Have you been arrested for a criminal offense in North Carolina? If so, do you know what to do?
The very first thing you need to do is exercise your right to remain silent. Anything you say during your arrest and before your attorney arrives could come back to haunt you later.
Speaking of attorneys, hire one. Immediately. Some may say this makes you look guilty. The truth is you need an advocate to look out for your best interest for the remainder of your case. Don’t worry about how it looks to the world, or let law enforcement talk you out of it. Their job is to convict someone of a crime, and it may as well be you. Call our criminal defense attorneys at Remington & Dixon PLLC, in Charlotte, to take control of your case. They have the experience and knowledge to take you through your case and get the best outcome. You do not want to do this alone.
The first thing our criminal attorneys will do is work on getting you released from jail if you’ve been arrested. Their expertise in arguing for bail is your best bet to getting released. Once you are out, you must be sure to attend all court proceedings, meetings with your attorney and keep yourself out of trouble during that time.
You will be advised of the status of your case throughout the process.
It’s a good idea to shore up your finances during this time, just in case you end up being sentenced to any prison time. Our criminal defense attorneys will do their best to keep you from being sentenced to any prison time, but if you’ve been arrested for drug possession, the drug laws in North Carolina are quite tough. Based on the weight and type of drugs you were in possession of, the sentences can carry mandatory jail time.
If you’ve been arrested for assault, battery or both, you may have to spend some time in jail if you’ve gotten any previous convictions for crimes in the state. (after three felony convictions in NC, mandatory jail time is part of the process). This may also happen if you’ve been arrested for domestic violence. Here again, exercise your right to remain silent; this includes talking to anyone, even your cellmates or any law enforcement personnel while you are incarcerated. Only speak with your attorney, whether in person or by phone.
Say you’ve been arrested for murder. You will be booked into jail, fingerprinted, searched and locked in a cell. You have the right to an attorney, so be sure to exercise that right. Call our attorneys at Remington & Dixon to help you every step of the way. They will offer you a free consultation to see if and how they can help you. They can help you get released and get back to your life. Make sure to make all scheduled meetings and court appointments. It may seem like the end of the world, but you will get through this.
A serious criminal offense charge has the power to derail your life. The truth is a criminal conviction can cost you a lot of money, prevent you from getting a job, owning a firearm, voting, keep you from getting custody of a child and more. That’s why it’s best to have an attorney working for you that knows criminal charges and the defense thereof.
If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor criminal offense, the sentence and penalties will be much lighter; in fact, if you have no previous criminal record, it’s possible you could be sentenced to community service. This is common for people arrested with no prior criminal record.
There are ways you can help your attorney with your case; depending on the crime committed, it would be helpful to make notes of all individuals involved, your relationship to them, how they were involved and their contact information.
When it comes to defending yourself for a crime you are accused of, details are very important. Any information you can provide to assist your attorney in defending you will always be helpful.
We see very often on the news and crime shows these days that people arrested for crimes do a lot of talking to the detectives working on their cases. If you’re arrested for a crime, don’t do that. Call your attorney and remain silent. Law enforcement is quite skilled in getting you to talk, to admit to things you shouldn’t admit to, and maybe even elicit a false confession. You have the right to an attorney before answering any questions; you may have the right to be released on bail depending on the seriousness of the crime, and whether you have a prior criminal record.
Criminal offenses range from assault, battery, domestic violence (which may include assault and/or battery), murder, robbery etc. If you commit a felony while in the commission of another crime, the penalties may increase exponentially.
There are crimes against the state, and there are federal crimes, and sometimes the crime includes both state and federal charges. There are statutes of limitations on most crimes, not including murder.
It is best to consult with your attorney on all aspects of your suspected crime; they are the best equipped to help you say and do the right things when it comes to your case. Trust them to get you through the process.
It’s not cheap to get yourself all the way from arrest to trial. There are a number of fees associated with defending yourself, but it will be money well spent. Speak with your attorney about a possible payment plan that fits your budget. The consultation is free, so there is no risk in meeting to see if they can help you.
They say the person who defends themselves in court has a fool for a client. Don’t make the mistake of going it alone, contact the experienced criminal attorneys in Charlotte, NC at Remington & Dixon today to get your case on its way to your freedom.
Brandon double-majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Throughout his career, Brandon has received numerous awards and recognition from his peers and agencies that rate attorneys. A few of these awards are from The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015, Super Lawyers: Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019, and North Carolina Business Magazine: Legal Elite in 2019, among others.