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The North Carolina court system is busy. . .really busy.  Raleigh criminal defense lawyers like John Fanney spend a tremendous amount of time working through scheduling issues.

Part of legal representation as a defense lawyer is explaining to clients a simple, hard fact.  We do NOT control the docket.  The State of North Carolina does.  They get to call cases when they want to call cases – John Fanney

It doesn’t matter felony vs. misdemeanor or Superior Criminal Court or District Court, the State through the Wake County District Attorney’s Office wields an incredibly powerful tool.  Control of the calendar, choosing which criminal defense charge to call and when is a tremendous tactical advantage.


In North Carolina, what is the difference between civil and criminal court? 

  • What is the difference between Civil Law and Criminal Law?
  • Can I be charged with both?

  • I pleaded guilty, what are my options ?

  • Is there a way to withdraw my plea ?

  • Can I get out of my guilty plea ?


What are my legal rights?  What can happen?  Do I need a lawyer for an interlock hearing?

You’re about to go into a hearing where the person who prosecutes this case is the same person who decides what happens to you, the DMV hearing officer – John Fanney

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SEE MORE:  Ignition Interlock Laws in North Carolina 2017


Can I Handle a DWI Case by Myself?  What Will Happen in Court?  Do I really need a lawyer for DUI

Given the consequences of Impaired Driving in North Carolina, you should take the charges seriously.  The State will be – John Fanney 

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What Can Happen in Court?

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