Carolina Beach NC Criminal Defense Attorney - Shoplifting Larceny Lawyer
Anyone can be charged with a crime. Just because you are charged does not mean you are guilty. In fact, it is a fundamental principle in the United States, that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you are charged with a crime, you should exercise your right to remain silent (which you always have—even before you are read your Miranda rights) and immediately obtain counsel.
Criminal charges, in addition to a sentence imposed by the court, can result in criminal records which can affect a person for their entire life. Therefore, it is very important that people who are charged take the matter seriously and take appropriate steps to avoid or mitigate the negative consequences of criminal charges. In some cases, it is possible to have criminal records expunged, which means the records are removed from the public records and destroyed by a process called expungement.
Even relatively minor charges like traffic tickets can affect one’s driving privileges, employment, and can cause expensive insurance premium increases. Many times these consequences can be avoided, and sometimes without the necessity of our clients appearing in court. North Carolina is one of the few states that has a disposition known as a Prayer for Judgment Continued or PJC. However, a PJC is not always the best result for all traffic matters. One should always consult an attorney experienced in traffic law if they received a traffic citation.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina is on Pleasure Island in New Hanover County and is a town which had a population of approximately 4,800 in 2000.
If you are charged with a crime or receive a traffic citation in Carolina Beach, NC your court date will be in the New Hanover County court in Wilmington, North Carolina which is approximately ten miles north of Carolina Beach, NC.
Collins Law Firm is located in Wilmington, North Carolina and does not have an office in Carolina Beach, NC. However, we regularly represent people charged with traffic citations or charged with crimes which occur in Carolina Beach, NC. Carolina Beach, NC has its own police department but other agencies also have jurisdiction in Carolina Beach, NC such as New Hanover State Highway Patrol, Alcohol Law Enforcement, New Hanover County Sheriff's Department, North Carolina Wildlife officers.
The New Hanover County Courthouse is located at 316 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.