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Any crime is a serious matter. If you’ve been arrested in NC, you need a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and help you determine your next steps. When you contact Powers McCartan PLLC, you know that we’ll work hard on your behalf from the moment you’re arrested.
Our law firm has extensive experience helping the accused in North Carolina with criminal defense, DWIs, and traffic tickets. Founding partner Bill Powers has been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Legal Specialty as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist in North Carolina.
Personalized Representation from Lawyers You Can Trust
You deserve to be kept informed over the course of your case. When working with our lawyers, you’ll know which stage your case is in and what you need to consider at that point.
Each case is unique. That’s why we speak with you as soon as possible to help identify the key issues in your case and identify a defense strategy.
When you’re facing charges, talking to an attorney is a critical step in your case.
The Aggressive and Experienced Defense You Need in North Carolina
Criminal Defense: We recognize that the day clients call us to discuss their criminal defense matters may be one of the worst days of their lives. We are ready to help you with compassion, understanding, and years of experience. Learn more about our criminal defense experience and services here.
DWI: A DWI is one of the most common criminal charges in North Carolina, but it is also quite serious. If you need help with this distressing legal issue that could impact your future for years to come, know that we’ll treat your case with no judgment and all compassion. Find out more about our DWI experience here.
Traffic Violations: Don’t ignore or pay a traffic ticket without walking through the potential consequences. Hiring a lawyer can help you avoid penalties and missteps. Go here to read more about our traffic ticket services.
Take advantage of a free consultation
If you’re facing criminal charges and need help, time is of the essence. Exercise your right to a lawyer and take advantage of the insight provided while the details of your arrest are still fresh in your mind. In most cases, you’re entitled to a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help.
Why You Need a Lawyer Experienced with Criminal Defense
Not all lawyers focus their practices on criminal, traffic, and DWI driving defense. You need a zealous legal advocate on your side from the moment you’ve been accused to defend you and guide you from beginning to end through the legal process.
Our multi-jurisdictional law practice maintains offices in both North Carolina and South Carolina and provide consultations during normal business hours. We go one step beyond by providing an after-hour service with an “on-call” attorney for emergency situations so that you know a lawyer is just a phone call away.
Bill Powers, Chris McCartan, and John Landreth are all licensed in North Carolina. John Landreth is also licensed in South Carolina and handles all client legal matters in that state. Our attorneys have earned distinctions across the state and country. Power McCartan, PLLC has been named a Charlotte Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” for DUI/DWI Defense in the 2017 S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Publication.
Bill Powers is currently the President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and was included in the 2017 “Top 100” North Carolina and “Top 25” Charlotte Super Lawyers. Attorney Bill Powers also earned the distinction of “Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year” Criminal Defense: General Practice, Charlotte NC by The Best Lawyers in America and the “Ebbie Award” for exceptional service and inspired commitment to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
For more information on membership standards and criterion for his inclusion in the referenced professional organizations, see:
Thank you again for taking the time to review our credentials. It would be an honor to help during your time of need.
FAQS ABOUT THE NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA LEGAL SYSTEMS
At Powers McCartan, PLLC it is our strong belief that information and preparation make for a powerful legal defense. We want you to understand your specific case and how the legal system works in the North Carolina courts. We know you have a lot of questions, including:
- What is the worst-case scenario?
- What should I do?
- Do I have to go to court?
- What happens to my license?
- Will I possibly go to jail over this?
- Can you help me with my case, based on my specific circumstances?
- How much will this all cost?
Our goal is to provide you the information and resources you need to understand your charges and what to expect.
But since every person’s situation is unique, we strongly encourage you to contact one of our attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. They will be happy to explain the laws to you as they pertain to your case and specific circumstances.
Since many charges are time-sensitive, you should not delay in seeking legal counsel. You can contact us today at 704-342-HELP (4357).
NORTH CAROLINA & SOUTH CAROLINA: PREPARATION IS KEY
REMEMBER: Preparation is Key!
Preparation is vital for a zealous defense of criminal charges. Although documentation is provided to people upon release from jail, some documentation may not be immediately available. As such, we obtain the important paperwork for the client as soon as we are retained.
The following materials can be important to review before trial or making a decision on the most appropriate manner in which to proceed:
- Charging Officer or Officers’ Affidavit(s)
- Video and Audio Recordings
- Notes, Maps, Drawings, Reports, and Supplemental Documentation
Your lawyer will review these materials and help you determine how they impact your defense. Entrusting your case to a law firm with years of experience helping people just like you can have a significant impact on your ability to fight the charges.
Please call now for your free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
Powers McCartan, PLLC
GENERAL FEE & PROCESS INFORMATION
How Much are Legal Fees?
When it comes to the prospect of a criminal conviction and retaining a lawyer, ask yourself these important questions:
- What is my goal?
- What are my options?
- What can I afford?
- What is the best case scenario?
- What is the worst case scenario?
- Do I want to plead guilty?
- Do I want a trial?
Review and Confirm Services Provided to Clients
Meeting with your lawyer at the outset of your case to discuss these questions can help you hire the right law firm. Our lawyers will review your court documentation and give you an honest assessment of your options and the potential outcomes so that you can make an informed decision.
The review and confirm option allows clients to verify, at a competitive legal fee, they have made a good-faith effort to review the materials and are making the decision that suits their needs.
“We offer help and compassion. We also let the client decide what is best for them.” – Bill Powers
If we see grounds to challenge the charges, we will advise you of that. You may thereafter decide to proceed forward with additional legal services that may involve the filing of Motions and a trial.
How Our Lawyers Help the Accused in NC Criminal Cases
There are many different ways that the right lawyer can help you prepare for trial and minimize the chances of serious consequences. Some of the services we provide include:
- We will assemble the documents necessary for the Judge to review to make the process as quick and painless as possible
- We will guide you through the complex legal system procedures
- We will help you understand how to move forward
It makes sense before making any important decision to seek out experienced legal advice from a trusted, experienced attorney.
NORTH CAROLINA Misdemeanors and District Court Motions and Trial
Many criminal cases (but not all) are handled in District Court in North Carolina.
That means they are ruled upon by a District Court Judge who acts as both judge and jury.
- Sometimes cases rise and fall on legal arguments made to Judges
- Other cases involve a trial to the reasonable doubt standard
- Finally, some cases necessitate motions and a trial
Superior Court Motions, Trials, and Appeals
There are times when neither the Client nor the Lawyer are satisfied with the legal ruling or findings in district court. In these cases, you may have grounds to appeal. Superior Court appeals may involve re-hearing on a motion, bringing a new Motion to Dismiss or Motion to Suppress. This appeals process takes time, more formalized documentation, and an attorney familiar with the required procedures.
Superior Court Jury Trial and Pleas
Some cases or disputes just have to be heard in Superior Court and at times, by a jury. In North Carolina Superior Court, juries normally determine what happened factually. Juries are therefore traditionally known as the “Finders of Fact.”
In Superior Court, the Superior Court Judge, who is different than a District Court judge, is deemed the “Finder of law.” Judges decide legal issues such as whether law enforcement had reasonable suspicion or probable cause to proceed.
Remember, in a North Carolina Superior Court**:
- Jury = Finder of fact
- Judge = Finder of law
While a Superior Court Judge may rule on the admissibility of evidence or even dismiss a case when legally appropriate, they often do not decide guilt or innocence.**
Make no mistake, the Superior Court Judge has considerable authority and discretion in determining what Evidence is admissible and therefore what evidence the jury hears. The Constitution of North Carolina provides to you, in criminal cases, the right to a trial by jury. It is an important right afforded to you
**There is now an important exception in North Carolina. The Constitution of the State of North Carolina was amended in 2015 to allow a Superior Court Trial by Judge in certain circumstances. Furthermore, for some “lower-level” felony charges, District Court judges have been empowered to take pleas on certain matters, subject to the laws of the State of North Carolina. For more information, please seek out the advice of competent legal counsel.
Legal Counsel Based on Your Needs
By now, you will have noticed a pattern — we set legal fees based on the services you want. We will follow your direction.
- Do you want help getting through the process, thinking you would like to explore options regarding a Deferred Disposition?
- Do you want to plead guilty and move on?
- Do you prefer to challenge the allegations, knowing that in every case there are many different variables to consider?
We have experience helping people. We believe the right decisions are made after considering good information. At regular intervals throughout our representation we like to ask: “Is this what you want?”
Just thinking about a legal matter can be stressful. The anxiety of not knowing what to do or who to talk to may exact a heavy price. Rather than carry the burden alone, we encourage you to seek legal counsel.
At Powers McCartan PLLC, we provide experience in addition to resourceful and professional legal advice. When you’re going through a difficult time in your life, you need an attorney who can protect your interests and has the experience to give you the legal insight to make good decisions. Information and preparation are important tools in any legal presentation. The legal process can be confusing and it’s important to know your options.
If you have questions, we have answers for you at Powers McCartan PLLC. We’re here to help. Don’t wait to protect your rights.
Just thinking about a legal matter can be stressful. The anxiety of not knowing what to do or who to talk to may exact a heavy price. Rather than carry the burden alone, we encourage you to seek legal counsel. At Powers McCartan PLLC, we provide experience; resourceful and professional legal advice. When you’re going through a difficult time in your life, you need an attorney who can protect your interest and has the experience to give you the legal insight to make good decisions. Information and preparation are important tools in any legal presentation. The legal process can be confusing, take action. it’s important to know your options. If you have questions, we have answers for you at Powers McCartan PLLC. We’re here to help.
Mr. Powers and his associates took my case on very short notice and got the results I needed! They have treated me with the greatest of respect and welcomed me as a valued client; making calls in person and giving extra effort to help me understand the processes of my case. This is the place to go to genuinely get things taken care of. Thank you Mr. Powers, and your staff and associates!
CONTACT US TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
The attorneys of Powers McCartan have accumulated a wealth of legal resources and information and made it available to the general public.
If you are looking for preliminary legal information on a DWI, Criminal Defense or Traffic Ticket issue, our guidebook to navigating the legal system is a good place to start. Click here to download our guide. We also feature additional legal resources in the legal resource section of our website which you can find here.
If you have specific questions about a legal matter, we encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys who will be happy to discuss the specific circumstances of your case.
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