Our Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys in Moore County, North Carolina

If you are like most people, you have likely never dealt with the criminal justice system until law enforcement charged you with a crime. Facing criminal charges is incredibly scary and stressful. Once you understand the harsh penalties you are facing, the confusion and worry you are experiencing will only increase. At Marcilliat, & Mills, our attorneys have the necessary expertise to help you navigate the process and will work tirelessly to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case.

Our attorney Phylicia Powers is named in The National Black Lawyers Top 100, while attorney Kevin Marcilliat has been given a 10.0 “Superb” AVVO rating, with over 50 five-star reviews from former clients on Avvo. Kevin Marcilliat has also been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2019 Both Attorneys Powers and Marcilliat have been rated as AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell every year since 2021, an indication of the highest level of professional excellence as determined by peer evaluations.

What Penalties Do You Face for a Criminal Conviction in Moore County?

Marcilliat & Mills PLLC has advised thousands of clients facing minor misdemeanors to serious state and federal felony charges dating back to 2007.  A range of serious judicial and collateral consequences can be associated with conviction of a misdemeanor or felony offense.   The most common of these are as follows:

  • In felony cases, loss of the right to lawfully possess a firearm, and loss of other citizenship rights including the right to vote and hold public office
  • For military members, possible court-martial, administrative separation board, or other process to separate you from the military based on a civilian criminal charge
  • Court costs and high statutory fines, particularly for drug trafficking offenses
  • A jail or prison sentence
  • Court-ordered treatment in a substance abuse or alcohol program
  • Probation
  • For driving offenses, Revocation or suspension of your driver’s license
  • Revocation of a professional license, which could affect your livelihood if you are a lawyer, doctor, nurse, teacher, or pharmacist
  • For non-citizen clients, negative impacts on your immigration status including possible deportation or denial of naturalization
  • For sex offense allegations, a requirement to register on the sex offender registry,
  • A permanent criminal record that will follow you around for the rest of your life

What Criminal Charges are Most Common in Moore County?

In Moore County, there is an abundance of different criminal charges, but some of these are more common than others. These include:

  • Sex crimes including rape, sex offense, statutory rape, Second Degree Exploitation of a Minor (Receipt of Child Pornography), Third Degree Exploitation of a Minor (Possession of Child Pornography),  statutory sex offense, and Indecent Liberties with a Child.
  • Violent Crimes including Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill, Manslaughter, and other violent offenses
  • Drug offenses including Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver (“PWISD”), Trafficking, Maintaining a Dwelling for Use or Sale of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Controlled Substances
  • Offenses involving weapons: Most people in the country have the right to bear arms, but this is not true for everyone. Felony possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon without obtaining the proper permit to do so are some of the most common weapons offenses. Additionally, when a weapon is used during the commission of another crime, the penalties levied will be enhanced.
  • DWI: Known as driving under the influence in other states, North Carolina defines this crime as driving while impaired (DWI). A person can be charged with a DWI if they operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher or if they are under the age of 21 and have any alcohol in their system at all.n
  • Juvenile crimes: Not everyone who is accused of committing a crime is treated equally in North Carolina’s justice system. When juveniles are accused of committing an offense, they are processed through the juvenile system. There are times, though, when juveniles are still tried as adults. A Moore County criminal defense lawyer can advise on your case and give your child the best chance of a positive outcome.
  • Financial Crimes and Property offenses: embezzlement, Larceny by Employee, and  Common Law Robbery or Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon are just a few of the most common types of financial crimes and property-related offenses in Moore County. Regardless of whether these are charged as a misdemeanor or felony, harsh consequences may apply and a skilled criminal defense attorney is needed to advise you through the entire process.
  • Domestic violence offenses: These charges include Assault on a Female and Domestic Violence protective orders (DVPOs), Assault by Strangulation, and Domestic Violence Protective Order Violations.

The skilled North Carolina defense lawyers at the Marcilliat & Mills PLLC represent clients in the following practice areas:

Steps to Take After Being Charged With a Sex Offense

Rape, forcible sexual offenses, solicitation of a minor, and sexual battery are just some of the most common sex crimes prosecuted in Moore County. If you have been charged, you have rights, and it is critical that you exercise them. Do not speak to law enforcement or answer any of their questions. Also, you have the right to an attorney, and you should not offer any information until your attorney is present. If you do not follow these steps, you could seriously hurt your case and face some of the most serious penalties.

Steps to Take After Being Charged With a Federal Offense

Embezzlement, wire fraud, PPP fraud, mail fraud,  money laundering are just a few of the most common types of federal financial crimes.  Other common federal offenses include Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with intent to Distribute, Drug Conspiracy, and Child Pornography offenses including Receipt and Distribution. Just like if you have been charged with a sex offense, it is important that you do not speak to law enforcement or any federal investigators. Federal offenses are very different from state crimes, and the penalties are much harsher. Until you are represented by an experienced Moore County federal crimes lawyer, exercise your right to remain silent.  If you receive a target letter from the US Attorney’s Office, contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney immediately.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Moore County Can Help You Achieve the Best Possible Outcome in your case

Our Moore County criminal defense lawyers at Marcilliat & Mills PLLC understand that everyone is entitled to the best defense possible. This is why, even though we are based in Raleigh, our attorneys will visit you in Moore County and other surrounding areas to review your case and advise on the best legal strategy moving forward. Call us today at (919) 838-6643 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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