Locust, North Carolina Criminal Lawyers

Kristen Dewar
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(704) 312-2239 145 Union St. S.
Ste. 109
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal, DWI, Landlord Tenant and Traffic Tickets
Charlotte School of Law
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Kristen has a Honors B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a J.D. and Certificate in Criminal Advocacy from Charlotte School of Law. Kristen has a passion for details and trivia - she brings that same passion to each client she zealously represents. Her focus is on criminal defense, traffic, and landlord/tenant.
Kimberly Olsinski Esq.
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(704) 918-4747 101 Cabarrus Ave E
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Concord, NC 28025
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Hofstra University
Kimberly Olsinski received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in History and Sociology from the College of William and Mary, where she completed her degree in three years. She attended Hofstra University School of Law, where she graduated in the top fourteen percent of her class. At Hofstra, she participated in the Law Reform clinic, and was an editor of the Labor and Employment Law Journal. Mrs. Olsinski has completed a ten-day intensive seminar emphasizing effective trial advocacy techniques.

While in law school, Mrs. Olsinski worked for the legal department of a big insurance company. Upon graduating, she switched sides and...
Laura M. Cobb, Esq.
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(704) 918-4747 101 Cabarrus Ave
Suite 100
Concord, NC 28025
Free ConsultationConcord, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Wake Forest University and Vanderbilt University Law School
Laura Cobb was born in Jackson, Tennessee but grew up in McLean, Virginia and Marietta, Georgia. After a lifelong love of the sciences, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biology. After college she spent four years at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University performing microbiology research during which time she became a published author of two scientific articles on pseudomonas aeruginosa and bordetella bronchiseptica.

In 2006 Laura entered Wake Forest University School of Law and was granted the law Dean's Scholarship. While at Wake Forest, Laura excelled academically in all areas, but she particularly...
Darrin M Gamradt
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer
(704) 787-9387 24 Cabarrus Avenue East
Suite 1100
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal, DWI, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Wake Forest University School of Law
Attorney Darrin Gamradt is a Concord criminal defense lawyer who focuses his practice on DUI charges, as well as cases involving juvenile crimes, drug crimes, theft crime, white collar crimes, and more. Beyond his criminal practice, he is also able to help injured workers who are dealing with workers’ compensation claims. As a Minnesota native, Darrin first attended high school at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, where he was proud to win both a state and national championship as a member of the debate team. Following graduation, he earned a presidential scholarship and moved to Winston-Salem, NC...
Justin C. Olsinski Esq.
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(704) 918-4747 Suite B
Concord, NC 28025
Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
Criminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Laura M. Baker
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(704) 669-8165 145 Union Street S.
Suite 105
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Education:
Emory University (BA in Political Science, 2002)
Campbell University (J.D., 2007)
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Professional Memberships:
North Carolina State Bar
Judicial District 19A Bar
North Carolina Bar Association
North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association)

Family:
Married to fellow attorney and former law partner: Luke Baker
Two children: Garrett and Audrey
Two dogs: Phoebe and...
David O'Bryan
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Kannapolis, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(704) 770-1562 2016 Concord Lake Rd, Suite 1
Kannapolis, NC 28083
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Laura Ardrey Schmidt
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer
(704) 782-0911 135 Union Street South
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Collections and Traffic Tickets
aura is a member of the 20045 graduating class of Clemson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Laura attended Campbell University's Norman A. Wiggins School of Law and graduated in 2010. While in law school, Laura excelled academically, which earned her a spot on the Campbell Law Review and on the competition Trial Team. As a member of the Trial Team, Laura competed in nation competitions against the best and brightest law students from around the country. Upon, graduation, Laura was inducted into the Order of Old Kivett for excellence in national trial competitions while...
David H Black
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Attorney
(704) 788-3900 47 Union Street North
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal, Business, DWI and Divorce
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Taylor Laumann
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer
(704) 720-0595 P.O. Box 542
964 Copperfield Blvd.
Concord, NC 28026
Criminal, Estate Planning, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Campbell Law School
Marc Joyner
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Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(704) 312-2239 325 McGill Ave NW #514
Concord, NC 28027
Criminal, Business and Landlord Tenant
University of Miami School of Law
Concord, NC Criminal Law Attorney
(704) 784-8404 400 Church St N
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal and DWI
Kannapolis, NC Criminal Law Attorney
(704) 932-4144 1461 Dale Earnhardt Blvd
Kannapolis, NC 28083
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Concord, NC Criminal Law Lawyer
(704) 788-3142 29 Church St SE
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Concord, NC Criminal Law Attorney
(704) 786-5115 20 Cabarrus Ave E
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal and DWI
Concord, NC Criminal Law Attorney
(704) 795-9200 113 Cabarrus Ave E
Concord, NC 28025
Criminal and DWI
Lance Williams
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(704) 215-4242 7005 Shannon Willow Rd
Charlotte, NC 28226
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Lance is a graduate of the Charlotte School of Law. He spent 12 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Harvey, LA. During his tenure there he worked in the Street Crimes Division as well as being a Team Leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. During law school, Lance interned at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. Lance is certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (24 hour training) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (16 hour training) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
J. Bradley Smith Esq.
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(704) 370-2828 200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Criminal, Civil Rights, DWI and Traffic Tickets
Mercer University
Mr. Smith has lived in Charlotte for most of his life. He is a graduate of Charlotte Country Day School and North Carolina State University. He received his law degree from Mercer University where he was a member of the Dean’s List and President of the Federalist Society. Mr. Smith began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney for the 26th District in Mecklenburg County, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor cases. In 2006, Mr. Smith entered private practice, focusing primarily on criminal defense. Over the course of his career, he has represented clients charged with everything...
Bill Powers
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(877) 462-3841 211 N Main St
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Monroe, NC 28112
Free ConsultationMonroe, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Campbell University
Charlotte NC "Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense: General Practice"
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Gael Gilles
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(980) 272-8438 725 East Trade Street Suite 215
Charlotte, NC 28202
Free ConsultationCharlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
Criminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Charlotte School of Law
Gael Gilles is the founding attorney of Gilles Law, PLLC in Charlotte, NC. Gael is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Gael is also admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in North Carolina and South Carolina. He handles criminal defense including sex crimes, drug crimes, and federal crimes, handling both felonies and misdemeanors. Gael decided to pursue a career as an attorney in order to help people in need that might not otherwise have had an opportunity for valuable legal advice. Gael is of Haitian descent and speaks French and Creole. Gael is married...
Patrick Michael Megaro
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(704) 750-2655 15720 Brixham Hill Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28277
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DWI and White Collar Crime
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
For more information on my biography please email me directly at pmegaro@appealslawgroup.com
Ronald Lawrence Frey II
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(844) 766-3739 525 North Tryon St., Suite #1600
Charlotte, NC 28202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Cleveland State University
If you are charged with a criminal offense and require aggressive representation, please contact Charlotte, North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney Ron Frey of The Frey Law Firm, PLLC at (844) 766-3739 for a free consultation. Please visit us on the web at http://www.FreyLegal.com
Mr. Tracy T Hatcher
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(704) 248-2743 130 N. McDowell Street
Suite D
Charlotte, NC 28204
Criminal and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Attorneys providing zealous legal representation with a thorough attention to detail. Our attorneys will not stop fighting to receive the best possible outcome in your case. Representing those in need of an attorney in all criminal defense matters in Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, and Monroe, North Carolina. Whether you need legal representation in a speeding ticket or other traffic tickets, or if your need to consult with a lawyer in more serious criminal misdemeanors or felony(s), the Hatcher Law Office can assist you. We understand the serious nature of being charged with a criminal offense. We have impeccable experience and success...
Sherrod Seward
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(704) 500-2045 222 S. Church St
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28202
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Entertainment & Sports and International
Cleveland State University
An experienced lawyer with a passion for criminal defense, entertainment law, & and immigration, as well as an extensive background in global business; Sherrod knew as a child that his path in life would lead him to be active on a national and international level.

Sherrod is a go to resource for persons facing felony changes for drug charges, weapons violations, and removal proceedings in immigration. Sherrod is also a go to resource for athletes, entertainers, and media companies from all over the World for business issues.

Sherrod has been immersed in different cultures as early as elementary school; learning...
Ronnie D. Crisco Jr., Esq.
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(704) 370-2828 200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Criminal, Business, DWI and Divorce
University of North Carolina School of Law
Born and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Ronnie Crisco is a proud alumnus of A.L. Brown High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies. In 2002, he received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Crisco competed nationally as a member of the UNC Mock Trial Team, assisted indigent clients through the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, and served as editor on the UNC Journal of Law and Technology.

Mr. Crisco is a Board Certified Specialist in Family...
Jason David Witt
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Monroe, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(704) 493-6851 110 E Jefferson St
Monroe, NC 28112
Criminal, DWI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Wake Forest University School of Law
Dustin S.  McCrary
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Mooresville, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(704) 593-6688 181 N Main St
Suite 218
Mooresville, NC 28115
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
North Carolina Central University
Divorce is tough. There’s no way around it. Divorce is stressful, intensely emotional, and overwhelming. It is the perfect storm of problems, from determining child custody arrangements, divvying up assets, and untangling previously tangled lives.

There’s where I come in. I’m Dustin McCrary, a divorce lawyer focusing on the needs of divorce and separation, child custody, child support, alimony and spousal support, property distribution, and domestic violence. And I’m here to help.

My clients would tell you that I have the natural ability to put them at ease. I have a calming presence and genuinely care about every person I meet. I’m...
Ryan M. Stowe
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Salisbury, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(704) 856-9502 130 W Kerr Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
North Carolina Central University School of Law
I’m from Salisbury and I’m proud to practice law in my hometown! I am the principal attorney at The Polaris Law Firm. I focus my practice on traffic violations, criminal law, intellectual property, and expungements. While in law school at North Carolina Central University School of Law, I served as the President of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society. Within the legal profession, I strive to be a “social engineer” for his community. As stated by Charles Hamilton Houston, “A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society A social engineer [is] a highly...
Robert J. Reeves
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(704) 351-7979 301 South McDowell Street
Suite 814
Charlotte, NC 28204
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of South Carolina School of Law
At Robert J. Reeves P.C., our attorneys focus on serious personal injury accidents (automobile, motorcycle, tractor trailer), workers' compensation, DUI and DWI, and divorce cases. We can help clients in both South Carolina and North Carolina. We are experienced trial lawyers who are willing to do whatever it takes for our clients. In addition, every client has our personal cell phone number and direct email address. As a result, you can reach us directly when you need answers, even after hours or on the weekend.

-Robert J. Reeves is a seasoned trial attorney with over 29 years of litigation experience in...
Wendy Smith
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Archdale, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(336) 861-3026 188 Baker Rd.
Archdale, NC 27263
Criminal and Family
After a failed marriage of 26 years, 5 children and a two year custody battle; I knew becoming a family lawyer was my dream.

I have been a nurse since 1991, I spent the first years of my career delivering babies at Forsyth Hospital. After 5 years, I discovered that I really wanted to be at home with my children and I started a Nursing Triage Company that now operates in almost 1/2 of the United States.

I had the perfect life, a company that was successful and allowed me to be a mom. Then; my life was turned upside...
Ryan Smith
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(704) 552-4444 1800 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
West Virginia University College of Law
I love competition and thrive on being a trial lawyer. I'm known as the 'DWI Guy' and 100% own it. It's what I do. I'm in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame as my colleagues voted me as North Carolina's Top Criminal Law Attorney in 2016. I appreciate all the awards and recognition, from serving on Law Review to Business NC's Top 30 Under 30, to Super Lawyers, to the National Trial Lawyer's Top 40 Under 40, but it's helping people that makes me truly happy.

What will become clear after speaking with me?

[1] I'm direct and...
Michael S. Litrenta
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(704) 800-4220 6000 Fairview Rd, Suite 1200
Charlotte, NC 28210
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DWI and White Collar Crime
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Attorney Michael Litrenta brings the unique experience of working for years as both a prosecutor and then as a defense attorney. He has worked in multiple different state and federal courts on a variety of different matters.

Bringing extensive courtroom experience to Litrenta Law, Michael knows the best offense is always a good defense. He is a dedicated advocate for his clients and has won Avvo’s Client’s Choice Award. Attorney Litrenta is committed to listening and understanding each of his client’s needs and is determined to secure the best outcome possible.

Attorney Litrenta began his career as a prosecutor before he transitioned...
Adam M. Seifer
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(704) 512-0606 2319 Crescent Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of Illinois College of Law
I have represented clients with diverse legal needs, ranging from those who are accused of serious crimes including Driving While Impaired (DWI) to more serious felonies and who face the loss of liberty if convicted. A large part of my practice focuses on the defense of those who have been accused of committing crimes, especially those accused of DWI/DUI and I have been recognized in this industry by both peers and clients as achieving great results for my clients. I zealously fight to protect his clients’ statutory and Constitutional rights and try to ensure that they do not get...
Daniel A. Hatley
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(704) 969-5194 1300 South Blvd.
Suite K
Charlotte, NC 28203
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
www.iticket.law - Powered by Hatley Law Office Daniel "Dan" Hatley opened the Law Office of Daniel A. Hatley in April of 2009 and has been helping drivers navigate the tangled web of traffic law ever since. Mr. Hatley is a consummate negotiator and advocate, whether working in the Courts or behind the scenes in one of his many non-profit endeavors. As a member of the Millennial Generation, Dan understood intuitively the advantages that technology could bring to the provision of legal services. As a native of the State of North Carolina, he also understood that people highly value honest...
Bradley Hodgins
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Wadesboro, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(704) 694-4004 119A N Greene St.
PO Box 221
Wadesboro, NC 28170
Criminal, DWI and Traffic Tickets
University of North Carolina School of Law

Whether you have been charged with a traffic infraction or are being accused of a major felony, you need someone whose first concern is your best interests. With Brad K. Hodgins, Attorney at Law, you can rest assured that your case will be thoroughly reviewed. Our law offices in Wadesboro, North Carolina are conveniently located directly across the street from the courthouse. Brad knows that no case is minor if it is your case. You can count on Brad to handle your case with the personal attention you deserve. Feel free to to learn more about how Brad...
Carol Huffman Kendrick
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MONROE, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(704) 283-1529 340 West Morgan St.
P.O. Box 1008
MONROE, NC 28111
Criminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Wake Forest University School of Law
Carol Huffman Kendrick was born and raised in Monroe, NC. She graduated from Monroe High School before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Carolina, she attended law school at Wake Forest University and received her law degree in 1996. Since 1996, she has practiced law in Monroe, NC and has served thousands of clients in Union, Anson, Stanly and Richmond Counties. Ms. Kendrick has a wide-ranging practice, helping clients in the following areas: criminal defense, Driving While Impaired (DWI), traffic, personal injury, wills, estate administration, and family law....
Samuel Randall IV
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(980) 237-4579 2125 Southend Drive
Suite 253
Charlotte, NC 28203
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
California Western School of Law
Since 1998, Samuel J. Randall, IV has built a solid reputation among his peers, adversaries and the judiciary in Southeastern North Carolina as an aggressive and skilled criminal defense lawyer and advocate for his clients. Mr. Randall has represented hundreds of clients in criminal defense matters in the Federal and State courts of North Carolina. Mr. Randall's clients have been accused of every crime in the book, ranging from the most serious of matters, such as First Degree Murder and Drug Trafficking to lesser charges such as Shoplifting, and Traffic Violations. Mr. Randall handles criminal matters in State and...
Jaylene Trivino
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(704) 413-1344 1811 Sardis Road North
Suite 207
Charlotte, NC 28270
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Florida Coastal School of Law
Born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Jaylene Trivino graduated from Monmouth University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. After spending some time working for a fortune-500 corporation as an administrative assistant, and dabbling in some marketing and sales, Ms. Trivino decided to attend law school so she could better serve and help the people in her community.

Ms. Trivino attended Florida Coastal School of Law, and graduated with pro bono honors and a certificate in Research, Writing and Drafting. The Public Defender’s Office in Tampa, Florida, is where Ms. Trivino received...
Valerie M. Hein Hunter
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(704) 412-1442 10130 Mallard Creek Rd
Suite 319
Charlotte, NC 28262
Criminal, DWI, Divorce and Family
Valerie grew up in Alabama and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her undergraduate studies, Valerie became interested in the study and practice of law. She went on to attend the Charlotte School of Law, where she served as the president of the Trial Advocacy Board and had the opportunity to try cases in front of attorneys and judges across the country. Valerie has furthered her experience in the practice of law through her work with the nationally recognized Cochran Firm; and she has gained perspective from the bench by clerking...
James Exum
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Charlotte, NC Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(704) 332-5583 301 S McDowell St
Ste 310
Charlotte, NC 28204
Free ConsultationCriminal, DWI and Personal Injury
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
James J. Exum studied Juris Doctor (Law) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 1990.
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.