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Eastern North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you are currently facing a criminal charge, it can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that a criminal charge does not equate to a criminal conviction. With the help of an experienced Carteret County criminal defense attorney steps can be taken to protect your best interests and more importantly... your freedom.

At Cummings & Kennedy, we recognize the daunting nature of criminal cases, and we are devoted to ensuring that our clients receive high-quality and aggressive legal assistance. Those who come to us can be confident in knowing that they will receive a defense that is uniquely tailored to their individual situation.

Our firm is led by James Cummings and Joe Kennedy who are proud to serve clients throughout Carteret County North Carolina, including Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Harker's Island, Cedar Island, Marshallberg, Pine Knoll Shores, Cape Carteret, Beaufort, Morehead City and Newport. We know the area, we are in court every day. The clients who work with us can rest easier knowing that we know the judges, the law enforcement officers and court house personnel. We are not only familiar with the law – we are familiar with the process. Every advantage helps and having a local firm can be the edge that you need to protect your rights.

Carteret County Criminal Attorney – Key Areas of Practice

Our legal team is prepared to help clients defend their legal rights regardless of whether they face charges for resisting arrest, a drug offense (such as possession and trafficking) or an alcohol offense . We have vast experience in handling all types of criminal cases and are prepared to draw upon our resources to help clients protect their legal rights. For example, we are experienced in cases pertaining to theft crimes, such as the following charges:

As mentioned, we are also able to help with alcohol-related charges. This can include helping clients deal with charges of boating while impaired after being on one of North Carolina's waterways, helping clients protect their driver's license in a DMV hearing after a DWI or could even mean that we are helping minors handle underage possession or  fake ID charges. We also recognize that alcohol-related charges do not always stand on their own. For example, someone who has been criminally charged with public intoxication could also be facing concurrent disorderly conduct charges and we are fully prepared to handle both.

So don't wait! No matter whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, you can be confident knowing that by working with us that you will have an advocate on your side that is fully prepared to go the distance to defend your legal rights. From charges of Driving on a revoked license to driving while impared, experience counts and we are prepared to fight for you.

Why hire a Carteret County criminal defense lawyer?

When dealing with criminal charges (such as assault), drug charges, or when interested in an expungement, who you choose to represent you can make all the difference. At Cummings and Kennedy, we only handle criminal cases.  As a continuation of a firm that was founded in 1995, we are proud to remain a local family run firm.

From complex cases involving manslaughter to emotionally-charged cases of domestic violence, we have proven that we can handle all types of criminal charges. When you have everything on the line, you need to be confident that you have hired the right firm. Call us today for a defense that you can rely on.

Criminally charged? For protection of your rights and your freedom, contact a Carteret County criminal defense attorney from our legal team as soon as possible.

We are proud to serve clients throughout the entire coastal North Carolina area, including Beaufort, , Morehead City, Newport and Atlantic Beach.

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