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Winston-Salem Criminal Defense Lawyers

Although the United States Constitution says that you have legal rights, it often feels like the criminal defense system is stacked against you at every turn. Prosecutors seem like they have limitless budgets and resources that are all aimed at winning a conviction in your case, allowing them to move on to the next defendant. Many prosecutors seem like they want you to quickly plead guilty because they have large dockets, and they want to win the next conviction.

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WInston-Salem Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our clients are people, not case numbers

We treat our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

In this context, the criminal justice system can seem like a bleak place for any defendant. It can be if you try to tackle everything on your own. Up against a powerful system, you may not have much chance to fight the charges against you or obtain the best possible legal outcome. Although your legal rights are always in effect, you can protect them better when you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows when they are being violated and what you can do to stop it.

The Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

When you have been charged with any crime, you have a lot to consider. If you are convicted of the crime, there are many potential ramifications. Of course, your most immediate concern is your freedom, which can be on the line for a long period of time. Beyond that, a criminal conviction will have many other effects on your life and that of your family. Being convicted of certain crimes can affect your:

  • Ability to find a job or keep the one that you have
  • Ability to own a firearm
  • Custody case if you have children
  • Immigration status
  • Security clearance
  • Reputation

Whether you are dealing with a federal or state prosecutor, the deck may seem stacked against you from the start. However, your hope comes from hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Then, there is a far better chance that justice can prevail.

From the beginning of your criminal defense case, there are numerous critical points that demand the advice of an experienced attorney, including:

  • Whether bail is set and how much it is
  • Providing guidance when law enforcement tries to speak with you and ask you questions that could incriminate you
  • Whether to cooperate with law enforcement in the hopes of a lighter sentence
  • What to do when you are served with a search warrant

As your case progresses, things will only get more complicated. The prosecution has legal obligations that it needs to follow, including sharing with you all the evidence that it intends to use against you. As you prepare for trial, you would need to review this evidence and determine whether you have the legal ability to attack the prosecution’s case.

How an Attorney Can Help You Fight the Charges Against You

Criminal cases come down to the evidence. The prosecution needs to prove every single element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and they do this through physical evidence and witness testimony.

Seizing and using evidence is one area where prosecutors often violate the defendant’s constitutional rights. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits an illegal search or seizure. If you believe that evidence was illegally seized and is being used in your case, you can file a motion to suppress the evidence. Not only can the prosecutor not use that evidence, but a court would also throw out any evidence that is the “fruit of the poisonous tree.” First, you must know your legal rights and be ready to stand up when they are being violated, and that is exactly what a tough and experienced criminal defense attorney would do for you.

Your Options in a Winston-Salem Criminal Proceeding

Some defendants may find an opportunity to fight the charges that they are facing. Remember, it is the prosecutor who must do the work to prove their case, and your attorney can weaken their case by casting doubt. However, other defendants may decide that they are better off negotiating a plea deal because they do not want to take the risk of going to trial.

In any criminal defense case, you have choices as to how to proceed:

  • You can take your case to trial and fight the charges against you.
  • You can negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor for reduced charges or a lower sentence.

There is a wide range of potential outcomes in a criminal case. What you need to know is the full range of your legal options, which is why working with a skilled criminal defense lawyer is essential.

How a Winston-Salem Criminal Defense Attorney Helps You

A criminal defense attorney will do the following for you:

  • Explain your case to you and the charges that you are facing
  • Protect you and be present when law enforcement wants to speak to you (helping you decide whether you should even speak with them in the first place)
  • Speak to the prosecutor if there are any conversations to be had regarding a potential plea agreement
  • Investigate the facts of your case and determine how best to attack the prosecution’s case against you
  • Review the evidence that the prosecution will use and challenge evidence that was illegally obtained
  • Prepare your own defense for trial and present it to the jury
  • Get to know your own situation and story to help you understand how a potential conviction may affect your life
  • Give you a reality check that comes from someone with years of experience who has seen similar situations

For any criminal defendant, it helps to know that you have someone in your corner when it seems like the whole world is lined up against you. Although the criminal defense process is a high-stakes one, there is peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have an experienced lawyer working for you to help protect your legal rights. You cannot lose any time because that may lead to a worse outcome for you, so be sure to call today for a free case review.

Call a Winston-Salem Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you have been arrested or learned that you are being investigated for a potential criminal offense, you cannot delay in calling a lawyer. Every step you take now can determine your future, and one mistake could have extreme consequences. The attorneys at Graystar Legal will work with you every step of the way in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. Call us today or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.

FIRST OFFENDER PROGRAM

FIRST OFFENDER PROGRAM

If this is your first offense

you may be eligible for the First Offender program. This program may help you avoid a conviction and have your charges dismissed and possibly expunged from your record.

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The prosecutor’s job is to convict you. Our job is to protect your rights

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I pay for an attorney if the court will appoint one for free?

Public defenders are extremely busy and have very large caseloads, and they may not have as much time or bandwidth to devote to your case as a private attorney. In addition, a private attorney is often a former prosecutor who knows how to deal with them in negotiations.

What should I expect from an experienced criminal defense lawyer?

You should expect a commonsense and to-the-point practitioner who will get to know the facts of your case and apply them to a deep knowledge of the law.

Do I need a lawyer for a misdemeanor charge?

Even though misdemeanors are less serious than felony charges, do not think of them as not serious at all. There are still potential jail times and impacts affecting the rest of your life.

We’re with you every step of the way.

investigation

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Arrest

Defendant is charged.
Bond is set after the arrest and can be reviewed at any court hearing.
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first appearance

If convicted, the defendant will be sentenced by a judge.
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Probable cause hearing

Felony cases only.
Possible Grand Jury indictment.
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Trial

Misdemeanor cases are generally tried in District Court. Felonycases are presented in Superior Court.
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Sentencing

If convicted, the defendant will be sentenced by a judge.
outcome

Entry of plea

Plea negotiations and guilty pleas can happen any time before a verdict.

CONSEQUENCES of a criminal conviction

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Serving the GreensboroWinston-SalemLexingtonHigh Point Piedmont Triad Area

Here are the areas we serve and the criminal courts where your charges will be heard. The best thing you can do now is speak with a lawyer and get a free consultation.

Graystar Legal

Graystar Legal

  • 224 S Cherry St, STE C
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • 336-715-7250