Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer
Facing criminal charges can be a frightening experience. You may worry about going to jail or how this may affect your record. You may feel embarrassed or believe the officer treated you unfairly. A criminal conviction can affect your freedom, your ability to find work, your reputation and your family. With so much at risk, half-measures won’t suffice. You need experience when it matters most. You need the skilled and aggressive representation of North Carolina criminal defense attorney Andrew McCoppin.
Mr. McCoppin has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of people accused of crimes. As a former Wake County Assistant District Attorney with over 20 years of experience defending people charged with crimes, Mr. McCoppin can identify the strengths in your case and use them to your advantage. At McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., our goal is to keep you out of jail and avoid convictions. Our strategy is to plead Not Guilty, force the prosecutors to prove their case and prepare for trial. A plea bargain is our last resort.
Don’t hesitate to contact Andrew McCoppin if you need aggressive legal representation.
Violent Crimes – Assault
An assault is when one person tries to touch another person in a violent way without permission. A battery is a successful assault. North Carolina law combines assault and battery into a single offense called assault. It can be a punch, push, smack, spitting at someone, throwing something at someone, etc ., The circumstances surrounding an assault may greatly affect your case at court.
Assaults are classified by the injury caused, the type of weapon used and the vulnerability of the alleged victim. For example, a simple assault is a class a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by no more than 60 days in jail. If the same assault causes serious bodily injury, then it may be charged as a Class A1 misdemeanor punishable by no more than 150 days in jail. If the same assault included the use of a deadly weapon, then it may be charged as a class E felony punishable by up to 98 months in jail. If the alleged victim was a child, student, patient or handicapped person, then the penalties may be more sever. The range of penalties varies greatly depending upon how an alleged assault is charged.
Several affirmative defenses may excuse or justify your actions including:
- Defense of another
- Defense of property
- Mistake or accident
Let us use our years of experience defending people to help you avoid or minimize your risk of incarceration.
Violent Crimes – Robbery
Robbery is taking property from a another person. Robbery without the threat of violence is called Larceny From A Person. It is a Class H felony punishable by up to 30 months in prison. If the Robbery included the threat of violence, then it is a Class G felony punishable by up to 38 months in prison. If a dangerous weapon was used, then the robbery is a class D felony with a mandatory presumptive sentence of 51 months in prison. For a Class D felony, probation is unavailable, even for a first offender. For the exact same crime, some people may receive long prison sentences and others may receive probation depending upon how their lawyer presents the case to the prosecutor, the jury and the judge.
Other violent offenses include the following:
- Homicide (murder)
- Rape or sexual assault
- Damage to property
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Cruelty to animals
- Breaking and Entering
Contact a Raleigh Violent Crimes Lawyer
At McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., we provide an aggressive defense for people charged with crimes of violence. We understand how the prosecution handles these cases, and we know the defense tactics and arguments that are most effective. Don’t leave your future in the hands of just any attorney; contact a Raleigh criminal defense attorney today at 919-481-0011 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Hablamos español.
Theft, Larceny, Embezzlement Defense Attorney
When you are charged with a crime such as theft, larceny or embezzlement, a conviction will remain on your record forever. That’s why it’s so important that you have an experienced white collar crimes attorney on your side. Contact McCoppin & Associates if you need a Raleigh theft lawyer!
Raleigh Theft Lawyers Protecting Wake County Individuals From Larceny Charges
The lawyers at McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., assist people throughout Wake County North Carolina, and surrounding areas. Andrew McCoppin is our criminal defense attorney who handles nothing but criminal defense cases. As a former assistant district attorney, he can identify the strengths in your case and use them to your advantage. He has the experience and knowledge to find the best argument possible to fight your case.
The law guarantees you with the right to remain silent — that means do not speak to anyone about your case except your lawyer. The police officers and prosecutors are trying to convict you. They will use everything you say against you in court. Before speaking with anyone else about your situation, contact a Wake County attorney by calling 919-481-0011.
We handle all felony and misdemeanor charges, including:
- Larceny or theft — is taking someone else’s property. It can be charged as a petty offense (misdemeanor larceny if the item was valued at less than $1,000, or as grand theft (felony larceny if the item was valued at more than $1,000)
- Embezzlement — is taking property or money from your employer. It is always charged as a felony regardless of the value of the property or money taken.
- False Pretense — is the unauthorized presentation of something to another person and receiving something of value in return. It includes pawning or selling stolen property, falsifying business or financial documents and using money for unauthorized purposes.
Contact an Experienced Embezzlement Defense Attorney Today
At McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., we will investigate your case and seek out the best resolution. Regardless of the severity of the crime you are charged with, you have rights. We will use every tactic and strategy available to protect your rights, your freedom and your record.
To speak with a Wake County white collar crimes attorney about your case, contact us today at 919-481-0011. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will travel to you, if necessary. Hablamos español.
Cary, Apex, Raleigh, North Carolina criminal defense attorney
McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., represents people charged with felony offenses throughout all of North Carolina’s State and Federal Courts. Mr. McCoppin also represents people charged with misdemeanor crimes in Wake County including North Carolina, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon, Fuquay Varina and Holly Springs.
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime, don’t hesitate to contact McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A. You’re guaranteed personalized and professional representation from beginning to end, from an attorney certified as a criminal law specialist by the North Carolina State Bar. Mr. McCoppin will personally appear with you in court at each stage of your case.
The officers and prosecutors are trying to convict you. They will use everything you say against you in court. The only person you can speak to confidentially is your lawyer. Attorney McCoppin can help you fight your charges to protect your freedom and your record.
Please contact Andrew McCoppin for a free consultation by calling 919-481-0011 or filling out this convenient online contact form. Don’t take chances with your future—obtain the services of McCoppin & Associates, Attorneys at Law, P.A., today.