Criminal Defense

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Criminal Defense is a priority at the McCallum Law Firm, PLLC.

We realize how difficult it can become for clients and their families to handle criminal issues. Our goal is not only to provide clients with effective legal representation, but to also assist them with understanding the legal process. Attorney Bellonora McCallum is an experienced North Carolina criminal defense trial lawyer who has assisted clients throughout North Carolina.  If you’re charged with a crime, whether it’s a violent crime, drug crime, financial crime such as embezzlement, it’s critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. The McCallum Law Firm has the know-how to help you, no matter how complicated your case might be.

Our firm will provide defense against criminal charges including, but not limited to, the following:

Misdemeanors

There are two main classes of crimes in North Carolina: misdemeanors and felonies.  Misdemeanors are divided into four different categories (A1, 1, 2, and 3) depending on the seriousness of the offense.  The final outcome in any particular case depends on the individual facts of the case, the defendant’s criminal record, and any agreements that the defendant enters into with the district attorney’s office.

Felonies

Felony crimes are divided into 10 different categories (A, B1, B2, and C-I) based on the seriousness of the offense.  A Class I felony, the least serious type of felony, carries a maximum penalty of 24 months in jail.  A Class A felony, the most serous type of felony, carries a maximum penalty of either life in prison or death.  The final outcome in any particular felony case depends on the individual facts of the case, the defendant’s criminal record, and any agreements that the defendant enters into with the district attorney’s office.

Traffic Matters

Traffic offenses can negatively impact your driving privileges in a number of ways.  Depending on the severity of the offense and your prior driving record, you could face a suspension or even revocation of your driver’s license.  Many traffic violations also result in fines, court fees, and possibly increased insurance payments.  Driving privileges are essential for daily life, professional legal guidance is a great investment for maintaining your driving privileges.

 DWI

Driving while impaired or intoxicated (DWI) is a very serious offense in North Carolina.  A person convicted of DWI can face substantial fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, probation, mandatory substance abuse assessment and community service, and potential jail time.  It is critical to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding the specific facts of your specific case, in order to receive the best result.

Juvenile Court

Juvenile crimes include any misdemeanor and most felonies that are committed by a minor between the ages of 6 and 15. This includes crimes that are specific to minors as well as crimes that can be committed by adults (such as theft and assault). Some of the most common juvenile crimes include shoplifting, vandalism, simple assaultunderage drinkingdrug possession, and truancy. As a long-time juvenile crimes lawyer serving Raleigh and the surrounding communities, Attorney McCallum has extensive experience handling all types of juvenile offenses, from traffic violations to first degree criminal sexual conduct.

Whether your child or adolescent was negatively influenced by peer pressure into making a single mistake or has shown a tendency toward becoming delinquent, if he or she is between the ages of 6 and 15 and has been charged with a crime, you need a juvenile crimes lawyer who specializes in helping young people.

Federal Crimes

The federal justice system is structured around a different set of laws and procedural rules, and sentencing guidelines than the state system. Federal criminal cases often involve complicated legal issues and carry more harsh penalties than state crimes.  Therefore, defending federal criminal charges requires specialized knowledge of the federal criminal justice system as well as its relation to North Carolina Law.  When facing criminal charges, it is important to seek professional legal guidance from an attorney who is familiar with both state and federal courts.  Attorney McCallum possess extensive experience handling all types of criminal charges in North Carolina.