Charlotte NC Criminal Defense Lawyer

Have you, a friend or family member been charged with a criminal offense in North Carolina or South Carolina? If so, a typical and normal reaction is to panic and immediately start worrying about what’s going to happen.

The Law Offices of Powers Landreth can help.  We have extensive experience helping people facing all types of criminal charges. We recognize this might be your  first time you’re facing legal  problems.    After all, no one plans to be charged or arrested.

Make no mistake, when it comes to dealing with Criminal Defense issues, it’s not our first time. . .not by a long shot.

Our job is to provide answers, not to judge you or your past errors in judgment.

“We are in the business of providing sound legal advice during difficult times.  We offer experience, a dedication to legal adeptness and almost more important than anything else — compassion,” says attorney Bill Powers. “We see people through their darkest times. We offer legal advice and help…that’s why our telephone number is 704-342-HELP.”

We know that when a client or family member calls us, it’s usually one of the worst days in their lives.  We provide calm, effective support to help people just like you get through this painful time and feel more empowered and hopeful about the future.

“We listen a lot.  We ask a lot of questions.  We do our best to get to the bottom of things.  Good decisions are made after obtaining and reviewing all the information possible,” says Founding Partner, Bill Powers.  “Only then will we offer a legal opinion or suggest a course of action in Court.”

“The only constant in Criminal Defense Law is change.  Every day is different.  Every case is unique.  Every client brings their individual needs, backgrounds, and personalities.  It is what motivates us as lawyers.  Helping people is what we do.  That’s why we’re here.”

The terms Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyer mean different things to different people.  Frankly, it’s not all that unusual for people to confuse the role(s) of a lawyer.

Bill Powers adds, “People don’t need to worry about dealing with a stuffy lawyer or about convincing us they’re a good person.  We meet people at their level of need.  We’re on a first name basis around here.”

So let’s first define what the term criminal defense actually means. The better educated you are before you call us, the smoother this process will be.

Criminal Defense is a term that covers a broad practice group for lawyers.  In fact, some lawyers “Specialize” in Criminal Defense.  Bill Powers is one such lawyer, having met the training and certification requirements in North Carolina to be deemed a “Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer.”  Check out Bill’s Awards, Certifications, Recognitions, and Credentials HERE.

Sometimes Criminal Defense lawyers  handle relatively minor matters, helping people understand the system, explore their options, and to limit the long-term consequences of a poor decision or a momentary lapse of judgment.

The process, and the client’s stated goals of legal representation in more minor allegations, may involve a collaborative approach with the Office of the District Attorney.  That sometimes includes negotiating things like alcohol or drug treatment, community service, and restitution for a reduction in charges or dismissal.

Please note, that is not a promise or guarantee.  Each case and fact scenario is different. Yet, it is fair to say that Defense Lawyers seek to eliminate, limit, and ameliorate the consequences of poor decisions.  That is very much an important part of the balancing process of Justice.

To some extent, working with the State on more minor Infractions and Misdemeanor Criminal Charges it is less “adversarial,” meaning the State of North Carolina, as a matter of policy.  Sometimes the State is more concerned with changing behavior and helping people learn through their mistakes, rather than causing long-term criminal records and the associated long-term personal consequences.

In other matters, especially cases involving Serious Felonies such as Murder, Manslaughter, Felony Death and Assaults, and Sex Offenses including Rape – Criminal Defense means something much more.

With those types of matters, Criminal Defense Attorneys work with clients who are often facing life-changing allegations and charges.

Sometimes a Criminal Defense Lawyer is one of the few people standing between the accused and a long prison term.  That is not to say there are not protections built into the system, but having an experienced Criminal Defense lawyer by your side is often crucial when trying to navigate the legal system and courts.

Terms such as the Presumption of Innocence, Burden of Proof, and Guilt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, are more than mere words or platitudes. Criminal Defense Lawyers often have a burning desire to guard the protections afforded by the Constitution.  They believe in the Rule of Law, which necessarily includes fighting for individual liberties and the rights of the accused.

Clients charged with criminal offenses need to understand the importance of the Constitutions of individual states such as North Carolina and South Carolina and the United States, the Bill of Rights, and the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.

Bill Powers adds, “That’s why we spend so much time explaining the process, the laws, and the Constitution to clients in the most serious cases.  We are not anarchists.  We don’t like to see the law broken, especially in instances where the laws at issue are the ones protecting all of us from the government in their exercise of power.”

“When practicing law, I am not a liberal or a conservative.  I am a patriot.  I respect the Rule of Law.  Accountability goes both ways.  The State, in seeking to enforce the law, must also obey the law.  That’s how the Founders wanted it and it’s my job to do my best to protect the laws for both my client and the rest of us as citizens of this great country.  – Bill Powers

We have experience people helping clients charged with a full spectrum of issues, from minor traffic tickets, infractions, and citations, to extremely serious felonies in both North and South Carolina.**

**Attorneys Bill Powers and John Landreth are all licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina.  Attorney John Landreth is additionally licensed in the State of South Carolina and therefore is solely responsible for all legal matters in South Carolina.

Representation involves more than obtaining treatment or accepting responsibility.  Given the facts and circumstances, it can be a long, arduous process involving the review of discovery materials, interviewing witnesses, filing and arguing Motions in Court, and ultimately presenting a Defense to a Jury of Peers.

We approach every client’s case with extensive experience and courtroom skills gained through litigating matters in Court and arguing cases to Juries.  “Providing sound legal advice is more than just knowing the law or facts of any particular case,” says Bill Powers.

“After more than 25 years in the trenches…Well, I think I just get how things work in Court.  My opinions and legal advice are based upon years and years on studying the condition of being human.”

Researching a case, going to the scene, reviewing discovery, keeping up with and knowing the relevant laws, those are something we just assume are givens.  Understanding human nature and the humanity of dealing with very serious criminal charges is more nuanced.

“Looking in the eyes of jurors, watching their expressions (and reactions), and making an effective argument requires an intangible skillset.  I frankly believe Courtroom lawyers are just different.  The best ones I’ve ever seen, and there are many, many really good lawyers out there, seem born for the task.  Talking to people and juries just comes naturally to them.” – Bill Powers

That’s what we do.  We help people through both minor hiccups and extremely difficult times.  We want clients to understand the charges and their options.  As Lawyers we work to balance and explain the best-case and worst-case scenarios to clients.

At Powers Landreth PLLC we often encounter people going through hard times and in tough circumstances.  They are worried.  They are concerned.  They are confused and intimidated and often…they don’t know which way to turn.

As experienced lawyers, we want to express compassion and concern, while also providing realistic, calm legal advice and opinions.  There are times we are required to share hard truths.  The key to helping people, especially people facing criminal charges, is to do so with care, with concern, and without judging or thinking less of them.

We’re proud to be Criminal Defense Lawyers.  We take our job and our responsibilities seriously.  It is an honor to help people and to serve as Legal Counsel.

We hope you call and would love to help get you through your time of legal need.


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 experience; 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, take action. 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.



    Mr. Powers and his associates took my case on very short notice and got the results I needed! They have treated me with the greatest of respect and welcomed me as a valued client; making calls in person and giving extra effort to help me understand the processes of my case. This is the place to go to genuinely get things taken care of. Thank you Mr. Powers, and your staff and associates!

    – Casey

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    The attorneys of Powers Landreth have accumulated a wealth of legal resources and information and made it available to the general public.

    If you are looking for preliminary legal information on a DWI, Criminal Defense or Traffic Ticket issue, our guidebook to navigating the legal system is a good place to start. Click here to download our guide. We also feature additional legal resources in the legal resource section of our website which you can find here.

    If you have specific questions about a legal matter, we encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys who will be happy to discuss the specific circumstances of your case.


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