Raleigh Misdemeanor Lawyer
Misdemeanors refer to a range of less serious crimes, but don’t make the mistake of underestimating a conviction. A misdemeanor conviction is still a conviction, which can influence your educational future, your job and career prospects, and your individual freedom.
There are many misdemeanor offenses throughout the state of North Carolina, but it’s in your best interest to be aware of how to protect your rights in any case by hiring a misdemeanor lawyer in Raleigh with the background and experience to aggressively represent you.
Some of the most common charges in North Carolina include:
- Minor drug possession
- Drug paraphernalia possession
- Assaults, including assault of a female and domestic violence
- Child Abuse
- Sexual Battery
- Violation of 50B Order
- Alcohol Offenses
- Disorderly Conduct
- Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle
- Breaking & Entering
- Injury to Real Property
- Probation Violations
- Possessing or receiving stolen goods/property
- Failure to return rental property
- Financial Card Fraud
- Worthless Checks
- Domestic violence cases
- Violation of city codes or ordinances
- Certain traffic offenses such as Driving Wile License Revoked or passing a stopped school bus
- DWI and Driving After Consuming Under the Age of 21
- And many more misdemeanor criminal offenses
It’s important to note that in some situations, like domestic violence allegations, that those concerns may be handled in a particular courtroom specifically committed to serving those involved in domestic violence cases. Your attorney should inform you about any special procedures prior to heading to court.
Experience That Counts
I began my criminal law practice as an ADA in District Court handling misdemeanor criminal cases. I have experience trying more than five hundred of these misdemeanor matters to a judge in district court, giving me knowledge about of court system procedures and intricacies. That includes reviewing case evidence and determining whether that evidence meets the standards of the law. Additionally, I have extensive experience managing pretrial motions related to evidence suppression. Due to the sheer volume of cases and the fact that there are limited resources, the State often has a difficult time putting such cases together as well as successfully prosecuting them.
Many of these misdemeanor cases result in a plea negotiation and I have ample experience in handling these negotiation and working hard for the correct outcome for you. In North Carolina, cases in District Court are done without a record. If you are found guilty by a judge, you have the right to appeal your case for what is known as a trial de novo (a new case) in the superior court in front of a jury. I have the experience as a misdemeanor lawyer in Raleigh handling these matters that may lead to the misdemeanor appeals courtroom to help you navigate your case successfully.
Many misdemeanor cases do not go to trial. This can happen for two primary reasons. The first is that the District Attorney will dismiss the case because there is little or no hope of proving the case under current legal standards. In other situations, typically in those where the charged individual is a “first time offender”, the district attorney will offer to enter into a deferral agreement. The defendant who enters into such an agreement might be responsible for adhering to particular conditions, like alcohol education or anger management treatment. The defendant then returns to court either six months or one year later. In many situations, holding up your end of the deferral agreement could lead to your case being dismissed. Knowledge of how the process works and commitment to working for the best outcome for you are two things you should look for in a misdemeanor attorney in Raleigh. To schedule an initial consultation or to discuss your case, contact us.