Facing rape charges in North Carolina is a very serious ordeal that can be overwhelming to the accused. If you have a loved one who is accused of one of these crimes, it is important to know how you can help them through the tough battle ahead.

Help them find good counsel. Before they talk to law enforcement, make sure they have an experienced defense lawyer at their side. Being arrested can be devastating to a person, and being subjected to interrogations can be stressful to a person and harmful to a defense. Someone in this situation could be pushed to the point where cooperation becomes self-incrimination. Make sure they have someone who will advocate their rights every step of the way.

Help in finding evidence. You can try to look for evidence that supports your loved one’s alibi, such as receipts, movie tickets, or hotel bills. You might also know some witnesses, such as friends and officemates, who can corroborate their story. A defense lawyer will advise you on the best plan of action, including what evidence is needed, and how you can help. A defense attorney should have a good relationship with a private investigator, in the event that there are leads that are difficult to track down.

Provide emotional support. Because of the stigma attached to sex-related crimes, a person accused of such crimes could experience a tremendous amount of embarrassment and fear, even before the trial begins. Your loved ones need to know that you believe them and that you’re there to support them no matter the outcome. Forget about complaining to the police or confronting the accuser, rather, reserve your words for reassuring your loved one and restoring some of the dignity lost because of the ordeal.

If you or a loved one is facing rape or sexual assault charges, call to get a free consultation with the attorneys at Marcilliat & Mills PLLC.

State v. B.S.: Not Guilty Verdict in First Degree Murder Case.

In this case, our client was charged with First Degree Murder in connection with a “drive-by” shooting that occurred in Charlotte, NC. The State’s evidence included GPS ankle monitoring data linking our client was at the scene of the crime and evidence that our client confessed to an inmate while in jail. Nonetheless, we convinced a jury to unanimously find our client Not Guilty. He was released from jail the same day.

State v. S.G.: First Degree Murder Charge Dismissed.

Our client was charged with First Degree for the shooting death related to alleged breaking and entering. The State’s evidence included a co-defendant alleging that our client was the shooter. After conducting a thorough investigation with the use of a private investigator, we persuaded the State to dismiss entirely the case against our client.

State v. B.D.: First Degree Murder Charged Dismissed.

After conducting an investigation and communicating with the prosecutor about the facts and circumstances indicating that our client acted in self-defense, the case was dismissed and deemed a justifiable homicide.

State v. I.R.: Reduction from First Degree Murder to Involuntary Manslaughter and Concealment of Death..

Our client was charged with the First Degree Murder of a young lady by drug overdose. After investigating the decedent’s background and hiring a preeminent expert toxicologist to fight the State’s theory of death, we were able to negotiate this case down from Life in prison to 5 years in prison, with credit for time served.

State v. J.G.: .

Our client was charged with First Degree Murder related to a “drug deal gone bad.” After engaging the services of a private investigator and noting issues with the State’s case, we were able to negotiate a plea for our client that avoided a Life sentence and required him to serve only 12 years.