North Carolina Violent Crime Defense Lawyers
Violent crimes include everything from assault and battery to rape and homicide. If you are charged with a violent crime, your reputation, future, freedom, and even your life may be on the line. You face the possibility of years in prison and other potential punishment, including steep fines and loss of certain rights.
About Our Violent Crime Defense Lawyers
At Kurtz & Blum, our skilled attorneys take a collaborative approach to building a strong defense for our clients. Our legal team meets regularly to explore every angle of our clients’ cases so we can develop thoughtful and aggressive defense strategies.
We deploy every tool and resource at our disposal to challenge the accusations and evidence against our clients and negotiate to have charges dropped or reduced. And we won’t back down from a fight if going to trial is our client’s best option.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on violent crime charges, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Schedule a free consultation now with our Raleigh violent crime defense attorneys to discuss your case. We will thoroughly review the charges against you to ensure you understand what to expect from each likely scenario for the case. And everything you tell us is confidential.
Defenses Against Violent Crime Charges in North Carolina
No matter what criminal charges you face, prosecutors are required to prove each element of the alleged crime(s) in order to convict you. At Kurtz & Blum, our Raleigh violent crimes defense lawyers will thoroughly examine and challenge the prosecution’s theory of the case, as well as any evidence the state has against you.
A defense may be based on a variety of factors, such as:
- False accusations
- False witness testimony
- Self defense or defense of others
- Mistaken identity or a faulty suspect lineup
- An alibi, i.e., your ability to establish that you were somewhere else at the time of the alleged crime
- Faulty forensic testing methods and conclusions (particularly with DNA evidence or rape kits)
- Witness, police, or prosecution bias, e.g., racial, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
How Our Violent Crime Attorneys Can Help
Our goal as criminal defense lawyers when representing clients charged with serious violent crimes is to first evaluate whether we have a case with respect to guilt/innocence.
Next, we help our clients weigh the risks of trial against the potential for securing a plea arrangement that could prove beneficial to them. As long-time defense attorneys, we give our clients advice based on our years of knowledge and experience. But in the end, it’s always our client who decides whether to take their case to trial or accept a deal.
If a case moves toward trial, we continue on two tracks:
- Building a defense. As evidence is uncovered in our investigation and in discovery (obtaining the prosecution’s evidence and deposing witnesses) we may find help for your case due to:
- Flaws and/or contradictions in the prosecution’s case
- Prosecution witnesses who are unreliable
- Witnesses to testify in your favor
- Experts who can testify against the validity of the prosecution’s evidence
- Negotiating with prosecutors. A defendant can agree to a deal with prosecutors at any time before a jury returns its verdict. With our lengthy experience in Wake County courts, we have worked with many prosecutors to suggest alternative charges or come up with help for the defendant rather than punishment.
Regardless of the circumstances of your case, you should never agree to a plea deal without speaking to an experienced Raleigh violent crimes lawyer. Schedule a free consultation with our criminal defense law firm today to discuss your options, and let us put our knowledge to work for you.
What to Do After Being Charged With a Violent Crime in NC?
Violent crimes, or “crimes against the person,” are acts of force or bodily harm ─ or threats of force ─ against another person. Any unlawful touching of another person or the attempt to do so is assault under North Carolina law. Physical contact is not even necessary for you to be charged and, potentially, to be sentenced to as much as 60 days in jail for even a first simple assault conviction.
The single most important thing to keep in mind when charged with any violent crime is that you should not give a statement to police unless a criminal defense attorney is present to advise you. You have rights, including the right to a lawyer and to decline to answer questions — to remain silent.
When under arrest, it is best to remain calm and politely tell police that you want to speak to an attorney. Then, you should contact Kurtz & Blum as soon as possible.
Types of Violent Crime Cases We Handle
Our respected criminal defense law firm works with clients who have been charged with violent crimes such as:
- Child Abuse
- Simple Assault and Battery
- Assault by strangulation
- Gun or Weapons Violations
- Terroristic Threats
At Kurtz & Blum, we see many violent crime cases that stem from situations that “got out of hand” or moments of heated passion or emotion. Regardless of the reasons behind an incident, a violent crime allegation is serious and can lead to severe penalties, particularly if the alleged crime rises to the level of felony. It is a terrible mistake to face a violent crime charge without experienced legal representation. Let us help you.
What’s the Punishment for a Violent Crime in North Carolina?
Crimes in North Carolina are classified as felonies or misdemeanors according to the act and the severity of harm.
Misdemeanor Violent Crime Penalties
Misdemeanors are lesser crimes with less-severe penalties. North Carolina has four classes of misdemeanors with penalties ranging from 1 day to 5 months in prison.
Felony Violent Crime Penalties
Felonies such as homicide, rape, and assault with a deadly weapon are more serious crimes and carry the harshest penalties. North Carolina law recognizes 10 classes of felonies, for which penalties range from 3 months to life in prison, or death by lethal injection.
Prison sentences available to judges for felony convictions include “presumptive” sentences, as well as more or less time for aggravating or mitigating factors, respectively.
In addition, if you are convicted of a felony, you will lose your rights to:
- Own a gun
- Obtain public housing and other social services benefits
- Obtain or retain legal custody of your children, in some cases
- Be employed in certain fields
- Travel abroad to certain countries
Prosecutors in North Carolina work aggressively to convict defendants charged with violent crimes. If your rights and potentially your freedom are to be protected, you must obtain the services of an experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested.
Contact Our Raleigh Violent Crime Defense Attorneys Today
If you have been charged with a crime of violence in North Carolina, what you do next can have a serious impact on your future. You need a knowledgeable and understanding criminal defense lawyer to fight fiercely for you.
Schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with the experienced legal team at Kurtz & Blum today. Our Raleigh violent crime defense lawyers can answer any questions you have about serious charges such as assault, robbery, rape, or murder. Contact us for an honest assessment of your case.
Our North Carolina criminal defense law firm serves clients throughout Wake County, North Carolina. We frequently work with people in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Garner, Apex, Wake Forest, Rolesville, New Hope, 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.