If you are accused of a felony in North Carolina, the impact on your personal rights and your future can be very significant. Those who are convicted of felonies are barred from holding certain jobs, for example, or, in many instances, from owning firearms. The felony is going to sit on your permanent record, so it will show up if a potential employer decides to do a background check, and the job may go to someone else.
However, this does not mean that you have no legal options. Your first recourse may be to fight the charges, but what if you don't think that you can shake them? What if you are fairly certain that you are going to be convicted, and you're not sure what to do?