Charlotte Violent Crimes Lawyer
Defending Clients Charged With Violent Crimes Throughout Mecklenburg County
If you have been charged with a violent crime, contact Jetton & Meredith today. Backed by decades of combined experience, our violent crimes attorneys in Charlotte have successfully represented thousands of clients. Our legal team can help you make sound decisions throughout every stage of criminal proceedings. You can trust us to fight to protect your best interests and rights aggressively.
What is Considered a Violent Crime in North Carolina?
North Carolina violent crimes include:
- Assault & Battery
- Assault with a Deadly Weapon
- Assault by Strangulation
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Firearm Violations
- Homicide (Murder)
- Rape & Sexual Assault
What is Assault?
The term assault refers to various actions resulting in misdemeanor or felony charges. It generally refers to attempting to inflict harm or cause another person to believe harm will be inflicted upon them. Assault charges can be elevated if other factors are present, such as if a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the crime, if sexual battery also occurred, if it happened concurrently with domestic violence and more. If you have been arrested for an alleged assault or are under investigation, it is important to speak to an attorney about your defense as soon as possible.
Assault on a Female
Assault on a woman is the unlawful touching, or attempted touching, of a woman age 16 or older by a man age 18 or older. It is considered domestic violence if the man and woman are in a domestic relationship, usually boyfriend and girlfriend or husband and wife. Only a man can be charged with assault on a woman — a woman assaulting a man with whom she is in a relationship may be charged as domestic violence, simple assault.
If arrested for domestic violence assault, you will likely have to stay in jail for 48 hours or until a judge releases you. In most cases, a no-contact order will also be issued upon your release, which prohibits you from contacting the person you allegedly assaulted.
Our lawyers will research the context of the charges and provide knowledgeable, experienced guidance and skilled representation to individuals charged with assault on a female and other domestic violence crimes. We provide personalized attention and services and will aggressively fight to protect your rights in court.
Assault Charges We Defend Against
We provide skilled representation and legal counsel to individuals charged with various forms of assault, including:
- Assault in connection with a bar altercation
- Assault stemming from a “road rage” incident
- Assault involving an altercation with a neighbor
- Assault involving an argument with a coach or referee at a child’s sporting event
- Domestic violence involving your spouse, domestic partner, former spouse, former domestic partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend
North Carolina Homicide Laws
Homicide is the umbrella that refers to the killing of one individual by another individual. There are different homicide charges in North Carolina, including manslaughter, second-degree murder, first-degree murder, and more. Manslaughter is killing another person without malice aforethought, which means the act was unintentional. Murder, on the other hand, occurs when a person kills another person with intent. However, killing may be considered lawful when it is committed to defend others or when it is committed in self-defense.
Homicide offenses and their corresponding penalties are as follows:
- Voluntary manslaughter. This is the intentional killing of another individual in a situation where a reasonable person would become mentally or emotionally disturbed. This is a Class D felony punishable by a minimum of 51 months in prison.
- Involuntary manslaughter. This is the unintentional killing of another individual not committed in the heat of passion. This is a Class F Felony punishable by a minimum of 13 months in prison.
- Second-degree murder. This is the killing of another person, which was not premeditated but did involve reckless disregard for their life. This may be a Class B2 felony punishable by a minimum of 125 months in prison or a Class B1 felony punishable by anywhere from 192 months to life in prison.
- First-degree murder. This is a deliberate killing, a premeditated killing, or a felony murder. This is a Class A felony punishable by life in prison or death by lethal injection.
Contact Jetton & Meredith, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation with our Charlotte violent crimes attorney!
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