When you have been charged with a crime, you need strong representation from an attorney who will fight for your rights. This may be the most serious challenge you will face in your lifetime. At Crosswhite, Crosswhite & Johnson, PLLC, our criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience representing individuals near Statesville and other communities across North Carolina, including Taylorsville, Mocksville, and Mooresville. If you are facing charges, or if you believe you are being investigated, you should contact an attorney without delay.
Our firm represents clients in a broad range of both misdemeanor and felony defense matters. These range from drug offenses, sex crimes, DWI, and serious traffic violations to domestic assault, burglary, theft, fraud, and disorderly person offenses, like public intoxication.Misdemeanors and Felonies Have Serious Consequences
A criminal conviction can result in a number of harsh penalties. You may be imprisoned and subjected to hefty fines, restitution payments, and court fees. You also could lose assets and forfeit professional licenses. You may experience difficulty in seeking future employment and suffer from a damaged reputation.
In North Carolina, a misdemeanor differs from a felony primarily in that a felony charge stems from a more serious violation of the same criminal statute. Due to this increased severity, it carries incarceration penalties that can last for a year or more. If you are convicted of a felony, you can also lose your voting rights while you are in prison, and you will permanently lose your right to possess a firearm. But even a misdemeanor conviction can result in steep fines as well as drug, alcohol, and anger management courses, community service, and jail time.An Experienced Attorney Can Fight to Reduce Your Penalties
Often, a criminal case does not go to trial because the District Attorney (DA) will either drop the charges or strike a plea deal with the defendant if a conviction seems unlikely. An experienced defense lawyer will know how to negotiate for a favorable plea arrangement to try to give you a set of good options. When the DA’s plea offer is unacceptable, however, the case goes to trial.
Before trial, your attorney can gather evidence and help you prepare for what to expect in the courtroom. A defense lawyer can also try to reduce the financial burden of bail, which is the amount that a judge requires you to pay for retaining your liberty while the trial is pending.
At trial, your goals may include the reduction or dismissal of the charges against you, minimizing or avoiding jail time, reductions in fines, and avoiding a criminal record.
Your attorney will try to portray the evidence in the best possible light and use the rules of evidence and criminal procedure to try to suppress adverse evidence. If the police lacked a warrant to search your residence, for example, it is possible that any materials obtained during the search can be excluded from consideration by the jury. Seasoned attorneys also have the skill to aggressively question police, technical experts, and other witnesses who may testify against you. It is important to remember that the burden of proof in a criminal case is defined as “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which is an extremely high threshold for the prosecution to meet.
When a typical trial concludes, the accused is either found guilty or not guilty. When a felony trial returns a guilty verdict, the judge will sentence the defendant in one of three main ways. An active sentence means the defendant serves time in a jail or prison. A community sentence involves community service, probation, and sometimes a payment of restitution. An intermediate sentence is usually some combination of the above two or house arrest.Seek Advice from a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Iredell County
The DA has a strong staff of lawyers, legal assistants, and secretaries, and they are well-versed in prosecuting criminal suspects. The vast resources of state and local police, and even the FBI, may be deployed to help prove the case against you. This means that you should consider enlisting an experienced felony defense attorney. At Crosswhite, Crosswhite & Johnson, PLLC, we will fight for your rights in Iredell County and beyond. Many of our clients also come from Davie and Alexander County as well as Charlotte and the Winston-Salem area. Call us for a free consultation at (704) 873-7233. You may also use the contact form located on our website.