Criminal Defense

Whether it’s a federal crime, or a felony, a misdemeanor, or a traffic offense under state law, a conviction can have a serious impact on your life.  The criminal court system can be confusing, intimidating, and even frightening.  Right now, you may be feeling uncertainty as to where to turn.  You need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who is dedicated to providing you with the one-on-one attention you deserve to ensure that you understand all of your options and who will leave no stone unturned to achieve the best result possible under the unique facts of your particular case.

When it comes to a federal charge, the stakes are high and having a knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated criminal defense lawyer on your side is crucial.  A federal conviction will almost always result in jail time followed by years of restrictive supervised release during which you will be supervised by a probation officer and will be required to submit to warrantless searches and drug testing.

A felony conviction under state law can also have devastating consequences.  You need a criminal defense attorney on your side with the knowledge, experience, and dedication necessary to helping you avoid or minimize those consequences.  At worst, a felony conviction can result in jail time followed by a nine or twelve month period of post-release supervision during which you would be required to submit to supervision by a probation officer and would be subject to warrantless searches and drug testing.  At best, you will be looking at supervised probation, which often last for three years during which you would be supervised by a probation officer and be required to submit to warrantless searches and drug testing.  Time and money would be lost in reporting to your probation officer and paying supervision fees and you may also be required to attend and pay for a court-ordered class such as a drug education program.

Misdemeanor convictions can also have serious consequences.  A misdemeanor conviction can carry jail time.  If you don’t get jail time, you will likely be placed on probation, which typically lasts for eighteen to twenty-four months.  As part of your probation, you could be required to spend time and money performing community service and paying a community service fee or attending and paying for court-ordered drug, domestic violence, driving, or other education classes.  If your probation is supervised, which is often the case, you would also be required to submit to supervision by a probation officer and be subject to warrantless searches and drug testing.  You would also be required to spend time and money reporting to your probation officer and paying supervision fees.  You need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side who is dedicated to helping you minimize or altogether avoid these consequences.

A criminal record can cause problems in many areas of your life, including potential employment, personal relationships, and even where you are able to live.  A conviction for a federal crime will stay on your record forever and, with very limited exceptions, so will a felony or misdemeanor conviction.  An accused is often at a disadvantage in the criminal court system.  Prosecutors have the benefit of your tax dollars in building and presenting their case against you.  The sad reality is that people sometimes plead guilty to crimes that are worse than what they actually committed or receive a sentence that is more severe than what they should receive under the law.  In some cases, people are even convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.  You need a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who is dedicated to helping you avoid a criminal record or an excessive and unwarranted conviction or punishment.

A traffic charge can also have a significant impact on your life if not handled properly.  Although some might think traffic charges are simple and do not result in serious consequences, traffic law is actually one of the more complicated areas of law and is fraught with unforeseen pitfalls, particularly if you already have convictions on your record.  If not handled by a criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of traffic law and experience in traffic court, a traffic charge can result in a significant increase in the costs of your insurance or even the loss of your privilege to drive.  In addition, going to court yourself, instead of hiring a lawyer to go for you, will cause you to lose time from work or other important matters as a result of being kept waiting in court, for what could be the better part of the day, for your case to be called.  You need a criminal defense lawyer with knowledge of traffic law, and experience in traffic court, to help you avoid or minimize the serious consequences that can result from a traffic conviction.

Contact David Burgess Law immediately if you are facing criminal charges in Charlotte. You may reach us at (704) 377-9800 or fill out the form on our website.