Being faced with criminal charges is a serious matter, and the penalties you face with a conviction can change your entire life. It’s scary and overwhelming when you are arrested and charged with criminal offenses, and many people are unaware of how tough North Carolina laws are for criminal cases. The most effective way to mitigate the impact of a criminal case on your future is to work with an experienced Brevard criminal defense lawyer.
When you work with an attorney on your criminal case, you will have a strong defense against the charges you face. Your attorney will have extensive knowledge about criminal law and the justice system and can help you navigate it, advocating for your rights and interests.
For more than ten years, Edwards Law, PLLC, has defended the legal rights of those facing criminal charges. This experience and our knowledge of defense and prosecution mean we are equipped to build a strong defense for you in negotiation and in a trial. Our goal is to find the ideal outcome for your criminal case and represent you throughout the criminal justice system in Brevard, NC.
Criminal charges are either a misdemeanor or a felony, with felonies bringing much harsher penalties with them than misdemeanors. Though misdemeanors are often lesser crimes and have lighter penalties, even minor misdemeanors can harm your life if the court convicts you. Misdemeanors in North Carolina can result in up to 30 days to six months in jail, depending on the type and severity of the charge. They also bring with them significant fines. Felonies can result in any combination of probation, prison time, and excessive fines. If the felony is a Class A felony, the most severe class of felony, you may be sentenced to life in prison.
It is crucial to work with a criminal defense attorney who can provide you with a strong defense strategy. This means your attorney needs to have both experience and success in the areas of criminal law that you are dealing with.
Edwards Law, PLLC understands that criminal offenses often overlap, and you may be facing multiple criminal charges at the same time. You deserve a lawyer who can effectively defend the specific charges you face. We have a range of experience and important resources to help with several types of criminal cases, including:
When you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can feel confident that your case has a strong defense strategy and that you have the greatest chance at limiting or eliminating your criminal penalties. An attorney will work with you to determine the ideal defense for your situation and help you understand what the most realistic outcome is for your case. They can help you navigate through complex legal issues in criminal court and prepare evidence and arguments for negotiation, hearings, and trials.
There are other consequences beyond court-ordered fines and imprisonment that can impact your life. Being a convicted criminal in North Carolina can include effects like:
You are considered a habitual offender under North Carolina law if you have three felony convictions as an adult. When you are labeled a habitual offender, penalties get much harsher.
You can expect a criminal defense attorney to have experience, success, and confidence in their ability to defend charges like yours. An effective attorney will be prepared and willing to adapt to your situation and your needs. They will be compassionate and clearly communicate what you can expect from them.
This depends on your situation and your attorney. Your attorney can’t lie for you while in court, and they can’t allow you to lie while you are under oath. However, being open with your attorney about your circumstances and whether you’re guilty allows them to have all the facts of a situation. This can provide a more effective defense.
Communications between a client and their attorney for legal purposes are under protection. Some attorneys prefer to have all the information of your case and create a defense from there. Others wish to know little so that their own biases won’t impact their ability to create a strong defense.
You want an attorney who effectively communicates with you throughout your case. This includes clearly explaining legal terms so you can understand them and providing you with an honest outlook on your case. Strong communication also means your attorney will keep you updated as the case progresses, checking in so you don’t feel lost or overwhelmed.
Whatever criminal offenses you’re being charged with, the attorneys at Edwards Law, PLLC want to provide you with effective and experienced criminal defense. It’s essential to take any level of criminal charges very seriously. We want to limit the effect these offenses have on your future. Contact us today for aggressive and adaptive defense.