Strickland Agner Pittman has decades of combined experience in state and federal courts in North Carolina, including District and Superior Courts in Wayne, Wilson, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Jones, and Sampson counties. We can provide a wide array of legal services, including:
- Questioning – We can advise you and make sure your rights are protected if you are questioned by police or prosecutors.
- Bond hearings – We can seek a reasonable bond that will allow you to continue to be with your family and friends and continue to work while your case is pending.
- Investigation and discovery – We can review the evidence that state or federal prosecutors plan to use against you, and we can conduct our own independent investigation of your case.
- Pre-trial motions – We can file motions before your case comes to trial that seek to suppress evidence that was obtained in violation of your rights or would unfairly prejudice you.
- Plea negotiations – We can negotiate with prosecutors and work towards a plea agreement that would minimize your punishment and the impact of a conviction on your life.
- Trial – If your case goes to trial, our experienced attorneys can skillfully represent you by executing a sound defense strategy and challenging the prosecution’s evidence.
- Sentencing – If you are convicted of a crime, we can present evidence on your behalf and argue for the most lenient sentence possible.
- Post-conviction relief – We can also help you pursue a motion for appropriate relief (MAR) or appeals to the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court.
Goldsboro Criminal Defense Lawyers
Experienced and Assertive Criminal Defense Representation
If you have been charged with a crime – even the lowest-level misdemeanor – it can feel scary and be detrimental to your reputation. If you have never dealt with the North Carolina criminal justice system before, then you may also realize it can be very confusing and intimidating. Our criminal defense lawyers at Strickland Agner Pittman have the skill, experience, and compassion to help you get through this difficult time in your life. We know what is at stake for you and your family, and we will vigorously protect your rights at every stage of your case and seek the best possible outcome. We will return all your calls, answer your questions, and take the time to update you and explain what is happening in your case. We understand the value of communication and education about a complex criminal system.
You can count on Strickland Agner Pittman to be open and honest with you at every stage. We will pay close attention to your needs and concerns. You will not be working with just one attorney but an entire legal team that will strive for the best result for you.
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What Should You Do If You’ve Been Arrested?
It is important to work with an experienced lawyer who knows how to navigate North Carolina’s criminal justice system and who will give you the serious, highly personalized attention you deserve. If you have been arrested, the most important thing you should do is contact an attorney for legal support. You have two important rights as a defendant that you should assert immediately after you have been arrested:
- Your right to remain silent.
- Your right to retain legal counsel.
If you have been stopped or arrested for a crime, it is critical that you exercise the above rights and request to speak with a lawyer before you answer any incriminating questions from law enforcement.
Your path to freedom starts with an initial consultation. A criminal lawyer at our firm will review the facts of your case, explain each step of the legal process, and discuss how we will tailor our services to your needs.
Contact our firm today to get started in a consultation.
CRIMINAL CASES WE HANDLE
Our legal team has extensive criminal defense experience and handles a wide range of cases in Goldsboro, including:
Strickland Agner Pittman can represent you if you are facing criminal accusations. We also work with families whose child is facing juvenile delinquency.
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A criminal charge of any kind must be taken seriously. The outcome of your case can have a lasting effect on the rest of your life. Our lawyers at Strickland Agner Pittman understand the importance of your case, and we will devote the full extent of our firm’s skill, experience, and resources to serving you.
How are misdemeanors and felonies different?A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony. Misdemeanors generally are less severely punished than felonies, which require significant years in jail and some amount in fines. Another distinction is that felony convictions may deprive you of certain citizenship rights, while misdemeanors do not.
Do I need an attorney if I am innocent?It is always a good idea to hire an attorney to resolve your case, especially if you are innocent. The stakes are much higher when you have been wrongfully accused, and only an experienced and skilled defense lawyer will know how to get you out of your wrongful charge and gather the evidence to prove it. After all, no one wants to be sitting in jail for something they didn’t do, and our firm is particularly passionate about achieving justice for the innocent.
Should I use my Miranda Rights if I'm arrested?
Yes. You should always exercise your right to remain silent, because law enforcement may ask incriminating questions to use your own words against you.
What should I say to the police?
Nothing! While it’s important to cooperate with the police (such as taking a required urine or breath test at a DWI stop), you should not say anything to the police, because they might use your own words to incriminate you later if you confess. Before speaking to the police, first consult your lawyer about what you should and should not say.
Will my case go to trial?
Not all criminal cases go to trial. In fact, many are resolved through plea deals or even dismissed by the prosecutor. A defense attorney can better help you figure out the course of your case if it can be resolved in a plea deal or does have to go to court.