The Criminal Defense Attorneys in North Carolina
Our attorneys aggressively defend cases in federal, state and municipal courts.
When you are charged with a crime, the most critical decision you make is who to hire as your criminal defense attorney. You need an attorney who you can trust to aggressively defend the charges against you and evaluate all defense options. Your lawyer must be candid and strong enough to tell you if you should take a plea offer. If your charges go to trial, you need an attorney who does much more than go through the motions; you need someone who will put on evidence, obtain evaluations, and fight for the judge’s sympathy. A good defense attorney can be the difference between prison and a not guilty verdict.
We have experience defending a wide array of criminal cases, including violent crimes, sex crimes, drug crimes, and fraud. Our attorneys regularly handle high-profile cases covered by the press.But no case is too small. We bring the same aggressive approach to misdemeanor charges. The same attorney who handles a multi-week federal fraud trial can be found defending a misdemeanor municipal trial the next week.
Criminal Defense Services
Have you been charged with a crime in the state of North Carolina? If so, the Raleigh criminal defense attorneys at Levinson Axford Law can help you face this difficult time in your life. North Carolina criminal charges can have long-lasting and severe impacts on your future- far beyond the threat of jail time. You may face hefty fines, loss of constitutional rights, long probationary periods, deportation, negative employment repercussions, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Sticking your head in the sand and letting the chips fall where they may is a recipe for disaster. You need to be proactive and find a criminal attorney to limit your exposure.
We understand the feeling of being alone with seemingly everyone against you when faced with serious violent crimes such as murder, manslaughter, assault, robbery or burglary. We also defend people charged with gang related crimes, organized crime offenses such as RICO 'Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; violations, racketeering, and money laundering.
Every tragedy is not a crime. Our message to our clients that are being charged with homicide and prosecutors in many such cases is: not every tragedy is a crime. Sometimes accidents happen, even if there was a murder involved. Ordinary people become entangled in situations which, from an outsider's point of view, may appear to warrant conviction and incarceration. Even when a client has done what is alleged, the situation may simply not warrant the criminal penalties proposed.
A murder defense attorney's primary job is to defend you against a powerful, organized, well-funded government. The reason criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty-the reason prosecutors have to prove homicide cases beyond a reasonable doubt-is because our justice system is set up with checks and balances. The primary balance against over-reaching government power is your murder attorney.
What that means for you is that we defend all clients-innocent or guilty of murder to the absolute best of our ability.
Sometimes accusations are falsely made, with different underlying motivations. North Carolina residents who have been charged with a sex crime including rape, molestation, sexual abuse, as well as sex-trafficking, or escort services should contact our team immediately to schedule an appointment.
From the time of the first consultation, our defense lawyers treat people accused of rape, criminal sexual assault, molestation, or any other type of criminal sexual conduct with discretion and sensitivity. Together, we will explore possible explanations for the charges, such as mistaken identity, revenge, misunderstanding, or hysterical responses born of stress. We will work with you to determine what evidence the prosecution has and to develop an effective defense.
Allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously and vigorously prosecuted in North Carolina. As soon as you find out that a complaint has been made against you or a no-contact order has been issued, you should immediately call our firm for counsel. When faced with serious allegations that could affect your freedom, reputation and civil rights, invest in the services of an experienced North Carolina criminal defense law firm. The stakes are extremely high when a domestic violence charge is filed against you regardless of whether it is a felony or misdemeanor. In addition to the normal potential for jail time, fines and probation with any criminal convictions, a domestic violence conviction (even a misdemeanor) can also result in:
Being charged with Arson is a serious offense in North Carolina. According to the state of North Carolina, 'arson in the first degree' is defined as knowingly and maliciously causing a fire or explosion that places others' lives in danger, damages a dwelling, involves a building or structure where someone is or will be present, or causes $10,000 or more in damage with the intent to collect insurance benefits on said damages. This offense is a class A felony, and a defendant may face up to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 if convicted.
"Arson in the second degree" in 9A.48.030 covers all other types of arson. offense is a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in a state correctional facility and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
Depending on the nature of the offense, a defendant may face up to life in prison and a fine of $50,000. At our firm, we offer highly experienced criminal lawyers who are ready, willing and able to stand up for our clients' rights in the face of arson charges. If you are under investigation by state or federal law enforcement agencies or have already been taken into custody, you will need to move quickly and exercise your right to legal counsel in order to challenge these charges.
Have you been charged with a drug crime in the state of North Carolina? The North Carolina drug crimes attorney you hire will have a direct effect on how much exposure you will have to jail, the amount of bail you will have to pay, and how well your rights will be protected throughout the entire process.
North Carolina aggressively prosecutes and punishes drug offenders, using all possible state and federal statutes. No matter what drug crime you have been accused of, the courts and the police must respect your Constitutional Rights. We examine every step of your arrest experience to find any possible weakness in how your arrest was handled. If there is any question of the legality of the search and seizure, if evidence was illegally gathered, or if there was no probable cause for the search to take place, Levinson Axford Law can and will use this information to vigorously defend your rights and fight for your freedom.