In North Carolina, felonies and most misdemeanors are subject to structured sentencing laws. Since 1994, sentences in criminal matters have been determined by a formula which takes into account the severity of the offense and the prior criminal record of the individual. Depending on the crime charged, and a person’s prior record, the law may mandate a particular punishment, such as an active prison sentence or a probationary sentence. In other situations, the law gives a judge the discretion to set the appropriate sentence. Thus it is important to know exactly what you are facing prior to going into a court and engaging in the criminal process.
First, you should fully understand the charge lodged against you. An experienced attorney can explain the parts, or elements, of the charge and determine whether the facts are sufficient to support that particular charge, a lesser charge, or no charge at all. Second, you should understand the potential legal consequences of your case. Your attorney can explain where your case fits within North Carolina’s structured sentencing laws and give you some idea of possible sanctions. Finally, you should understand the strength of the evidence in order to make an informed decision of how to proceed. After reviewing the evidence and the law, your attorney can advise you of the relative strength of the State’s case and give you the information necessary to decide whether to enter a plea, take the case to trial, or seek some alternative relief.
H. Sean Boone is an experienced criminal trial litigator who has served the people of Alamance County since 1996. He has tried over 100 jury trials in Alamance County Superior Court, including serious felonies such as High Level Drug Trafficking, Financial Crimes, Armed Robbery, Rape, Vehicular DWI homicide, and First Degree Capital Murder trials. In addition to his trial work, Mr. Boone has negotiated felony cases for thousands of defendants; his trial experience is not limited to felony cases in Superior Court.
Mr. Boone has prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor cases in Alamance County District Court, including DWIs, traffic offenses, drug offenses, underage alcohol violations, domestic assaults, and other misdemeanor cases. Additionally, he has worked extensively with the various “First Offender” programs which are available to those who qualify, and he can help to navigate through such programs with a goal of helping to keep a mistake from irreparably harming one’s long term goals. Our office can help you in all areas of North Carolina criminal law, including:
- Traffic and DWI
- Juvenile Court
- Probation Violations
- Bond Motions
Contact Walker, Bullard and Boone, PA for more information or to schedule a consultation. In addition to our Gibsonville office, you may also schedule a consultation at our Burlington office conveniently located in downtown Burlington at 804 South Church Street.