Being charged with any felony is extremely serious and can result in devastating consequences.
If you are being investigated or have already been charged with a felony crime in North Carolina, it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately before answering any questions or making a statement to law enforcement. Speaking without the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer can put your freedom and future in jeopardy. In many felony cases, you may be asked to cooperate before being officially charged. While being investigated, it is in your best interest to learn about your legal options with an attorney in Boone NC, who is ready to represent you prior to or after a charge.
The North Carolina Felony Process
In North Carolina, the felony process typically begins with a criminal warrant and an appearance before a District Court Judge within 72 hours of your initial arrest. At this time, the defendant is informed of their charges, right to counsel, and your bond for release is set. Your lawyer may be able to help you reduce your bond or obtain an unsecured bond during this time.
Note that defendants should never represent themselves alone in court or rely on an inexperienced trial lawyer. If you’re accused of a felony, you may face severe criminal penalties involving probation, prison sentences, or expensive fines. Harmon Law has the resources and experience in the Watauga County Court system to help you protect your legal rights throughout this complex process.
Drug Related Felonies
- Sell or deliver controlled substances
- Furnishing controlled substances to an inmate
- Possession with intent to sell manufacture or deliver (PWIMSD) controlled substances (marijuana, Cocaine, MDMA, Pills, LSD, Heroin, Methamphetamine)
- Felony Possession of Controlled Substances
- Manufacturing Controlled Substances
- Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud
- Trafficking in Controlled Substances
- Conspiracy or Attempt
- Possession pre-cursor chemicals
- Maintaining a Dwelling/vehicle/place for controlled substance
Crimes against Property
- Breaking and Entering
- Larceny After Breaking and Entering
- Felony Larceny ($1,000 or more)
- Possession of stolen goods
- Financial card theft
- Damage to personal or real property
- Obtaining property by false pretense
- Identity theft
- Defacing a public building
Against a Person
- Assault inflicting serious bodily injury
- Assault inflicting physical injury by strangulation
- Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill
- Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury
- Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
- Discharging a firearm into occupied property or dwelling
- 1st and 2nd degree rape
- Statutory rape
- Indecent liberties with a child
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Larceny from the person
- Felony death by vehicle
- Voluntary Manslaughter
- Involuntary Manslaughter
- Felony flee to elude
- Obstruction of justice
- Possession firearm by felon
- Habitual Driving While Impaired
Felony charges need to be taken seriously. Felony charges are classified in classes with Class A being the most serious and Class I being the least serious. Some charges have strict laws for punishing repeat offenders. The state of North Carolina has a habitual felon law that increases punishment for certain repeat offenders. Certain felony charges can lead to consequences that include loss of citizenship rights such as voting, having a position in government office, and owning a firearm.
With District Attorneys seeking convictions, authorities may not always follow the laws set in place to protect your legal rights. Having a qualified attorney can help you conduct a full review of your case and determine if any of your rights were violated, ensuring that all evidence is admissible in court. Harmon Law is able to evaluate your case and identify information that is inapplicable in court, sometimes leading to reduced or dismissed charges.
Felony cases in North Carolina can sometimes be resolved by accepting a plea for a lesser misdemeanor offense or a guilty plea of a lower felony conviction. If your case cannot be resolved in District Court, prosecutors will submit an indictment to the grand jury to have your case moved into Superior Court.
There’s No Time to Delay
Contact a Criminal Lawyer in Boone
By hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in Boone, NC, you can increase your chances of having a lighter sentence or proving your innocence. Harmon Law is skilled in negotiation and can help you determine if your case has sufficient evidence for proving that you committed a felony. Having a felony on your criminal record is extremely serious and you do not want to appear in either District or Superior Court unprepared. Contact Harmon Law in Boone, North Carolina, to start the criminal defense that gives you the greatest chance for a successful outcome.