At Adkins Law, we know that bad things can happen to good people. Most people facing criminal charges are honest, genuine people, who simply need an advocate to assert their rights.
Adkins Law proudly provides criminal defense legal representation for misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Charlotte-Metropolitan and surrounding area. If you have been charged with a crime, you need an attorney with the right balance of experience and knowledge. You need someone who is willing to stand up for you. Adkins Law will be your advocate through this process.
Remember that when you face criminal charges, it does not mean you are guilty. You are innocent until proven guilty and only guilty if convicted. The goal at Adkins Law is to fight for a dismissal, or at least a reduction, on every defense case. The goal is for your criminal charges to have the least adverse impact on your life.
Let Adkins Law go to work for you and let's protect your rights, freedom, and future. Contact Adkins Law to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
In North Carolina, a misdemeanor is defined as any crime that is not labeled a felony. Misdemeanors are usually considered "lesser" criminal acts. They are generally punished less severely than felonies, but more so than infractions. Examples of misdemeanor offenses in North Carolina include: possession of marijuana (less than 1.5 ounces), simple assault (a bar fight), and trespassing.
In North Carolina, a felony is defined as a crime which:
Was a felony at common law;
Is or may be punishable by death;
Is or may be punishable by imprisonment in the State's prison; or
Is denominated as a felony by statute.
Felonies are much more serious than misdemeanors and the consequences are typically harsher. Examples of felony offenses in North Carolina include: possession of cocaine, aggravated assault, and armed robbery.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, and would like to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense lawyer, please don't hesitate to contact Adkins Law.
Criminal Record Expunctions
In North Carolina, an expunction is a procedure that allows a person to remove a criminal charge from his or her record. Most commonly, this is available for people who had their criminal charges dropped or who were found not guilty at trial.
In some situations, an individual may be able to expunge a criminal conviction from their record. In order for a conviction to be expunged, an individual must satisfy three conditions:
The conviction must not have been for a violent crime. Thus, a conviction for assault, rape, or murder would not qualify.
The individual applying for the expunction must not have been convicted of any new charges after the conviction date for the previous charge.
At least 15 years have passed from the end of the individual's sentence for the conviction and the application for expunction.
North Carolina only allows one expunction per lifetime. In some cases, however, multiple charges stemming from the same incident, or those that transpire within a short time period, may qualify for an expunction.
You are able to handle your own expunction: no criminal defense lawyer is needed. Expunction law, however, may be complex and much easier to navigate with the assistance of a knowledgable criminal defense lawyer. Please contact Adkins Law if you would like more information regarding criminal record expunctions and the criminal record expunction process.
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