Felony Lawyer Raleigh
Felony convictions can have very serious consequences. A person may lose their job, family, status in the community, ability to vote or own a firearm, and possibly face substantial time in prison. Hunt Law Group, P.C. analyzes every piece of evidence from the prosecution’s investigation, and in addition we carry out our own investigation for exculpatory evidence when we need to. When we cannot secure a dismissal or negotiate a favorable plea, we are prepared and able to argue for acquittal at trial.
After a person has been arrested for felony charges and processed, they are taken before a magistrate who sets bail and other conditions of pretrial release. A first appearance is then scheduled in front of a District Court judge within 96 hours of being arrested or at the next session of District Court within the county, whichever occurs first. At the first appearance, the District Court judge reviews the defendant’s pretrial release conditions and schedules a probable cause hearing.
Probable cause hearings, in practice, serve as administrative settings before the case is bound over to the Superior Court. Pleas may be negotiated for certain low-level felonies at the District Court level. The advantages of negotiating a plea in District Court are a quick resolution to the pending charge, and that pleas in District Court tend to be more lenient than in the Superior Court. Actual probable cause hearings are infrequent because a grand jury can indict even if a District Court judge finds there is no probable cause to arrest, though sometimes a hearing can forecast the prosecution’s case if discovery has not been shared thus far.
The case may move to Superior Court if the grand jury returns a true bill of indictment or the case proceeds on information. Once the case is in Superior Court, administrative court appearances are held while the prosecutor and defense attorney share discovery, argue motions, and negotiate a possible plea. Administrative settings give the defense attorney and the prosecution a chance to report progress and next steps to the judge. If felony charges are not dismissed by a successful motion or a plea agreement cannot be reached, then the case proceeds to trial by jury.
Hunt Law Group, P.C. will analyze every piece of evidence from the prosecution’s investigation and then carry out our own investigation for exculpatory evidence when needed. When we cannot secure a dismissal or negotiate a favorable plea, we are will prepare to argue for acquittal at trial. No matter what charge you are facing, be sure you do not go through it alone. You deserve to have the best possible representation when your freedom and reputation are on the line. Call Hunt Law Group, P.C. today for a free consultation!