Felonies and Misdemeanors
Swaim Law is experienced in handling Felony and Misdemeanor offenses from arrest to trial. We diligently defend each client regardless of the charges they may face.
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- Sex crimes including rape, sexual battery, incident liberties with a minor and failure to register as a sex offender
- Homicides and attempted homicides
- Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter
- Breaking and Entering
- Domestic Violence
- Probation Violations
- Serious Assaults
- Weapon violations (Possession of firearm by a felon, for example)
- Violent crimes
- Possession of Stolen Goods
- Armed Robbery
- Common Law Robbery
- Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver a Controlled Substance
- Maintaining a Vehicle or Dwelling for Controlled Substances
- Drug charges such as Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana, Heroin or any Controlled Substance
- Drug Trafficking
- Sale or Delivery of Controlled Substances
- First and Second Degree Rape
- First and Second Degree Sexual Offenses
- Child Pornography
- Habitual Felon
- Habitual Misdemeanor Assault
Misdemeanor charges vary greatly and encompass everything from traffic offenses to drug charges and assaults. Misdemeanor charges are classified numerically, from Class 3 misdemeanors up to Class A1 misdemeanors. Class 3 misdemeanors are punishable by up to 20 days in jail. Class A1 misdemeanors are punishable by up to 150 days in jail. Swaim Law, PLLC has experience defending clients against all types of misdemeanor charges. In each case we analyze the circumstances leading up to the client’s charge, the statute, and other legal precedent, and then develop a tough, smart defense strategy for the client.
- Driving and/or Traffic Violations
- Juvenile Offenses
- Simple Assault
- Injury to Real Injury
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Possession
- Drug Paraphanelia
- Theft offenses such as shoplifting, larceny, concealment of goods, forgery and identity theft
- Larceny (normally for items totaling in value less then $1000)
- Underage Drinking
Expunging Criminal Records
Having a felony or misdemeanor on your record can pose limitations in the future. Even if a criminal case is dismissed, the public court records still show an arrest. An arrest from seven years ago, from which you were acquitted, can give rise to significant barriers to gainful employment, affordable housing, family, employment prospects, and the ability to apply for certain loans.
Fortunately, the law permits certain records to be expunged, meaning those records will no longer be accessible to the public.
Criminal records eligible for expunction in North Carolina are generally limited to the following three categories:
- A first-time, nonviolent offense committed more than 15 years ago
- A first-time offense committed under age 18/22
- A charge that was dismissed or disposed “not guilty”
If you have been charged with a crime in Johnston County, Wake County, Nash County, Franklin, or Wilson County, or if you are interested in knowing more about being eligible for an expunction, please contact Swaim Law for a consultation.