So, you’re searching for a criminal defense lawyer-a task that you never imagined you would have to do. Though you may know very little about criminal law, you understand that the attorney you select will have a long-lasting influence on your life. This crucial decision could, in fact, mean the difference between prison and freedom.

When you’re facing criminal charges or are under investigation, it is crucial to work with a law firm that can mount the strongest defense possible in your favor. Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, is the firm to help you. Our team of lawyers has decades of combined experience defending clients in all 100 counties of North Carolina, including extensive experience with state and federal courts in Cumberland County.

Why select Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, from the many defense firms in North Carolina? These are just a few of the reasons why we stand apart:

  • We have decades of combined criminal defense experience.
  • All three of our principal attorneys have made the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list.
  • Our team has secured hundreds of successful outcomes in criminal cases. Our proven track record includes obtaining not-guilty verdicts in murder cases, rape cases, and other serious charges.*

*Each case is different and must be evaluated on its individual facts. We work hard to assess each case individually. Prior results do not guarantee any future outcome.

What To Expect When Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer

No doubt, hiring the right attorney feels daunting. However, knowing what to expect when hiring a criminal defense lawyer can ease your nerves and help you feel more in control of your decision. Here, we will use our years of experience to explain a few things to expect when selecting a lawyer.

When you meet with a defense attorney, you will discuss the specifics of your particular case. In this meeting, it is important to be completely honest-even if this means telling your lawyer incriminating information. Lawyers have an obligation to protect their client’s privacy, so you do not need to worry that they will report you to the police. The more information you provide, the better they can defend you.

Our defense attorneys have devoted their careers to representing people accused of criminal activity. We will not judge you for your past actions.

Depending on your financial situation, you may have the option to work with a court-appointed lawyer who does not charge you a fee. Some defendants select this option because they feel it’s an easier decision than sifting through numerous private criminal defense attorneys. Others think that they cannot afford to hire a good lawyer.

Yet it’s important to know that hiring a private law firm – one with a solid reputation and strong foundation of experience – is well worth the investment. The benefit of working with an experienced firm like Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, is having a team of experienced advocates devoted to fighting for you.

We have the time, resources, and ability to give your case the attention it deserves.

How To Choose A Criminal Defense Lawyer

Once you decide to go the private law firm route, you may be wondering how to choose a criminal defense lawyer. This is obviously a much bigger decision than shopping for a car or even a home. In serious cases, your choice of criminal defense attorney could make the difference between imprisonment and freedom.

Still, the process of finding a lawyer who fits the bill does not have to be overwhelming, if you know what to look for. A good criminal defense lawyer should have the following qualities:

  • Many years of experience
  • Successful case results
  • Top national rankings
  • Favorable reviews from clients
  • Prestigious education

Should You Choose A Lawyer Based On Price?

You may believe that you cannot afford quality legal representation. However, it is not wise to base your decision on a defense attorney’s price. While the state does allow you a free court-appointed lawyer in cases of financial need, these public defenders do not have the same capacity as a private attorney to devote resources and attention to your case.

When facing criminal charges, and so much is on the line, you should hire an attorney based on quality-not price.

If you’re not sure you can afford an attorney, you should still reach out for a free consultation. We can discuss what kind of investment you might be looking at and suggest strategies for meeting that need.

If you need legal representation, contact Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, for a FREE consultation. We have valuable experience assisting clients in Cumberland County who need legal advice. Whether negotiating with the district attorney’s office or representing you at trial, we are the firm to provide the aggressive representation that you need. Our experienced attorneys will listen closely to what you have to say. We will answer your questions attentively and explain legal terms in plain English.

Your future is at stake. contact Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, today at 919-838-6643. Our firm can help you regain control of your present and protect your future.

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 an 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 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.