Attorney Merritt Wagoner handles a wide variety of criminal defense cases from our Wilmington law office. Our experience in state and federal courtrooms could benefit your case because it proves our extensive knowledge spanning the entire legal system.
What Does a Criminal Lawyer Do?
A criminal defense lawyer plays a vital role in any criminal case. They are responsible for protecting the rights of their client and ensuring they have access to a fair trial.
A criminal defense attorney will review all available evidence, interview witnesses, and research applicable laws to devise a strong legal strategy to protect their client’s rights. They also work with prosecutors to negotiate pleas and represent their clients during hearings with judges.
In some cases, a criminal defense lawyer may even be able to get the charges against their client dropped or reduced. Ultimately, the goal of the criminal defense lawyer is to secure the best possible outcome for their client.
Possible Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
North Carolina law administers misdemeanor and felony charges depending on the criminal offense. Misdemeanors are classified as A1, Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3, with A1 being the most serious. Felonies are broadly categorized from Class A to Class I felonies, with Class A being the most severe. To minimize the possibility of facing these charges, our lawyer will persistently defend your case with the goal of reducing or dismissing the charge entirely.
- Class A1: 1 to 150 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment and a fine in the amount deemed necessary by the court.
- Class 1: 1 to 120 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment and a fine in the amount deemed necessary by the court.
- Class 2:1 to 60 days of active, intermediate, or community punishment, and up to a $1,000 fine.
- Class 3: 1 to 20 days of days of active, intermediate, or community punishment and up to a $200 fine.
- Class A: death, or life with or without parole
- Class B1: 144 months to life without parole
- Class B2: 94 to 393 months
- Class C: 44 to 182 months
- Class D: 38 to 160 months
- Class E: 15 to 63 months
- Class F: 10 to 41 months
- Class G: 8 to 31 months
- Class H: 4 to 25 months
- Class I: 3 to 12 months
Fines for each felony class are determined by the court.
We Are Serious About Fighting Your Criminal Charge
Our criminal defense lawyer intends to pursue the most strategic avenue for furthering your best interests. We implement personalized defense strategies that aim to bring our client the freedom and justice they deserve. Contact us to schedule your free consultation and learn about how we will work to overcome your felony or misdemeanor charges.
Call (910) 400-8285 for our dedicated, aggressive criminal defense!