Southport NC Criminal Defense Attorney - Criminal Defense 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.
Southport, North Carolina is an incorporated municipality located in southeastern Brunswick County. The population of Southport, NC was approximately 2,350 in the year 2000. It is a charming small town with a rich history. Southport does have its own police force but other agencies such as the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department and North Carolina State Highway Patrol have jurisdiction Southport, NC. If you receive a traffic citation or if you are charged with a crime in Southport, NC your court date will be in Bolivia, North Carolina in the Brunswick County courthouse. The Brunswick County courthouse is about 20 minutes from the New Hanover County courthouse in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Collins Law Firm is located in Wilmington, North Carolina, and does not have an office in Southport, NC. However, we regularly represent people charged with traffic citations or with crimes in Southport, NC at their court appearances in Bolivia, NC the county seat of Brunswick County, NC. The Brunswick County Courthouse is located at 310 Government Center Drive, NE, Bolivia, NC 28422.