Carolina Criminal Defense Attorneys
Have you or a loved one recently been arrested for a crime in North Carolina or South Carolina? If so, you need a criminal defense lawyer who cares about protecting your rights. John Landreth is the sole attorney at Powers Landreth PLLC licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina.
When you've been accused of a crime, you need to know where to turn. When you contact Powers Landreth PLLC, you know that we'll work hard on your behalf from the moment you contact our firm.
Our law firm has extensive experience helping the accused in North Carolina with criminal defense, DWIs, and traffic tickets. Founding partner Bill Powers has been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy/National Board of Legal Specialty as a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist in North Carolina.
Each case is unique, but you can get a sense of why our firm has earned a reputation as a criminal defense leader in North Carolina and South Carolina when reviewing our recognitions, certifications, and credentials on this site. When you're facing charges, talking to an attorney is one of the most important steps you'll take.
The Aggressive and Experienced Representation You Need in Court
Criminal Defense: We recognize that the day clients call us to discuss their criminal defense matters may be one of the worst days of their lives. We are ready to help you with compassion, understanding, and years of experience. Learn more about our criminal defense experience and services here.
DWI: A DWI is one of the most common criminal charges in North Carolina, but it is also quite serious. If you need help with this distressing legal issue that could impact your future for years to come, know that we'll treat you with with no judgment and all compassion. Find out more about our DWI experience here.
Traffic Violations: Don't ignore or pay a traffic ticket without walking through the potential consequences. Hiring a Carolina lawyer can help you avoid penalties and missteps. Go here to read more about our traffic ticket services.
Request Your FREE Consultation
If you're facing criminal charges and need help, time is of the essence. Exercise your right to a lawyer in North Carolina and take advantage of the insight provided while the details of your arrest are still fresh in your mind. In most cases, you're entitled to a free consultation, so don't hesitate to reach out for help.
Why You Need an Experienced Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer in North Carolina or South Carolina
Not all lawyers focus their practices on criminal, traffic, and DWI driving defense. You need a zealous legal advocate on your side from the moment you've been accused to defend you and guide you from beginning to end through the legal process.
Our multi-jurisdictional law practice maintains offices in both North Carolina and South Carolina. John Landreth is the sole attorney at Powers Landreth PLLC licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina.
Our attorneys provide consultations during normal business hours. We go one step beyond by providing an after-hour service with an "on-call" attorney for emergency situations so that you know a talented lawyer is just a phone call away.
At Powers Landreth PLLC it is our strong belief that information and preparation make for a powerful legal defense. We want you to understand your specific case and how the legal system works in the North Carolina courts. We know you have a lot of questions, including:
- What is the worst-case scenario?
- What should I do?
- Do I have to go to court?
- What happens to my license?
- Will I possibly go to jail over this?
- Can you help me with my case, based on my specific circumstances?
- How much will this all cost?
Our goal is to provide you the information and resources you need to understand your charges and what to expect.
But since every person's situation is unique, we strongly encourage you to contact one of our attorneys for a free, no-obligation consultation. They will be happy to explain the laws to you as they pertain to your case and specific circumstances.
Since many charges are time-sensitive, you should not delay in seeking legal counsel. You can contact us today at 704-342-HELP (4357).
North Carolina and South Carolina Legal Defense Advocates
REMEMBER: Thorough Case Preparation Is Job #1
Preparing to defend your unique case is critical for a zealous defense against your pending criminal charges. Although documentation is provided to people upon release from jail, some documentation may not be immediately available. As such, we obtain the important paperwork for the client as soon as we are retained.
The following materials can be important to review before trial or making a decision on the best manner in which to proceed:
- Charging Officer or Officers' Affidavit(s)
- Video and Audio Recordings
- Notes, Maps, Drawings, Reports, and Supplemental Documentation
Your Carolina lawyer will review these materials and help you determine how they impact your defense. Entrusting your case to a Carolina law firm with years of experience helping people just like you can have a significant impact on your ability to fight the charges.
Please call now for your free initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!
Powers Landreth PLLC
Attorney Fees and the Legal Process
How Much Will My Legal Fees Be?
When it comes to the prospect of a criminal conviction and retaining a lawyer, ask yourself these important questions:
- What is my goal?
- What are my options?
- What can I afford?
- What is the best case scenario?
- What is the worst-case scenario?
- Do I want to plead guilty?
- Do I want a trial?
We Will Be Honest and Upfront With You
Meeting with your lawyer at the outset of your case to discuss these questions can help you hire the right Carolina law firm. Our lawyers will review your court documentation and give you an honest assessment of your options and the potential outcomes so that you can make an informed decision.
The Review and Confirm Option allows clients to confirm, at a competitive legal fee, that they have made a good-faith effort to review the materials, and are making the best decision that suits their needs.
"We offer help and compassion. We also let the client decide what is best for them." - Bill Powers
If we see grounds to challenge the charges, we will advise you of that. You may thereafter decide to proceed forward with additional legal services that may involve the filing of Motions and a Trial.
How Our Lawyers Help the Accused in Carolina Criminal Cases
There are many different ways that the right criminal defense lawyer can help you prepare for trial and minimize the chances of serious consequences. Some of the legal services we provide include:
- We will assemble the documents necessary for the Judge to review to make the process as quick and painless as possible
- We will guide you through the complex legal system procedures
- We will help you understand how to move forward
It makes sense before making any important decision to seek out experienced legal advice from a trusted, experienced attorney.
North Carolina Misdemeanors and District Court Motions and Trial
Many criminal cases (but not all) are handled in District Court in North Carolina.
That means they are ruled upon by a District Court Judge who acts as both judge and jury.
- Sometimes cases rise and fall on legal arguments made to Judges
- Other cases involve a trial to the reasonable doubt standard
- Finally, some cases necessitate motions and a trial
Superior Court Motions, Trials, and Appeals
There are times when neither the Client nor the Lawyer are satisfied with the legal ruling or findings in District Court. In these cases, you may have grounds to appeal. Superior Court appeals may involve re-hearing on a motion, bringing a new motion to dismiss or motion to suppress.
This appeals process takes time, more formalized documentation, and a determined attorney familiar with the required court procedures.
Superior Court Jury Trial and Pleas
Some cases or disputes just have to be heard in Superior Court and at times, by a jury. In North Carolina Superior Court, juries normally determine what happened factually. Juries are therefore traditionally known as the "Finders of Fact."
In Superior Court, the Superior Court Judge, who is different than a District Court judge, is deemed the "Finder of law." Judges decide legal issues such as whether law enforcement had reasonable suspicion or probable cause to proceed with an investigation and arrest.
Remember, in a North Carolina Superior Court**:
- Jury = Finder of fact
- Judge = Finder of law
While a Superior Court Judge may rule on the admissibility of evidence or even dismiss a case when legally appropriate, they often do not decide guilt or innocence.**
Make no mistake, the Superior Court Judge has considerable authority and discretion in determining what evidence is admissible and therefore what evidence the jury hears. The Constitutions of North Carolina and South Carolina provide to you, in criminal cases, the right to a trial by jury. It is an important right afforded to you.
**There is now an important exception in North Carolina. The Constitution of the State of North Carolina was amended in 2015 to allow a Superior Court Trial by Judge in certain circumstances. Furthermore, for some "lower-level" felony charges, District Court judges have been empowered to take pleas on certain matters, subject to the laws of the State of North Carolina. For more information, please seek out the advice of competent legal counsel.
Legal Counsel Based on the Services You Need
By now, you will have noticed a pattern -- we set legal fees based on the services you want. We will follow your direction.
- Do you want help getting through the process, thinking you would like to explore options regarding a Deferred Disposition?
- Do you want to plead guilty and move on?
- Do you prefer to challenge the allegations, knowing that in every case there are many different variables to consider?
We have experience helping good people who may be in legal trouble for the first time in their lives. We believe the best decisions are made after considering good information. At regular intervals throughout our representation we like to ask: "Is this what you want?"
Courtroom Experience Matters
Just thinking about a legal matter can be stressful. The anxiety of not knowing what to do or who to talk to may exact a heavy price. Rather than carry the burden alone, we encourage you to seek legal counsel.
At Powers Landreth PLLC, we provide real-world experience, plus resourceful and professional legal advice. When you're going through a difficult time in your life, you need an attorney who can protect your interest and has the experience to give you the legal insight to make good decisions.
Information and preparation are important tools in any legal presentation. The legal process can be confusing and it's important to know your options.
If you have questions, we have answers for you at Powers Landreth PLLC. We're here to help. Don't wait to protect your rights.