Violent crimes carry very harsh penalties because they are crimes against people. These crimes often include very specific forms of evidence, such as DNA, that are difficult to dispute. This doesn't mean that we can't build a defense against the charges, but it does mean that we will need to look carefully into the possible strategies that can be used.
In some cases, such as first-degree murder charges, which can result in the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole in North Carolina, the possible penalties are very harsh. These are the very cases that require us to look into every piece of evidence carefully to determine if there is a way that we can cast doubt onto it. Looking into how it was collected, how it was handled and the manner in which it was processed or tested are all points that we might call into question.
We understand that you have a lot at stake. Your life might hang in the balance. We can't take the charges away or make them disappear, but we can help you to learn the options that you have for your defense.
If you know that the case against you is strong, you might wonder if you can enter into a plea agreement. We will look into that possibility and let you know what options are available to you. Of course, you don't have to accept a plea agreement. If one isn't made or if it isn't suitable, we can move forward with preparing your case for trial.