Legal Representation For Criminal Court Cases

I am attorney Merritt Wagoner, and I handle a wide variety of criminal defense cases from my law office in Wilmington. I also handle cases in surrounding counties, including Carteret and Pender.

Free consultation: I am easy to talk to and won't judge you for what has happened in the past. I truly enjoy my job and helping people during difficult times in their lives. I invite you to contact my law office to schedule a free consultation to learn how I can help you.

Federal Crimes

Not all lawyers handle criminal defense cases in federal court. If you are facing charges for a federal crime - such as a white collar crime, child pornography or drug trafficking - you will want to work with an attorney who not only handles federal cases, but one who has significant experience working in federal courts.

Practice Areas

I represent individuals who have been charged with all types of criminal offenses, both state and federal. Please follow these links to learn more about my practice areas:

  • Drug offenses - Including drug possession, distribution, manufacturing and trafficking
  • Sex offenses - Including child pornography, sexual assault, rape and indecent exposure
  • Violent crimes - Including murder, attempted murder, assault, inflicting serious bodily harm and armed robbery charges
  • Misdemeanors - Including shoplifting, DWI, marijuana possession and other crimes

Drunk Driving

I also represent clients who have been charged with drunk driving (DUI/DWI). If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, I urge you to contact my law office to learn how I can help. There may be several solid defense options that apply in your case. Schedule a time to meet with me so we can discuss those options.

Traffic Violations

A traffic ticket may not seem like a big deal. And in some cases it's not. But when you are convicted of a traffic violation, points are added to your driver's license. Too many points on your driver's license can lead to license suspension, large fines, and other penalties. And you may be required to take a driver safety course.

Before you pay your ticket - which is an admission of guilt - talk to a criminal defense attorney to learn how you may be impacted. It may be in your best interests to fight your ticket.

Contact Me

I handle felony and misdemeanor cases in state and federal courts in North Carolina. To learn how I can help you overcome criminal charges, please call 910-782-2962.