The defense lawyers at our firm help people with a wide range of different criminal charges and allegations of wrongdoing.
Whether it’s for a DUI in Shelby, a serious felony in Rutherfordton, a misdemeanor assault, or some other criminal accusation, we’d like to help.
“Our system of justice has become pretty complicated. We think it’s a really good idea to have an experienced courtroom lawyer by your side – David Teddy, Criminal Defense Lawyer Cleveland County NC
What should I do if I was arrested?
The first steps after getting arrested should include gathering information and beginning your defense.
You are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The State of North Carolina carries the Burden of Proof.
Those are part of your Constitutional Rights, which also include things like the Right to Remain Silent, the Right to Legal Counsel, and protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
In the presentation of evidence, the ADA (Assistant District Attorney) may call witnesses against you and introduce proof of alleged wrongdoing to the trier of fact.
We very much understand false accusations and mistakes are made every day.
As defense attorneys in Shelby, we often have a lot of questions for clients.
Our goal is to provide sound legal advice predicated on thorough research, investigation, and preparation.
We ask questions not to embarrass you but to provide helpful information about the best-case and worst-case scenarios.
It’s important to consider things like:
- Prior Criminal History, if any
- Nature and Extent of the Evidence
- Witness Statements
- Video Recordings
- Confessions / Admissions of Wrongdoing
Can I get my charges Dismissed?
Whether charges can get dismissed depends a lot on the evidence the State may have against you.
That’s one reason we carefully review the evidence with you, including police reports and the supporting Charging Documentation.
It’s also important to consider alternatives to a trial, including any options for deferred prosecution or earning a dismissal through the completion of Community Service.
Defense lawyers focus on providing an honest assessment of options.
“While dismissal is preferable, sometimes limiting the consequences of a conviction and negotiating a plea is the smart way to go – David Teddy, Shelby Criminal Defense Lawyer
Do I need a lawyer?
To be clear, you can represent yourself in court against criminal charges.
While that may be your legal right, it may not be the best thing for you and your future.
There are very few criminal matters, whether they be felony or misdemeanor charges, that don’t benefit from guidance from a seasoned legal professional.
There is more than going to court and hoping for the best.
The State has experienced professionals prosecuting matters.
“You and your case deserve the attention of an experienced criminal lawyer – Daniel Talbert, Criminal Defense Rutherford County NC
Handling a matter like a speeding ticket or traffic citation by yourself can have consequences for your Driver’s License and insurance points.
Things like Assault on a Female or larceny charges are substantially more serious.
A conviction, even for a misdemeanor assault, can make it difficult to find a job.
As such, while a defense lawyer isn’t required, it likely is a very good idea to seek experienced legal counsel.
Cleveland County Criminal Defense Lawyers – Teddy, Meekins, & Talbert Law Firm
If you have been charged with a crime in Shelby in Cleveland County or in Rutherford County, know that we understand the emotions and confusion you may be experiencing.
If you’ve been arrested, we recommend you remain silent and request to speak with a lawyer.
You can count on our criminal defense attorneys to aggressively protect your rights, explore all options available to you and seek the best possible resolution of your case.
Start getting a handle on the criminal charges you or a loved one faces by contacting us today by phone or online.
We can provide a prompt, completely confidential consultation and get to work on your case right away.