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Protecting the Rights of the Criminally Accused in Beaufort and all of Carteret County, NC

Defending Against Felony Charges in Eastern North Carolina

While all criminal charges should be taken seriously, it is important to realize that felony criminal charges will be more severe than a misdemeanor. Felony charges can relate to everything from manslaughter, to domestic violence, and even drug crimes, such as trafficking. While differing in type, they all have one thing in common – unrelenting, life-altering penalties. Felonies are not something that can be dealt with in a month and then forgotten about.

When facing a felony charge, it is important to involve an experienced Carteret County criminal defense attorney that can be trusted to provide you with high-quality and experienced representation when it matters most. At Cummings and Kennedy, we know the issues surrounding felony crimes and we are firmly devoted to providing our clients with world class representation.

Contact a Carteret County Felony Lawyer From Our Firm

Due to the long-lasting impact of a felony conviction, should you be facing something of this nature, you do not have a moment to spare. With local roots, we are proud to offer residents and visitors with heavyweight assistance. We focus exclusively on criminal defense and are proud to be in court on a daily basis protecting your rights. This gives us knowledge and experience that is not isolated to learning, but rather has been hard-earned by putting in the hours necessary. We know the laws and we know the courts where we will be trying the case. You can trust that we will draw upon these vast resources to help you protect your best interests to the best of our abilities.
  • What is a felony?

    A felony is a serious charge that can lead to heavy consequences if the individual is charges and convicted.  In the state of North Carolina, felony convictions can result from a variety of charges, including murder, rape, child molestation, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, involuntary manslaughter, human trafficking, robbery, intimidating a witness, forgery, making terror threats, and more.  If you’ve been charged with a felony, it’s best to retain legal representation right away.  We can help you to understand your rights, your options, and how to navigate upcoming settings in court.

  • What should I do if I’ve been charged with a felony?

    If you’ve been charged with a felony, it’s in your best interest to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible.  You’re facing a serious charge, and an attorney will act on your behalf with your best interest in mind.  AN attorney may be able to have the charge dropped, the charge reduced, or the conviction reduced, depending on the circumstances.  Speak to a lawyer to learn your options, and to protect your rights as you navigate through the felony charge and litigation.


  • Is there a difference between misdemeanor and felony convictions?

    There is a significant difference between misdemeanor and felony convictions.  Be wary that felony convictions usually have far more significant penalties, ranging from fines to jail time.  While misdemeanor convictions often come with jail time that is less than a year (or no jail time whatsoever), felony convictions often result in more than a year of jail time.

  • Who is eligible for expungement of a felony?

    As of December 1, 2017, only first offenders who were convicted of a felony while under the age of 18 may be eligible to have their records expunged. In addition, an eligible candidate must have a clean criminal history since their conviction — in certain cases, traffic violations may not hinder an individual’s eligibility for expungement. A felony conviction may only be eligible to be expunged after four years from the date of the conviction or four years after the date of a served sentence. Feel free to learn more about expungements.

  • Can a DWI be charged as a felony?

    In general, driving while impaired (DWI) charges lead to misdemeanor convictions here in the state of North Carolina.  That said, multiple DWI convictions can eventually lead to a DWI Felony Habitual DWI.  If you’ve been convicted of three DWIs or more within a span of 10 years, you may be charged with a felony DWI.  You can learn more about DWI charges in our defense services.

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