Being charged with a crime is a major event in anyone's life. The consequences of a criminal conviction can have a major impact on your life for years to come: scrutiny from educational institutions, potential employers and even neighbors, long-term repercussions on your ability to obtain a driver's license or seek a job in certain fields. At Gottholm, Ralston & Benton, PLLC, our Taylorsville and Statesville criminal defense attorneys understand what is on the line each and every time we step into a criminal court room, and we understand our role is to protect our client's rights and future.
If you anticipate criminal charges will be filed against you, are the subject of a criminal investigation or have been requested to conduct a voluntary interview with a law enforcement agency, consider seeking legal advice immediately.
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- DWI/drunk driving: We can protect your rights in criminal court and help you retain your license if you are facing your first or a subsequent DWI conviction.
- Traffic violations: We will work to protect your rights and driving privileges after you have received your traffic ticket.
- Drug charges: We will aggressively defend you against all drug offenses, including possession or distribution.
- Domestic violence: If you have been charged with assault on a female or simple assault on a domestic partner, we can help you protect your rights and family.
- Sex crimes: We can protect your rights if you have been charged with a sex offense, including, but not limited to soliciting a minor, indecent exposure and rape. You should always seek the advice of an attorney or legal representation before speaking with law enforcement on any matter.
- Theft: Our lawyers handle a variety of theft charges, including burglary, shoplifting and robbery.
- Violent crimes: We aggressively defend clients accused of violent criminal offenses such as assault with a deadly weapon or capital murder.
- White collar crimes: We provide strong white collar crimes defense against charges such as securities fraud, embezzlement, check fraud and mail fraud.
- Juvenile crimes: Our firm understands the challenges of North Carolina juvenile court. Let us help protect your minor child's future.
We also handle non-defense criminal-related matters such as bond reductions and probation violations.Expunction/Expungement
Even if you have never been convicted of a crime, the mere fact you were charged with a crime may cause you problems anytime a background check is run. Let our attorneys and staff help clean your record by pursuing an expungement.
You may be eligible for expungement if:
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor before you attained the age of 18 years
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor possession of alcohol pursuant to G.S. 18B-302(b)(1) before you attained the age of 21 years
- Your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty, even if there were multiple offenses within one year.
If you face charges in a state court, you want to do everything you can to protect your freedom. We know the local courts and we know how to protect your rights. Contact our Statesville criminal defense law office today for more information about your rights and options.