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VIOLENCE & WEAPONS

Violent Crime & Weapons Charges

Violent crime charges in North Carolina carry harsh penalties, with minimum mandatory sentencing over which judges have very little discretion. The North Carolina courts routinely sentence those charged with violent crimes to the most severe punishments and penalties possible, including but not limited to prison and crippling fines and fees.  

Prosecutors in North Carolina work aggressively to secure convictions in violent crime cases.  If you have been charged with a violent crime in North Carolina, irrespective of the particular circumstances or specific charges, you need legal counsel experienced in defending violent crime matters and curbing the ramifications that may attach to violent crime charges.  Having a record of a violent crime charge in your history can ruin your reputation and foreclose countless opportunities for your future, including employment, housing, and education.

Violent crimes include criminal acts which involve the use of weapons and/or violence. Violent crimes also include criminal acts involving the mere threat of violence. Depending upon the specific facts of your particular case, these crimes can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, and violent crimes can fall under the jurisdiction of state and federal courts.  The severity of the penalties associated with violent criminal behavior often corresponds to the depth of harm caused to the victim, whether a weapon was involved, and any history of past violence or conviction the accused may have. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help ensure your violent crime charges are resolved in the most favorable way possible under the applicable laws.  

At DeMent Askew & Johnson, we have been defending our clients against violent crimes charges for over 40 years.  Our criminal defense team has years of experience negotiating with prosecutors and defending our clients against violent crimes charges in Raleigh and across North Carolina, including but not limited to:

  • Armed robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Other weapons charges

Our criminal defense attorneys consider every angle of your case, scrutinize the prosecutor’s case for any errors, evidence for weaknesses, and possible violations or your rights while crafting your legal defenses to promote the best outcome possible. We provide prosecutors every plausible reason to drop or reduce your charges for our clients, ensuring efficient and effective criminal defense representation. If your case proceeds to trial, we are first and foremost trial attorneys and who stand ready and prepared to fight for you and your future.  Call us for consultation regarding your charges today.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE SUCCESS

Not Guilty, Refusal Revocation Rescinded; Willful Refusal to Take Breathalyzer Test

February 12, 2019

Client approaches a DWI roadblock. Smells of alcohol and performs ok on field tests though she does so some signs of NHTSA clues of impairment. She admits to drinking and blows positive for presence of alchol on the portable breath test. She is taken to the mobile breath testing bus at the checkpoint. She is…

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Motion to Suppress and Dismiss Granted for Lack of Probable Cause; No Reliable Evidence Suggesting Impairment After Speeding Stop

February 12, 2019

Motion to suppress and dismiss granted for lack of probable cause to arrest where my client was stopped for speeding, had an odor of alcohol, glassy eyes, admitted to drinking, as well as showed signs of impairment on the field sobriety tests. The court put little weight on the field sobriety tests because the officer…

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71% reduction in jail time acquired.

March 26, 2019

Client charged with level 3 trafficking in opiates which carried minimum mandatory sentencing of a minimum of 225 months (18 years 9 months) in prison. After months of negotiating with the prosecuting attorney and following a lengthy argument to the court, Defendant was sentenced to 65 months (5 years and 5 months) in prison with…

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No prison sentence for client facing 1 year.

June 4, 2019

Defendant charged with Level 2 DWI with one prior within 7 years. Was facing a potential sentence of 1 year in prison. Defendant attended a treatment program and really changed her life direction while the case was pending. We were able to get the judge to agree to accept the inpatient treatment as credit for…

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Not Guilty of DWI with Serious Collision; LEO Failed to Gather Specific Information from Driver Taken to Hospital with BAC of .17

February 12, 2019

Client charged with driving while impaired. LEOs respond to a serious collision where someone being taken to the hospital in EMS vehicle upon troopers arrival. The vehicle had flipped 2 times and landed in the median. Based upon information obtained at the scene, the LEO finds my client in the hospital with injuries consistent with…

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Not Guilty DWI – No Probable Cause

March 26, 2019

Client stopped for speeding. LEO smelled odor of MJ about clients person. LEO search revealed burned MJ blunt. Defendant performed poorly on all physical tests but told the officer he suffered from a herniated disk in his lower back. On the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) eye test there were no clues of impairment. A subsequent…

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Evidence Suppressed in DWI Case; Court Holds “No Reasonable and Articulable Suspicion” for Traffic Stop

February 12, 2019

All evidence suppressed in DWI case for an illegal stop where the LEO observed my client pause in a parking lot for 30 seconds before leaving the lot and then crossed a center line during a turn at an intersection. Held “No reasonable and articulable suspicion” for a traffic stop.

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Guilty Verdict of Less Significant Charges of Driving with License Revoked and Lane Violation; Charges Included DWI, Driving While License Revoked, and Hit and Run; No Jail Time

February 12, 2019

Client charged with DWI, driving while license revoked for impaired revocation, hit and run, and driving left of center. She was found on side of the road in driver’s seat 400 yards from a collision, showed clues of impairment on the field sobriety tests and blew a .10 on the breath test. Found not guilty…

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Client found not guilty in DWI case.

June 4, 2019

Defendant had a head-on collision with injuries to both parties. He was given field sobriety tests on the scene of the collision and did not perform well on those tests with the exception of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test where he showed no signs of impairment from any central nervous system depressant. He admitted…

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Defendant charged with 2 counts after his 7th impaired driving offense.

June 4, 2019

Defendant charged with 2 counts of habitual impaired driving on his 7th total offense.  Were able to negotiate a plea consolidating the sentence to one term of 28 months in prison where he was facing the potential for 10 years or more.

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CRIMINAL DEFENSE LEGAL SERVICES

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Raleigh Domestic Violence Attorney, Assault on a Female, Threats, Harassment, & Stalking, Violation of Protective Orders

PROPERTY CRIME

PROPERTY CRIME

Property Crime, Theft, Larceny & Embezzlement, Burglary and Breaking & Entering, Common Law Robbery

SEX CRIMES

SEX CRIMES

Sex Offenses, Statutory Sex Offense, Rape, Statutory Rape, and Date Rape, Child Pornography

OTHER SERVICES

OTHER SERVICES

DMV Hearings, Student Discipline, Honor Court, Underage Alcohol Offenses, Expungement of Criminal Record