The criminal defense lawyers of Welch & Avery understand that being investigated and/or arrested for a crime in North Carolina is frightening. You and your family will have many questions about the criminal process in North Carolina. Below are answers to some of the most common questions our attorneys receive regarding criminal defense. You can read more about criminal defense in our Criminal Defense Blog.
Falsely Accused: How Do I Prove That I Am Innocent Of A Crime?
Being accused of a crime that you did not commit is terrifying. Our justice system is supposed to punish people who are guilty of a crime and it is supposed to find people who did not commit a crime innocent of all charges. Unfortunately, our justice system does not always work the way our founding fathers intended it to work. For more information about what to do if you are falsely accused of a crime, you can read our full blog on this subject and contact our office.
Drug Trafficking in North Carolina
North Carolina views drug trafficking and all drug charges very seriously. If you are found guilty of drug trafficking in North Carolina, you face mandatory prison sentences and fines. The amount of time you spend in prison and the amount of your fine depend on the type of drug involved and the amount of the drug in question. More information about drug trafficking laws in North Carolina can be found in our blog or by calling our office to speak with one of our criminal defense attorneys.
Can I Get The Conditions Of My Bond Changed?
If you are arrested for a crime in North Carolina, you may have the right to be released pending your trial. The court may impose a financial bond to ensure your compliance with any release requirements and to ensure you will appear at all court hearings. The amount and conditions of the bond are decided by the judge after the judge considers all of the factors surrounding your criminal charge. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you change the conditions of your bond under some circumstances. Read more about bonds here.
Is It Ever Legal To Possess Marijuana In North Carolina?
This is a common question many people have given the fact that some states have legalized medical marijuana and other states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. North Carolina continues to classify marijuana as a controlled substance; therefore, possessing marijuana in North Carolina is a crime. You cannot possess, sell, or grow marijuana in North Carolina. If you are found guilty of marijuana drug charges, you face serious negative consequences. Read our full blog on possession of marijuana and contact our drug defense attorneys for more information.
What Happens If I Get Caught Driving With A Suspended License?
In North Carolina, a suspended driver’s license is the same as a revoked driver’s license – these terms are interchangeable. In both cases, your driving privileges have been revoked which could seriously affect your ability to work and to provide for your family. Some of the reasons why your license may be suspended in North Carolina include driving while impaired, failure to appear in court, too many traffic violations, mandatory suspension for some traffic violations, failure to pay child support, dropping out of high school, and failing to perform court-ordered community service. Regardless of why you have a suspended driver’s license, driving with a suspended driver’s license is a crime. If you are convicted of DWLR (driving while license revoked), you face serious criminal penalties. Read our blog for an explanation of DWLR and the penalties you face for a conviction.
Will I Be Able To Possess A Gun If I Have a Felony Conviction?
Owning and possession a firearm is a constitutional right; however, you can lose this right if you are convicted of a North Carolina felony charge. North Carolina criminal law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possession a firearm. In some cases, you may be able to restore your firearm rights. Our attorneys explain this matter in more detail in our blog section.
Does A Person Charged With Domestic Violence Have To Stay In Jail For 48 Hours?
North Carolina treats domestic violence as a serious matter. If convicted of domestic violence, you face serious criminal penalties. Even if the police are simply investigating charges of domestic violence, you should immediately consult a criminal defense lawyer instead of waiting until the police decide whether to make an arrest. While automatic jail time may not be a requirement of a domestic violence charge, you could spend 48 hours or more in jail if you are arrested. Read our entire explanation of this issue here.
North Carolina Expungement: Can I Get My Criminal Case Expunged?
Having a criminal record can make it very difficult to get the job that you want, live where you desire, or own a firearm. In some cases, you may be able to have your criminal conviction expunged from your record. If the expungement is successful, it will be as if you were never arrested and convicted of a crime in North Carolina. Our criminal defense lawyers discuss expungements in more detail in our blog section.
Do I Have To Answer Questions From The Police?
You have the right to remain silent if the police want to question you regarding a criminal investigation. You also have the right to remain silent if the police arrest you on any criminal charge. Use your right to remain silent except for contacting the criminal defense lawyers at Welch & Avery. We discuss the reasons why it is not in your best interest to talk to the police here.
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