Raleigh Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer
Attorneys Licensed in North Carolina & Florida
North Carolina takes any violent crime, or offense upon a person, very seriously. If you've been accused of a violent crime, not only do you risk facing criminal penalties you in job, housing and loan applications, and even in your personal relationships. And experienced defense attorney can help fight for favorable outcomes, such as case dismissal and not guilty verdicts.
The Raleigh criminal attorneys at Clifford Law Group, PLLC will fight for your rights if you've been accused of assault, disorderly conduct or any other violent crime. Our aggressive and thorough attorneys will challenge the prosecutor's evidence and seek to have your charges reduced or dismissed. We will also maintain an open line of communication with you so that you'll know what's going on in your case. We are based in Raleigh and can serve clients in Chapel Hill and Durham.
Call us today at (919) 842-5461 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Clifford Law Group represents those accused of violent crimes in Wake, Orange and Durham Counties and the surrounding areas.
Assault Charges in Wake County
Assault and assault/battery are some of the most common violent crimes in the state. Although not specifically defined in the North Carolina Criminal Code, an assault is the act of intentionally putting someone in fear of bodily injury, and battery is an unwanted intentional touching of another person. The law also outlaws participating in an "affray," more commonly referred to as fighting. An assault or assault/battery by itself is a Class 2 misdemeanor. (North Carolina General Statutes § 14-33)
Certain factors can elevate an assault charge, including:
- If the person was a child younger than 12, a state, city or county employee, a school employee or volunteer, a bus driver, a security guard, or if a man assaults a woman, the charges go up to a Class A1 misdemeanor.
- Using a deadly weapon, including pointing a gun at a person, will also elevate the assault to Class A1.
- Assaulting a law enforcement officer is a Class I felony, or a Class F felony if the officer is seriously injured.
- Assaulting a person with a deadly weapon is a Class E felony, and is a Class C felony if the person is seriously injured. (N.C.G.S. § 14-32
Other Violent Crimes in the Research Triangle
Disorderly conduct is a public disturbance in which the accused intentionally engages in fighting or other violent behavior or makes any kind of statement or gesture that is likely to provoke violent behavior. Disorderly conduct charges can be particularly harmful in the Research Triangle because specific elements of the charges may pertain to schools, both public, like the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill or North Carolina State University, private, like Duke University. A person may be charged with disorderly conduct if he or she takes control of a school building or refuses to vacate after being told to do so by an official. A person may also face charges of disorderly conduct for protesting at a school.
Another common violent crime charge is kidnapping, which means confining, restraining, or involuntarily taking a person from one place to another, in order to hold that person ransom, use him or her as a shield, facilitate another felony, help the accused or another person escape after committing a felony, do serious bodily harm to the victim, terrorize the victim or anyone else, or make them work against their will, including as a sex worker.
If the victim suffered serious bodily injury or was sexually assaulted in the course of kidnapping, the charge is a Class C felony. If the victim was not, it is a Class E felony. (N.C.G.S. § 14-39) Abduction of children, which involves the accused taking or enticing away children from the parents, agency or institution that is legally entitled to custody, is a Class F felony. This includes if you are the biological parent, but have lost custody rights. (N.C.G.S. § 14-41)
If you are facing a complex legal matter, it is vital that you retain the immediate representation of Clifford Law Group. The right attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Make the smart choice – enlist the supportive assistance of our Raleigh natives today.
Homicide & Murder Laws in North Carolina
Homicide, for criminal purposes, is the unlawful taking of another person's life. There are four major classifications of homicide:
- First degree murder is the willful, deliberate and premeditating killing of a person, or a killing done to perpetuate an arson, rape or sex offense, robbery, kidnapping, burglary or other felony committed with a deadly weapon. It is a Class A felony. (N.C.G.S. § 14-17)
- Second degree murder is a killing committed with malice, meaning there was intent to injure a person. It is a Class B1 felony, unless the death was caused by an inherently dangerous act or by distributing an illegal drug, in which case it is a Class B2 felony. (N.C.G.S. § 14-17)
- Voluntary manslaughter means intentionally killing without premeditation or malice, but rather the "heat of the moment." It is a Class D felony. (N.C.G.S. § 14-18)
- Involuntary manslaughter is when a person is killed because of the careless and willfully neglectful actions of the accused. It is a Class F felony. (N.C.G.S. § 14-18)
Penalties for Violent Crimes in North Carolina
The length of time a person may serve if convicted depends on the class of the crime. North Carolina uses a "structured sentencing" system, in which those with prior convictions face greater jail time. The following are the ranges of prison time if the conviction is the defendant's first.
- Class A felony: Life without parole, or death
- Class B1 felony: 192-240 months
- Class B2 felony: 125-157 months
- Class C felony: 58-73 months
- Class D felony: 51-64 months
- Class E felony: 20-25 months
- Class F felony: 13-16 months
- Class H felony: 5-6 months
- Class I felony: 4-6 months
- Class A1 misdemeanor: 1-60 days
- Class 1 misdemeanor: 1-45 days
- Class 2 misdemeanor: 1-30 days
In some misdemeanor cases, a community punishment, like community service, may be available. Your Raleigh criminal defense lawyer can help negotiate these sentences for you.
Raleigh Violent Crimes Attorney
If you're accused of assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing justice or any crime of violence, our Clifford Law Group can represent you. We'll fight for your rights to keep these charges off your criminal record. Call us today at (919) 842-5461or contact us on our online form for a free consultation.