Criminal Defense

Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney

Arrested? Call Venters Law Offices for a Free Consultation.

If you or a loved one are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, it is important to seek counsel from a qualified Raleigh criminal defense lawyer immediately. A conviction could mean substantial fines, years in prison, driver’s license suspension, and/or a lifetime criminal record.

At Venters Law Offices, we understand that people are wrongly accused all the time. Whether you have been accused of domestic violence, charged with drug possession, or arrested for assault, our experienced legal team is here to protect your rights. We can ensure that your side of the story is accurately represented and your rights adequately defended.


Before you say anything to the police, consult with our Raleigh criminal defense attorney at (919) 336-0200 today.


North Carolina State Criminal Defense

The majority of crimes are prosecuted at the state level. In other words, an offense that violates state laws are typically tried in state courts. Crimes handled by state courts are investigated by local law enforcement officials and state agents. They are prosecuted by state district attorneys or city attorneys.

Here are just a few examples of crimes that are prosecuted in state courts:

  • Theft
  • DUI
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Murder
  • Assault
  • Sex crimes

The severity of the penalty is determined by the seriousness of the offense. Less serious offenses are known as misdemeanors. In North Carolina, there are 4 categories of misdemeanors, with a Class A1 misdemeanor being the most serious, carrying a maximum jail sentence of 150 days and a discretionary fine.

More severe crimes are referred to as felonies. The classification and sentencing schedule for felonies in North Carolina is complex. Similar to misdemeanors, each crime is assigned a class. There are 10 classes of felonies, with a Class A incurring the harshest punishment of life without parole or death.

Federal Criminal Defense

There is a considerable difference between federal and state criminal defense. First of all, crimes at the federal level are investigated by federal officers, including FBI and DEA agents, and they are prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys. These federal prosecutors have many more resources and often prepare stronger cases.

One of the most significant differences between federal and state cases are the United States Sentencing Guidelines that govern the federal criminal process. These guidelines are extremely complicated and difficult to navigate.

Crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction include, but are not limited to:

  • Crimes that violate federal laws
  • Crimes that involve federal officers or are committed on federal property
  • Crimes that cross state lines
  • Immigration and customs violations
  • Federal tax fraud

Penalties for DWI in NC

In North Carolina, there are 5 levels of penalties for DWI -- the fifth level is the least severe.

  • Level 1: DWI with two gross aggravating factors, or involves a minor passenger

    • Fines: up to $4,000

    • Jail: 30 days to 24 months

  • Level 2: DWI with one gross aggravating factor

    • Fines: up to $2,000

    • Jail: 7 days to 12 months

For the remaining levels, there are no gross aggravating factors and the judge will look at the aggravating and mitigating factors.

  • Level 3:

    • Fines: Up to $1,000

    • Jail: 72 hours to 6 months

  • Level 4:

    • Fines: Up to $500

    • Jail: 48 hours to 120 days

  • Level 5:

    • Fines: Up to $200

    • Jail: 24 hours to 60 days

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Our attorney at Venters Law Offices has the skill and experience needed to take on the federal criminal justice system on your behalf, fighting to advance your best interests at every turn.

To learn more about your rights and options, call (919) 336-0200 today. We can assess your situation and begin building your legal strategy during a free initial consultation.

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At Venters Law Offices, our Raleigh criminal defense attorney is equipped to handle both federal and state cases. Whether you’ve been accused of committing a felony or misdemeanor, we can provide the aggressive representation required to get your charges reduced or dropped. When your future freedom is at stake, trust us to handle your case with the utmost care and steadfast commitment.

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