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Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Protect Your Rights

The terms Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyer mean different things to different people.  Frankly, sometimes how people perceive Defense Attorneys is a matter of perspective or personal circumstance.

Criminal Defense is a broad practice group for lawyers.  Sometimes we handle relatively minor matters, helping people understand the system, explore options, and limit the long-term consequences of a poor decision or momentary lapse of judgment.

The process, and the client’s stated goals of legal representation in more minor allegations, may involve a collaborative approach with the Office of the District Attorney.  That may include things like alcohol or drug treatment, community service, and restitution.

To some extent it is less “adversarial,” meaning the State of North Carolina, as a matter of policy, is more concerned with changing behavior and helping people learn through their mistakes, than causing long-term criminal records and the associated long-term personal consequences.

When is a Criminal Defense Lawyer the Best Course of Action?

In other matters, especially cases involving Serious Felonies such as Murder, Manslaughter, Felony Death and Assaults, Criminal Defense means something much more.  Criminal Defense Attorneys work with clients facing life-changing allegations and charges.

Sometimes a Criminal Defense Lawyer is one of the few people standing between the accused a long prison term.  That is not to say there are not protections built into the system.

Things like the Presumption of Innocence, Burden of Proof, and Guilt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt are more than mere platitudes.  Clients charged with criminal offenses need to understand the importance of the Constitutions of North Carolina and the United States, the Bills of Rights, and the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.

We have experience people helping clients charged with extremely serious felonies in North Carolina.

Representation involves more than obtaining treatment or accepting responsibility.  Given the facts and circumstances, it can be a long, arduous process involving the review of discovery materials, interviewing witnesses, filing and arguing Motions in Court, and ultimately presenting a Defense to a Jury of Peers.

A Defense Attorney That is On Your Side

We help people through difficult times.  We want clients to understand the charges and their options.  Lawyers work to balance and explain the best-case and worst-case scenarios to clients.

At Powers McCartan PLLC we often encounter people going through hard-times and in tough circumstances.  They are worried.  They are concerned.  They are confused and they don’t know which way to turn.

As experienced lawyers, we want to express compassion and concern, while also providing realistic legal advice and opinions.  There are times we are required to share hard truths.  The key to helping people, especially people facing criminal charges, is to do so with care, with concern, and without judging.

That’s what we do as Criminal Defense Lawyers.


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!




    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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