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Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your options. Whether you’re accused of a relatively minor offense or a serious felony, a conviction could land you in jail, cost you a great deal of time and money, scar you with a permanent criminal record, and ruin your reputation.

At Kurtz & Blum, our knowledgeable Raleigh criminal defense attorneys have more than half a century of combined legal experience handling complex criminal cases. We are known for giving clients a straightforward assessment of their case and crafting a strategic approach to their defense.

How Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help You

You can count on our strong team of seasoned defense attorneys to:

  • Listen to your side of the story and understand where you’re coming from
  • Exploit weaknesses while recognizing strengths in the evidence
  • Investigate whether procedural mistakes were made that could impact your case
  • Negotiate aggressively at every opportunity to have charges reduced or dropped before trial
  • Advise you as to the best way to proceed in court
  • Skillfully advocate for you before a judge and jury if going to trial is your best option
  • Use every tool in our arsenal to negotiate a deal with the prosecutor if a trial is not in your best interests

Don’t make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced defense attorney or trying to represent yourself in any type of criminal law matter. The prosecution will not take you seriously or go easy on you.

Contact our skilled Raleigh criminal defense lawyers today to schedule a free consultation, and let us map out a smart legal strategy for you.

Types of Crimes a Criminal Lawyer Can Help Defend

Our dedicated team of Raleigh criminal lawyers takes a collaborative approach to the cases we handle. Because the circumstances and evidence in each criminal case are unique, our attorneys often discuss all the elements as a team to ensure we are exploring your case from every angle and developing a thoroughly crafted defense strategy.

This team approach has allowed us to achieve successful outcomes for clients charged with various felony and misdemeanor crimes, including but not limited to:

Some of the common types of property crime cases our attorneys handle include burglary, vandalism, breaking and entering, larceny, and arson.

Our dedicated criminal defense lawyers represent people accused of robbery, assault, domestic violence, vehicular manslaughter murder, gun or weapons violations, child abuse, and other violent crimes.

Our litigators have successfully resolved white-collar cases involving alleged embezzlement, obtaining property by false pretenses, and various types of fraud.

Our understanding team helps defendants tell their side of the story in sex crimes cases involving rape, statutory sex offenses, taking indecent liberties with children, child exploitation, child pornography, and other offenses.

We have successfully fought all types of drug charges, including possession, manufacture, and trafficking of a controlled substance (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, etc.)

Whether this is your first, second, or subsequent DWI charge, our DWI attorneys can review all your options and identify a strategy for moving forward.

We help drivers fight tickets over speeding, moving violations, hit-and-run accidents, driving with a revoked license, stop sign violations, and other traffic offenses. We also represent clients at related DMV hearings.

Our defense attorneys can also advise you on expungement or expunction, the process of clearing your criminal record.

No matter how seemingly simple or overwhelmingly complex your case is, you should take the time to consult with our knowledgeable Raleigh criminal defense lawyers. We do not charge anything for an initial consultation, so you risk nothing by setting up a meeting with us and learning about your options. Call or contact us online to get started.

Testimonial:

Kurtz & Blum was very helpful when my son needed a ridiculous misdemeanor charge expunged from his record in his late teens. Violette, Durham, NC

Review by: violetteb
Reviewing:Criminal Defense Legal Services
Date published:2012
Rating: ★★★★★5 / 5 stars

 

Criminal Defense FAQs

Criminal Defense

What should I expect from a criminal defense attorney?

Answer:

First, you should expect to be completely informed about your criminal charge, the possible defenses and the different methods of resolving your case in criminal court. No attorney can give a guarantee how your case will be concluded. At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, we work to make sure our clients understand exactly what is happening and all the potential legal ramifications of their charges.

Second, you should expect that your attorney understands the law and the idiosyncrasies of the individual judicial district in which you have been charged. North Carolina criminal law is uniform across the state, but every district attorney’s office is a little different. Because our attorneys limit their practice to a few counties, we know those courthouses inside and out. Plus, with five criminal law attorneys, you have the experience and professionalism of the entire Kurtz & Blum, PLLC team working for you.

Can I go to jail or prison?

Answer:

It depends on the type of crime and your criminal history. North Carolina law has specific rules about who can receive jail time and who can only receive lesser punishments such as probation or fines.

What if this is just a misdemeanor charge? Can’t I plead guilty?

Answer:

Of course you can. But there may be other ways to resolve the case that would be much better for you. Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor will damage your criminal record forever. A well-informed attorney can sometimes eliminate that damage, reduce it, or even prevent you from paying high fines or going to jail for it. Remember that in North Carolina, almost every criminal conviction lasts forever. If you are convicted of even a simple misdemeanor crime of trespass, it will stay on your record and follow you for the rest of your life.

Plus, even misdemeanor crimes can have serious consequences. You will have to admit to being convicted of a crime on every future job application. Conviction of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense can prevent you from ever legally owning a gun of any kind for any reason. Conviction of a misdemeanor drug offense can prevent you from receiving federal grants to attend college.

What if I’m not sure I want to hire an attorney?

Answer:

That’s fine. The only way to be sure is to talk with an attorney. At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, we offer free consultations. You can call and make an appointment to speak with our experienced criminal law attorneys. At that appointment, the attorney will discuss the case with you, explain the law and give you an idea of the various possible resolutions.

Why should my old criminal record matter? My old charges were a long time ago – they won’t count against me, will they?

Answer:

At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, we work hard to mitigate (lessen the negative effects) any previous criminal record. We understand that family difficulties, drug addiction, youth and inexperience and even mental illness can play a part in a person’s past. We believe that it is important to show the judge who you are NOW – not who you were then.

Can’t I just go into the courtroom and talk directly to the prosecutor?

Answer:

Sure you can. The prosecutor or assistant district attorney will be happy to talk with you about your criminal charge. His life is easier if he doesn’t have to deal with criminal defense attorneys who are going to demand that your Constitutional rights are respected. It is his job to speak against you, not for you. He is not your ally. You might tell him information that you have the right not to say, and he will not warn you. You may tell him evidence that he can use against you, and he will. If you are not well-informed about your rights and North Carolina law, you should have someone there to protect you and guide you. Only a defense attorney will have your best interests at heart. That is our job.

Why do your services cost more than some other attorneys I’ve talked to?

Answer:

It’s true that we’re not the cheapest attorneys in town. You are paying for experience, knowledge, and stability. Kurtz & Blum, PLLC has three office locations and five criminal law attorneys. Combined, our attorneys have more than thirty years experience between them. They know the law – not only North Carolina law – but the vast differences of how cases are handled in each of the counties. With multiple attorneys working together, there will always be an attorney available to work on your case if an emergency occurs – one who can answer your questions and handle your concerns. If your attorney works alone, what will happen to your case when he is out sick or on vacation? What will happen if he has an emergency?

Kurtz & Blum, PLLC is a solid presence in North Carolina. We have the benefit of a larger firm with multiple attorneys, a helpful, knowledgeable staff and a solid reputation in the courts but we still maintain the personal attention and care for our clients that are often lost in giant firms. Some things are simply worth the extra money…especially when you consider what is at stake.

Has the attorney handled a case like mine before?

Answer:

At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, our criminal law attorneys have handled charges from misdemeanor possession of marijuana to first degree murder and most everything in-between. We have litigation experience in multiple counties and in federal court. Chances are good that we’ve handled a charge like yours before, even though the details of each particular case differ greatly from client to client. Best of all, when you retain our services, you are getting the benefit of the experience of the entire team. We routinely discuss strategies and debate the nuances of the law in order to narrow in on a particular issue and prepare for trial or negotiation with the ADA.

The police officer said she would tell the judge I was cooperative – will that help?

Answer:

Maybe. However, in some counties and in some courtrooms, the arresting officer won’t even be present unless your case is called for trial. At Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, we’ll do the necessary investigation on the case to make sure that any favorable witnesses are called.

Can you give me a price quote over the phone?

Answer:

For simple traffic matters, like speeding, seatbelt violations and accident tickets, we can probably quote you a price for legal services right over the phone. However, for criminal charges that are more serious, we prefer to meet with you in person. This is because there are many variations involved with each case, and we base our fee depending on how your individual case should be handled and how much work will be involved. We prefer not to get into the personal details about your case over the phone if at all possible to try to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

Our initial consultation is free and you are under no obligation when you come to any of our three offices. Just remember to bring any paperwork with you, for example a copy of the charge or warrant and any conditions of release paperwork from the jail. Call our officer to arrange an appointment that fits your schedule.

What’s the difference between a dismissal and an expungement?

Answer:

A dismissal is when the prosecutor decides to drop the case. Sometimes a dismissal comes after the assistant district attorney reviews the evidence and decides that the case is not strong enough or not worthy or prosecution. Other times, a dismissal is a reward for performing community service or attending abuser treatment classes or drug treatment. If you have a case dismissed, someone may still be able to find out about that case. If an employer does a criminal background check, your record will show that you were charged but that the case was dismissed. Remember: If a case is dismissed against you there is NO criminal conviction.

An expungement is when all traces of the charge are erased. The court records are supposed to be destroyed as are any records that the police have. North Carolina law typically allows one expungement per lifetime. If other cases are later dismissed, evidence of those dismissals will show up on your record.

What to Do If You’re Arrested in North Carolina?

Being arrested and booked into jail is a terrifying experience. Although the system is supposed to give you the presumption of innocence, it usually doesn’t feel that way. Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will make it sound like they have all the evidence in the world against you, but don’t fall for their tricks. Know your rights!

  1. You should be respectful and polite to law enforcement officers. No matter how they act toward you, try to keep your cool and stay quiet. Never resist arrest.
  2. You should not give a statement to the police. You should only share the basic information needed for your booking paperwork, such as your name, address, and phone number.
  3. You should ask for a lawyer immediately. You can continue to repeat this any time an officer asks you for additional information about what happened.
  4. You should take mental notes on everything that is happening. Try to remember who may have witnessed your arrest, what police officers said to you, and the overall timeline of how events unfolded. If you can, write down the officers’ names and badge numbers.

One of the first calls you or a loved one should make after an arrest is to an experienced North Carolina criminal defense lawyer. There are many opportunities between the time you are arrested and the time your case is set to go to trial for a skilled defense attorney to intervene and negotiate on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to get the straightforward legal advice you need from an experienced attorney.

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a
Raleigh Criminal Attorney?

One of the first questions many people ask when they call our law firm is: “How much does it cost to hire a criminal attorney?”At Kurtz & Blum, that will depend on the circumstances of your case. We accept criminal cases on a flat-fee basis, and we frequently work out payment plans with our clients. We also accept credit cards.

Ultimately, we believe that no one should go to jail just because they couldn’t afford a high-quality defense attorney. Still, many people consider handling a case on their own or trusting a low-priced but inexperienced defense attorney. We ask you to consider this: With all that you have on the line, can you afford not to hire us?

Talk to Our Dedicated Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorneys Now

When your future is hanging in the balance after an arrest, you need a knowledgeable and understanding criminal defense lawyer who can walk you through what to expect and fight fiercely for your rights. Schedule a free consultation with the experienced legal team at Kurtz & Blum today. We can answer any questions you have, with no obligation to you.

Our North Carolina criminal defense law firm serves clients throughout Wake County, North Carolina. We frequently work with people in Apex, Wake Forest, Raleigh, Rolesville, New Hope, Cary, Holly Springs, Garner, Zebulon, Knightdale, Wendell, Morrisville, and Fuquay-Varina. Our team will also travel anywhere in the state to help clients who are facing serious felony charges.

Contact us today for an honest assessment of your case.

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