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Carteret County Felony Defense Attorney

Defending Against Felony Charges in Eastern North Carolina

While any criminal charge is something that should be taken seriously, it is important to realize that criminal charges in relation to felonies will be of more severity than a misdemeanor. Felony charges can relate to everything from manslaughter, to domestic violence, and even drug crimes, such as trafficking. While differing in type, they all have one thing in common – unrelenting, life-altering penalties. Felonies are not something that can be dealt with in a month and then forgotten about.

If you are facing a felony charge, it is vastly important that you get the involvement of an experienced Carteret County criminal defense attorney that you can trust to provide you with high-quality and experienced representation when it matters most. At Cummings & Kennedy, we know the confusion that relates to felony crimes and we are firmly devoted to providing our clients with the representation that they truly deserve.

Contact a Carteret County Felony Lawyer From Our Firm

Due to the long-lasting impact of a felony conviction, should you be facing something of this nature, you do not have a moment to spare. Our firm is led by a husband and wife team and is a continuation of a firm that was started in 1995. With local roots, we are proud to offer residents of the Carteret County area with heavyweight assistance. We focus exclusively on criminal defense and are proud to be in court on a daily basis protecting your rights. This gives us a knowledge and experience that is not rooted in book learning, but rather has been hard-earned by putting in the hours necessary. We know the laws and we know the courts where we will be trying the case. You can trust that we will draw upon these vast resources to help you protect your best interests to the best of our abilities.

FAQ: Answers to Common Felony Charge Questions

  • What is a felony?

A felony is a serious charge that can lead to heavy consequences if the individual charged is convicted. In the state of North Carolina, felony convictions can result from a variety of charges, including murder, rape, child molestation, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, human trafficking, robbery, intimidating a witness, forgery, making terror threats, and more. If you’ve been charged with a felony, it’s best to gain protection from legal representation right away. We can help you to understand your rights, your options, and how to navigate upcoming litigation actions.

  • What should I do if I’ve been charged with a felony?

If you’ve been charged with a felony it’s in your best interest to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. The fact of the matter is that you’re facing a serious charge, and an attorney will act on your behalf with your best interests in mind. An attorney may be able to have the charge dropped, the charge reduced, or the conviction reduced, depending on the circumstances. Speak to a lawyer to learn your options, and to protect your rights as you navigate through the felony charge and litigation process.

  • Is there a difference between misdemeanor and felony convictions?

There is a significant difference between misdemeanor and felony convictions. Be wary that felony convictions usually have far more significant penalties, ranging from fines to jail time. While misdemeanors convictions often come with jail time that is less than a year (or no jail time whatsoever), felonies convictions often result in more than a year of jail time. On top of that, felony conviction jail time is usually spent in a federal prison, while any misdemeanor conviction jail time will be spent in a county jail. Felonies also are very difficult to expunge. In fact, North Carolina only began to expunge certain felony charges as of December 1, 2017.

  • Who is eligible for expungement of a felony?

As of December 1, 2017, only first offenders who were convicted of a felony while under the age of 18 may be eligible to have their records expunged. In addition, an eligible candidate must have a clean criminal history since their conviction — in certain cases, traffic violations may not hinder an individual’s eligibility for expungement. A felony conviction may only be eligible to be expunged after four years from the date of the conviction or four years after the date of a served sentence. Feel free to learn more about expungements.

  • Can a DWI be charged as a felony?

In general, driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges lead to misdemeanor convictions here in the state of North Carolina. That said, multiple DWI convictions can eventually lead to a DWI felony called a Habitual DWI Felony Charge. If you’ve been convicted of three DWIs or more within the span of 10 years, you may be charged with a felony DWI. You can learn more about DWI charges and our defense services.


 

Facing felony charges? For legal assistance that you can rely on, contact a Carteret County felony defense lawyer from our legal team as soon as possible.