State v. J.A. – First Degree Rape
If you have been charged with domestic violence, there is one critical thing you must remember: The prosecutor prefers getting you and your family the help you need to the alternative of throwing you in jail and turning your family’s life upside down.
At Marcilliat & Mills PLLC, we work with prosecutors to address the root issues of a case and protect the rights and good names of our clients. This includes enrolling our clients in anger management and domestic violence counseling programs where appropriate. Completion of such programs usually results in avoiding a conviction and associated consequences. This is the best outcome for all involved, including parents and their children.
There’s an old saying that “if the police get called to a domestic incident, someone is going to jail.” There are exceptions, but it nearly always holds true. Chances are someone is going to get put into a police car and brought to the station when accusations of domestic violence are leveled in the heat of a fight.
It is not uncommon for an accuser to feel differently the morning after. Unfortunately, getting the charges dropped once the ball starts rolling is no longer a decision for the accuser; it’s a decision for the prosecutor.
Attorney Patrick Roberts‘ experience as a prosecutor in North Carolina is crucial because he knows what it is like to be in their shoes. He has received valuable training in handling domestic violence cases and brings this perspective to every domestic violence defense case he handles for our clients in Charlotte and surrounding communities.
We are prepared for every step of the legal process and equipped to provide a strong defense to those facing:
Getting help for domestic violence charges is not something to put off, and you cannot assume it will take care of itself. Do not wait until you find yourself on the wrong side of a protective order to seek the advice of a defense attorney. The sooner you get an attorney on your side, the sooner you can find out what can be done to protect your rights. It may be possible to get an order lifted or prevent a stay-away order from being issued in the first place.
It sounds harsh, but the words of repentance or conciliation you hear from your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend or whoever are worthless right now. It is not up to them to lift the protective order. If you are found in violation of the order, “she said I could come over” will not persuade the judge to go easy on you. Your best bet is to stay away from the aggrieved party and let your lawyer do the talking.
Domestic violence is a serious issue in our society, and allegations of abuse should never be taken lightly. Unfortunately, it is not beyond some people to level allegations of abuse in order to gain the upper hand in family law proceedings or otherwise punish someone.
We have seen the tremendous impact that false allegations can have on all aspects of an alleged abuser’s life. These cases are about far more than a criminal charge; they are about a person’s reputation, their freedom and their future. You can turn to us for a strong defense of your rights and your good name from a domestic violence lawyer with a proven record of success.
Allegations of domestic abuse often result in protective orders. These orders serve an important purpose, protecting the victims of domestic violence crime from their abusers. Unfortunately, they can also be wielded as a weapon by jilted lovers, quarreling spouses, or other parties.
If a protective order is keeping you from your children or your home, it is crucial to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer from our firm. We will be an advocate for your rights and work to make sure your side of the story is heard as we pursue a timely resolution of your case.
There are exceptions, but most domestic violence cases stem from underlying issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, and other personal problems. Any solution that fails to address these issues is woefully incomplete.
Our firm has extensive experience partnering with social service agencies to get our clients the help they need to position themselves for a better future. For first-time offenders, a diversionary program can help avoid the serious consequences of a criminal conviction.
Contact us today to discuss the circumstances of your domestic violence case with a seasoned criminal defense attorney. We offer a free consultation.
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.
State v. J.A. – First Degree Rape
State v. B.S. – First Degree Murder
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State v. J.A. – First Degree Rape
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