At Doug Edwards Law, our Asheville sex crime defense attorney offers experience when it matters most. If you have been accused of a sex crime, contact us immediately. We will begin focusing on facts rather than allegations and will develop strategic and effective defense strategies.
Doug Edwards is a Board-Certified Specialist in Criminal law, and a former prosecutor, with over a decade of experience in Western North Carolina. Doug has handled some of the most complex and high-profile cases over the years. We understand that when someone is charged with a sex crime, their livelihoods, reputation, and freedom are at stake.
In North Carolina, the court system aggressively prosecutes sex-related offenses, and some politically influential organizations apply significant pressure on prosecutors and the courts to seek maximum punishments on those offenders that are convicted.
That is why we are here. We will ensure that your sex crimes case receives the necessary attention by reviewing the facts and evidence and developing a strategic defense to get the best possible outcome.
Sex-related crimes are serious and carry significant potential punishments. If you are under investigation or believe you may be under investigation, you should contact us immediately to begin putting into place protections for you and your case. This can be a stressful, intimidating, and depressing situation. The consequences of simply being accused of a sex offense can affect your mental well-being and your reputation in the community.
Some Common Sex Offense Charges include:
Being in a situation where you are charged with a sex crime means the defense has to be strong. If you are under investigation for a sex crime or have been charged with a sex offense, it is important to contact an experienced sex crime lawyer immediately.
We will have a free initial consultation and confidentially discuss the case against you. From the initial consultation forward, Doug Edwards will work with you to begin putting together a team of professionals to provide the best possible defense.
Common Defenses to Sex Crimes in North Carolina vary depending on the charge. However, some common defenses are consent, DNA or lack of DNA evidence, alibi, or that it did not happen. Doug Edwards will review every allegation and statement made for discrepancies and inconsistencies. He will personally work directly with you to develop the most viable defense to the charges against you.
If you have been arrested for a sex crime, the first step is to make sure you are speaking to a legal professional. At Doug Edwards Law, we recommend hiring an Asheville sex crime defense attorney as soon as you have been arrested as that will allow us to be there with you from the beginning.
Do not speak to investigators without the assistance of an experienced sex crimes lawyer. It is important to meet with an attorney prior to speaking with law enforcement officers about the allegations against you. The decision to talk to investigators and answer their questions should be made in consultation with an Asheville sex crimes lawyer.
Doug Edwards spent over a decade as a prosecutor and has developed relationships with law enforcement across Western North Carolina. There are circumstances where speaking with law enforcement may be helpful. However, in every situation, you should consult with an attorney prior to speaking with the police.
Sex Crimes in North Carolina carry some of the harshest penalties allowed by law. Depending on the charge and your prior criminal record, you could face up to life in prison without parole.
Most sex crimes carry significant periods of incarceration, or time spent in prison. Additional punishment may include payment of restitution to the victim, mandatory sex offender specific rehabilitation, large fines, and a term on the sex offender registry.
If you have been charged with a Sex Crime or are under investigation, you should immediately seek our legal counsel. Doug Edwards has over a decade of experience in criminal law. He has served as a prosecutor and as the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Asheville, North Carolina. Doug’s experience in the criminal justice system is unparalleled. He has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict, ranging from misdemeanors to First Degree Murder.
Doug Edwards Law is uniquely prepared to defend your case. Doug Edwards defends individuals accused of committing sex offenses in North Carolina. He understands the criminal process from investigation to disposition and will work tirelessly to protect you and your rights. Doug will review your case, looking for weaknesses in the government’s case. He will also assemble a team of professionals to help find the truth and reach the best possible outcome.
Due to his vast experience in the criminal justice system, Doug is uniquely positioned to negotiate outcomes, or competently try your case to a jury verdict. He will aggressively defend you and help you navigate the court process. We understand the severity of the charges against you and will develop a strong, personalized defense to reach the best possible outcome in each case.
If you have been charged, or are under investigation for a sex offense, call us today at (828) 702-8743 for a free consultation.