior moving violation.

  • Probation Violations - Getting “reported back to court” for a violation of a previously imposed probation does not have to mean the probationer is going to prison. Depending on the nature and circumstances of the violation, the judge has a certain amount of discretion which he or she can exercise to modify probation instead of revoking it! An experienced criminal lawyer can help you present your case to the judge in the best way to give the judge a reason to exercise that discretion instead of requiring the probationer to serve the active sentence!
  • DWI - DWI law gets harsher and more complex almost every time the NC General Assembly meets. While a limited driving privilege can “soften the blow” of a DWI conviction, the after effects of a conviction are long lasting and far reaching, affecting every aspect of a person's life from their family to their job. Handling your DWI case without counsel is similar to walking through a field of live landmines without a metal detector.

  • Identity Theft/Credit Card Fraud - As the world has become increasingly “wired,” identity/credit/debit card fraud charges have become much more common. We have handled many such cases, including some where our client was wrongfully charged with offenses actually committed by another person who had stolen our client's identity. These cases can become very complex and an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the many intricacies that such cases often include.

  • Drugs, Including Trafficking - Drug cases frequently involve everything from Constitutional law to effective trial advocacy. There are a number of ways to minimize the consequences of a drug charge, including various kinds of pre-trial diversion. Such diversions can take several directions. Sometimes that diversion can be to a treatment option. We network with providers of various kinds of treatment for drug issues with two goals: (1) minimizing the criminal court consequences of the charge; and, in many ways, even more importantly, (2) assisting clients with finding affordable and viable treatment options with a view toward improving their lives after court as well as minimizing their chances of finding themselves right back in court at a later date.

  • Domestic Violence - The domestic violence (DV) law is one of the most serious and most abused areas of the criminal law. When it happens, DV is a serious problem. But, when it does NOT happen, and charges are initiated anyway, that is also a serious problem. Either way, if you are on the receiving end of a DV charge, do NOT go to court without counsel!

  • Traffic Tickets - Motor vehicle violations can have many unanticipated consequences. As just one example, two convictions of the “right” two very minor moving violations in a twelve month period can result in revocation of your driver license. Even one moving violation can have consequences affecting both your driving record and your insurance costs.

  • Expungements/Expunctions - A “criminal” record follows a person for life. However, there are a number of types of offenses (even convictions) that can be “expunged” from your record; that is, all records of the conviction and even the charge itself can be removed from the public record. Certainly, there are restrictions on when expungement/expunction is available, but if you are eligible for one, it is usually well worth the time, effort and expense of clearing such a conviction from your record and starting with a clean slate.

  • Sex Offender Registry Removal - The requirements of sex offender registration are onerous. But, an experienced lawyer can help you determine your eligibility to petition the court for removal from the Registry and give you an idea of the likelihood of success. We can also advise you of steps you may take to improve your chances of a successful petition for removal before an application is filed.


 
North Carolina has three levels of “offenses,” Felonies, Misdemeanors and Infractions. Many traffic court matters are Infractions, but many are misdemeanors. Specific kinds of cases handled by our office:

(Note: Assaults, including domestic violence assaults) Even misdemeanor assaults are serious matters, much more so in the case of domestic assaults. It is never a good idea to go to court on an assault charge without consulting experienced counsel first.

Criminal cases initial consults are free, we focus on individualized attention instead of mass production and numbers.