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What Is the Criminal Process in North Carolina?

Counsel from a Skilled Greenville Criminal Lawyer

When you are charged with a crime, one of the very first concerns that comes to your mind may be the criminal process. What should you expect? Will you spend time in jail? Do you need to post bail? These are all important questions that should be answered by a qualified lawyer who can carefully assess your situation.

However, there is a basic criminal process that takes place in North Carolina. Whether you have been charged with shoplifting or DUI, you can expect to go through a majority of these steps. Let our Greenville criminal defense attorneys guide you through the process!

What You Need to Expect

At Burch Law office, we have been helping clients navigate their criminal cases for countless years. We know how overwhelming and frustrating this time can be, which is why our legal team is here to provide the counsel you need to get you through each step.

The following will likely be involved in your case:

  • Investigation and/or arrest
  • Release on your own recognizance or post bail
  • Arraignment or preliminary (where you enter a plea)
  • Plea bargaining with prosecution (if you choose this option)
  • Criminal trial, which includes cross-examination, witness testimony, etc.
  • Sentencing hearing

While you may think that you will either simply explain your innocence to the judge or accept your charges, neither of these are a good option. Even if you have a solid alibi, you will need to present it correctly and convincingly in court to effectively get your charges dropped or your case dismissed. There have been many instances of over-zealous prosecutors finding "evidence" to charge and convict completely innocent individuals.

On the other hand, instead of just pleading guilty to your charges and accepting your fate, you should always consult with a lawyer. Why? Even if the evidence is stacked against you, an attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain, get crucial evidence dropped, or even work out a deal for alternative sentencing with the judge.

Don't have to face the criminal process alone - contact our firm for a free consult.

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Burch Law Office - Greenville Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Phone: (252) 200-3977 | Local Phone: (252) 830-5291.