Wrightsville Beach NC Criminal Defense Attorney David Collins
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.
If you receive a traffic citation or criminal charge for a traffic violation or more serious crime in Wrightsville Beach, your court date and court appearance will be in Wilmington, North Carolina. Collins Law Firm and attorney David Collins regularly represent people charged with traffic citations and crimes which occurred in Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Beach is a town in New Hanover County, North Carolina adjacent to Wilmington, North Carolina. Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is part of Wilmington, NC metropolitan statistical area. In the year 2000, the population of Wrightsville Beach was 2,593.
The town of Wrightsville Beach has its own police department but there are other law enforcement agencies which have jurisdiction in Wrightsville Beach. Those agencies include New Hanover County Sheriff's Department, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and portions of Wrightsville Beach are within the territorial jurisdiction extension of Wilmington Police Department.
Collins Law Firm is located approximately two miles from the town of Wrightsville Beach, NC but is not located within the town limits of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
The New Hanover County Courthouse is located at 316 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.