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Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Few people anticipate being in this position. Looking back, you can identify a few mistakes that led to being charged with a crime. Now you must look forward and identify the steps to fixing this problem. Your first step is hiring a qualified attorney.

If you are charged with a crime in North Carolina, it is very important that you know all of your legal rights. There are important procedural and constitutional guidelines that must be followed by the police and prosecutor, and  failure to comply with these guidelines could result in in the District Attorney having to dismiss or reduce your charges.

At Mahlum Law Office, we have significant courtroom experience and are prepared to raise every possible defense in the hopes of achieving the best outcome for your particular situation. We provide skilled, aggressive criminal defense representation throughout Wake County, and are committed to protecting your rights, while guiding you through the complex legal system.

MISDEMEANOR CHARGES

Misdemeanor charges can be serious offenses in North Carolina.   A conviction of a misdemeanor can result in serious consequences such as incarceration, probation, possible deportation, possible loss of financial aid, difficulty being accepted to college, and difficulty finding future employment.  At Mahlum Law Office, we understand that being charged with a misdemeanor can be a frightening experience.  We will help you through every step of the process. Often times we are able to have the charges dismissed, negotiate a deferral agreement for a dismissal or Prayer for Judgment, or have your charge reduced to a lower charge.  It is extremely important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you.

At Mahlum Law Office, we will review all the facts of your case to determine whether the State can prove each element of your charge beyond a reasonable doubt.  We will negotiate with the District Attorney and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.  Misdemeanor charges are categorized into four different classes.

Class A1 Misdemeanors

                A class A1 misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor.  A conviction of this class of misdemeanor can result in jail time even if you have a clean record.  The maximum punishment for a class A1 misdemeanor conviction is 150 in jail. Examples include

  • Assault on a Female
  • Assault on a Government Official
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Assault By Pointing a Gun
  • Violation of a 50B order

Class 1 Misdemeanors

                A conviction of this class of misdemeanor can result in jail time if you are a level 2 or 3 for punishment purposes.  The maximum punishment for a class 1 misdemeanor conviction is 120 in jail. Examples include

  • Larceny
  • Possession of Stolen Goods
  • Communicating Threats
  • Prostitution
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Class 2 Misdemeanors

A conviction of this class of misdemeanor can result in jail time if you are a level 3 for punishment purposes.  The maximum punishment for a class 2 misdemeanor conviction is 60 in jail. Examples include

  • Simple Assault
  • Resist, Delay, or Obstruct an Officer
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • Indecent Exposure

Class 3 Misdemeanors

A conviction of this class of misdemeanor can result in jail time if you are a level 3 for punishment purposes.  The maximum punishment for a class 3 misdemeanor conviction is 20 in jail. Examples include

  • Simple Possession of Marijuana
  • Consumption, Possession, or Purchase of Alcohol by 19 or 20 years old
  • Second Degree Trespass
  • Shoplifting

If you are in need of experienced legal representation with your Misdemeanor charge contact us for a free consultation.

FELONY CHARGES

Felony charges are the most serious offenses in North Carolina.   A conviction of a felony can result in serious consequences such as incarceration, probation, possible deportation and if the charge is a sex crime mandatory registration on the sex offender registry, loss of the right to vote, loss of the right to possess a firearm, and difficulty finding future employment.  At Mahlum Law Office, we understand that being charged with a felony can be a frightening experience and that you have a lot of questions regarding your charge.  We will help you through every step of the process.  It is extremely important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you with your matter.

At Mahlum Law Office, we will review all the facts of your case to determine whether the State can prove each element of your charge beyond a reasonable doubt.  We will file a motion compelling the state to reveal all the evidence that has been collected against you.  We will negotiate with the District Attorney to have your charge reduced to a lower charge and in some situations possibly even dismissed all together.