If you have been charged with a crime, no matter how minor it may seem, you should speak with a criminal defense lawyer. If there is any possibility of jail time associated with the criminal charge, then you need a criminal defense attorney on your side that will either fight the charge in court or work hard to get the charges reduced and take the possibility of a prison sentence off the table.
Even if the criminal charge cannot result in jail time, any criminal conviction may haunt you later in life. This is especially true for young people and university students. For example, you are convicted as a young adult of trespassing. Later in life, a potential employer may conduct a criminal background check, see the conviction on your record and assume that the conviction was actually a burglary offense that was reduced to a trespassing charge. The employer would view this in a negative light.
A Local Criminal Defense Firm
The experienced criminal defense attorneys of Douglas K. Simmons & Associates, PLLC, has immediate appointments available to discuss how best to respond to criminal charges. We provide close, attentive service to all clients, and we offer uniquely tailored solutions that best fit individual needs. From our office near the University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC), we defend people charged throughout Charlotte, including in Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County.
The focus of our criminal defense practice is offering efficient and personalized defense for people accused of any manner of misdemeanor crime. We handle a limited number of felony cases. The types of cases we frequently handle include:
- DUI or DWI charges
- Traffic violations
- Minor drug offenses such as possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia like pipes or bongs
- Shoplifting or retail theft
- Assault and battery
- Communicating threats
- Underage drinking
In addition to criminal defense services, we can help people clear their criminal record of arrests, criminal charges and some convictions. This process is known as criminal record expungement. For minors, a similar process is known as sealing a criminal record.
Our lawyers can help you understand North Carolina criminal law and how it pertains to your case. For example, if you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, it is important to know that this is a more serious charge than many possession charges. The idea is that paraphernalia could be used for more serious drugs such as cocaine. Cocaine use is a felony, while marijuana possession is only a misdemeanor.
To speak with one of our Charlotte criminal defense lawyers about any North Carolina misdemeanor charge, please call us at 704-269-4223. You may also fill out the form on the Contact Us page of this website, and a representative from our office will be in touch with you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!
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