Criminal Law Practice Areas
The Law Offices of The Lawton Law Firm LLC, provides zealous criminal defense for felony charges in federal, appellate, and state courts. in Gastonia and throughout the State of North Carolina. We defend clients on a regular basis who are accused of:
- Drug Crimes
- Murder & Homicide
- Sex Crimes
- Appellate Practice
- Federal Court Criminal Defense
- State Court Criminal Defense
- Restoration of Firearm Rights
Our law firm has only the highest ranked attorneys and they are well known for their aggressive and zealous defense of clients and also their many years of experience winning cases and getting successful results. The Lawton Law Office will guide clients, friends and loved ones through the difficult process of dealing with the criminal justice system. We encourage you to learn more about our experienced, knowledgeable litigators and all of their court room successes.
State Court and Criminal Defense
If you are in a situation where you have been charged for violating a criminal statute in the State of North Carolina, it is imperative that you get in contact with an experienced defense attorney that will help minimize punishment or who will be able to help you to avoid a conviction altogether. Your sentencing if convicted and the severity of the crime will be determined by the court. Felonies have three classes, the most serious of these is a Class A and a Class C is considered the least serious. For example, If you looking at a first degree murder conviction which is the most severe level of a Class A felony, you could be in prison for 20 years or more or quite possibly be facing the death penalty. For a second degree conviction of theft, which would be categorized as a nonviolent Class B felony, would result in huge fines and jail time of a couple months. Being convicted of a felony is a very serious matter regardless of what the charges may be, and the outcome of these charges will impact your life substantially. It is in your best interest to consult with an attorney who is experienced and will be able to advise you on your legal rights as well as represent you in the courtroom.
Criminal Defense in Federal Court
There are a vast number of federal criminal statutes enacted by the government, many of these laws also govern drug crimes. If a crime was committed across state borders, under state law if that offense can become a federal crime. If you or a family member has been charged for violating a federal statute, you can be tried, and if you are convicted, you can be sentenced by federal sentencing guidelines. When charged for violating federal criminal statutes, you need to contact an attorney that is an expert with handling cases within the federal court systems immediately.
Appellate Law Practice
If you, a loved one, or a friend has been convicted of crime, you have the right to have your conviction appealed. In order to have an appeal, it must be based on an error that took place during your trial. Not all mistakes will result in a conviction reversal, even if you can prove that mistakes have occurred such as (harmless errors). However, improperly admitting evidence (reversible errors) can in some cases be enough to get a conviction overturned. If you or someone you know has been convicted, call an appellate attorney who is experienced and can advise you on all of your legal rights ASAP!
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