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Preparing a strategy, first I like to look at the big picture. I want to understand the facts.

If you’re facing allegations of criminal charges in Wake County, we want you to understand the process, how courts work, and the best-case and worst-case scenarios.  Even with all the information out there online, and maybe because of how overwhelming that can be, we strongly recommend you talk to an experienced lawyer after being arrested.

Facing criminal charges can be a stressful, worrisome time.  In some measure, the anxiety you may be experiencing (especially if someone you love has been arrested) is likely related to not knowing what to expect.  You may have questions and that’s entirely normal.  Our Raleigh defense lawyers are available to address inquiries such as:

  • What is the difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?


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?

Understanding North Carolina drug laws can be complicated. Here we’ll explain drug laws in NC and what you should do if you’ve been charged with a drug crime.

While federal law outlaws many drugs and controlled substances , individual states municipalities often have their own regulations. These regulations determine how local law enforcement will respond to different drug crimes.

For this reason, if you are charged with a drug-related offense, it is important to understand the specific laws in the state where you live. For instance, drug laws in NC are, in many cases, more stringent than those in other states, and include harsh penalties.

If you’re involved in legal trouble, it may be time to hire a lawyer. This article will break down the occasions for when you should hire a lawyer.

Being involved with legal trouble can often be a stressful, scary situation.

You may be afraid of losing money, property, or even going to jail. You may be wanting to fight against unfair trial, or stand up for yourself in a bad divorce.

  • 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


Shoplifting Charges – Wake County:  Do I Need a Lawyer for Larceny?

These are charges that can follow you around forever – John Fanney

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Do I Need a Lawyer?  What is a Suspension?  What is Driving While License Revoked

Please never take legal advice from a police officer – John Fanney 

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See More:  North Carolina General Statute 20-16

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