Raleigh Criminal Defense FAQs

Being charge with a crime can be scary. The affects of a criminal conviction are far reaching and long lasting. Since their are no guarantees, you are placing your trust in a criminal defense attorney. DeMent Askew understands what you are going through; we’ve helped countless people navigate their legal battle to a successful conclusion. In most cases, your initial consultation is free. So when you’re ready to talk to a lawyer, reach out to us. Until then, we hope these FAQs are helpful.

You are under arrest when law enforcement officers take you into custody or deprive you of your freedom of movement to question you about a criminal offense. 
You are legally permitted to represent yourself in most criminal proceedings; however, the mandatory minimum sentences for even the first offense can be severe, it is a good idea to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the law and can advise you on the facts of your case.
The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the severity of the crime and the penalty imposed. A misdemeanor is generally a crime where the maximum penalty is one year or less in jail and fines of up to $2,500. Conviction of a felony in state court can result in jail or prison time for more than one year, up to $25,000 in fines, and can also result in other serious legal repercussions.
Federal courts are established by the United States government to decide disputes involving the United States constitution and laws passed by Congress. Federal courts have a more limited jurisdiction than state courts and generally decide cases in which the United States is a party, cases involving a violation of federal laws or the constitution, cases between citizens of different states, and cases involving bankruptcy, patent law, and maritime law. State courts are established by state, county, or city government and handle a larger number and broader variety of cases than the federal courts. While they are required to enforce the federal laws and constitution, they are mostly responsible for enforcing the state laws and the North Carolina constitution.

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