Questions About Criminal Charges

If I received a telephone call or a letter from a police officer that concerns me in any way, what should I do?

ANSWER: You should immediately contact a lawyer. You may very well give out information that could either incriminate you or appear to incriminate you. Obtaining advice from a lawyer before responding is absolutely crucial.

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Does talking to the police increase or decrease my chances of being arrested?

ANSWER: That is a difficult question. We believe that our clients should first look at the effect on their overall lives before giving information to the police or any third party about any potential crime, whether they are guilty or not. For that reason, contact the attorneys at Roberts Law Group, PLLC, or other competent Charlotte criminal defense attorneys that handle criminal matters before having any contact with the police.

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If I have a question regarding a criminal matter, who should I talk to?

ANSWER: Criminal law within the past several years has become a very sophisticated specialty. While we feel that we are the best attorneys in our community to assist you, it is crucial that you find someone who has extensive experience in the area of criminal law as it is a changing specialty.

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Are the police required to read me what are known as my Miranda rights?

ANSWER: Not always and this is one of the most vulnerable areas for citizens. Unless you are in custody or another narrow area as defined by our courts applies, the reading of Miranda rights is not necessarily required and the police can very often obtain incriminating information by having just a general conversation with you.

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If I give an oral statement, can that hurt me?

ANSWER: In North Carolina and in almost all jurisdictions, an oral statement is admissible in court against a criminal defendant and can often be as damaging as a written statement. Again, before giving any statement to a law enforcement officer, contact our experienced North Carolina criminal defense lawyers.

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How do I know whether the attorney I am speaking with has experience in the area of criminal law affecting me?

ANSWER: Don't be bashful. Ask the attorney what his or her background is, how many cases he or she has tried in this particular area, what percent of his or her practice involves criminal law and other questions you would ask before entering into a business arrangement with anyone.

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When is the best time to contact a criminal attorney?

ANSWER: As soon as you have reason to believe that you may have done something illegal or inappropriate or whether the police, or another party, indicate that you may have done something illegal or inappropriate. If you are under investigation, do not wait until you are arrested and/or charged with a crime to speak with an attorney.

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For More Answers

Do you have questions that have not been answered here? Contact the Charlotte office of Roberts Law Group, PLLC, by calling 800-511-7869 or contacting us online.

North Carolina vs. M.W.
Charge: Charge: Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon (4 Counts), First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon
Facing: 12 - 17 years in prison
Result: Dismissed

An incarcerated defendant accused our client of participating in the robbery of a group of youth at a party. We were able to raise doubt as to the credibility of this individual. In the end, the prosecutor dismissed these charges, citing a lack of evidence.