Being accused of a crime can be an intimidating and frightening event. It may be the most serious challenge you will face in your lifetime. If you have never been charged with a crime before, you will likely know little about the criminal justice system, what to expect, or what your options may be. However, you have certain Constitutional rights which you should exercise, such as your right to an attorney and the right to remain silent.
Being thrown into the criminal justice system calls for the competent representation of a legal professional who can ensure that your rights are protected, that your best interests are pursued, and that you are treated fairly throughout the process. At Crosswhite, Crosswhite & Johnson, we bring years of combined experience to your criminal case. We know and understand North Carolina criminal law as well as the local courts that process charges. If you are facing charges or if you believe you are under investigation, you should contact us without delay.
Criminal Cases in North Carolina
Our experience includes understanding how prosecution strategies work as well as how judges respond. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to have charges dropped or reduced, sentencing reduced, or we may seek a positive result at trial, if that is your best option.
We represent clients in a broad range of misdemeanor and felony defense cases. These cases include:
- Drug offenses
- Sex crimes
- Serious traffic violations
- Domestic assault
- Public intoxication
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, you need strong, competent representation. A conviction can be life-altering. You may serve months in jail, lose your job, and even lose your home. A conviction can haunt you when future employment applications require you to explain your record, often making you ineligible for a job opportunity. Depending on your record, you may also be passed over on rental applications, educational applications, and for professional licensing in the career of your choice.
Criminal convictions can result in a number of harsh penalties. You may face jail or prison time, hefty fines, restitution payments to alleged victims, and court fees. You could also lose assets, your professional licenses, experience difficulty in seeking future employment, and suffer from a damaged reputation.
Misdemeanors differ from felonies in that a felony charge stems from a more serious violation of the same criminal statute. Because of this increased severity, incarceration penalties can be imposed for a year or more. Felony convictions also result in losing your voting rights while in prison and permanently losing your right to possess a firearm. Even misdemeanor convictions can result in steep fines as well as mandatory drug, alcohol, and anger management programs, community service, and jail time.
An experienced attorney can fight to reduce your penalties. Criminal cases often do not go to trial because the District Attorney will either drop the charges or strike a plea deal if a conviction seems unlikely. Our Statesville criminal defense lawyers 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, we will take your case to trial.
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The District Attorney has a dedicated staff of lawyers, legal assistants, and secretaries who are all 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 need to enlist the services of an experienced defense attorney who is equally committed to providing you with the advocacy you need throughout the process. At Crosswhite, Crosswhite & Johnson, we will fight for your rights and work diligently in helping you seek the best possible outcome. We strongly urge that you contact us to get your free case consultation as soon as possible when being investigated or following an arrest.