1. Facing a Felony Charges in North Carolina: What does it mean?
The criminal Lawyers at Speaks Law Firm can help. Take a deep breath. First, just because you are charged with a crime does not make you guilty of one. Second, even if you are convicted of a crime, that does not define you as a person. You cannot change the fact that you were charged. You cannot change what has happened in the past. You can act quickly to address this legal challenge quickly, responsibly and effectively.
2. What Can You Do Now?
You can only control what you do going forward. You can gather information, consult with a professional, analyze information, make good decisions and execute a plan of action to the best of your ability. Knowledge, preparation, decision making and execution are the keys to getting the best possible outcome under these circumstances. Call to find answers to specific questions or continue reading for more information.
3. What are the Penalties?
In North Carolina, felonies are very serious offenses. Even the lowest level felony has a statutory maximum of 15 months in prison. In addition, punishment can include a fine, the loss of civil rights and the loss state licensing privileges. In general, a felony conviction is permanent. In other words, it stays on your record forever. It may prevent you from getting a job, getting into a school or living in a particular place. It is a serious charge that can have lifelong consequences.
4. What are Your Rights?
However, just because you are charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty of anything. You have rights! Before you can be convicted of a crime, the state must be able to prove each element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. In addition, you may be able to suppress illegally obtained evidence or negotiate with the District Attorney’s Office based on your character and accomplishments. It is very important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately and before you have any additional conversations with law enforcement officers.
5. What is Required for Your Defense?
The criminal defense lawyers at Speaks Law Firm have developed extensive knowledge of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, the Rules of Evidence, and Criminal Procedure. We have gained over many years of practice familiarity with the other parties involved including the judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers. How your lawyer deals with these laws and these people will likely determine whether you will be convicted and, if convicted, the nature and extent of your punishment.
6. What is The Next Step?
The outcome of your case may have a tremendous impact on your life. I would encourage you to be proactive and continue to gather information. The best way to do that is to call us now so that we can address your specific questions and concerns.
Call us at (910) 341-7570 for additional information.