Criminal Law – Traffic, State & Federal Offenses

Protecting your rights

The U.S. Constitution provides you with rights if you have been charged with breaking the law. For more than five decades, the attorneys at the Raleigh, NC offices of Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP, have ensured that if you have been charged with a criminal offense we live up to our motto that, "Every person who walks through our door is important to us!" No matter the offense, all of your rights are protected, and your best interests are our top priority.

Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyers

The Raleigh attorneys at Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP have extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation. Criminal cases, whether it be a misdemeanor, felony, state or federal crime - are complex. Below we have outlined the types of cases we handle and brief descriptions of each. Our criminal law FAQs page provides answers to typical questions about criminal matters, and explains how our attorneys may be able help. Given the potential for long sentences and large penalties, the stakes can be very high. This is why you need the attorneys at Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP on your side — protecting your rights, freedom and reputation.

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Traffic Violations

Most of the roughly 14 million annual traffic tickets are considered "misdemeanors," the legal category for less severe instances of wrong-doing. However, while traffic violations, particularly speeding, may seem a minor, these charges can result in significant fines, higher long-term insurance premiums, and even the loss of your driver's license. It is your right to dispute any ticket you think was given unfairly. Before you automatically plead guilty and pay a fine - consider that a successful dispute could:

  • Save you thousands in court and insurance penalties
  • Protect your permanent driving record
  • Stop your insurance rates from dramatically increasing
  • Keep your driving privileges

DWI/DUI

In North Carolina, driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are serious offenses and law enforcement officials will try to determine if you are driving while impaired. Numerous issues can arise regarding your rights when stopped, and your rights in what is likely to happen next. A skilled lawyer is your best way to deal with all aspects of the legal process when facing a DWI/DUI charge.

Drug Crimes

Whether you have broken the law by using illegal drugs, dealing them or behaving improperly while under their influence, the charges against you can be life altering. Representation by experienced criminal lawyers can make a difference in the outcome of your case.

Felony & Misdemeanor Charges

Criminal offenses are usually categorized into misdemeanors and felonies, and the classification is up to the discretion of the court. Common types of misdemeanors include; assault, possession and even some traffic violations. Felonies are more serious crimes and are usually punishable by imprisonment. Types of felonies may include; sexual assault, drug crimes, DUI and theft. Every situation is unique and the seriousness of the charge, as well as the accused’s past criminal history will contribute to the sentence. If you have been accused of a felony or misdemeanor charge, you need help preparing your defense and preserving your rights - contact our attorneys today.

Federal Criminal Law

Federal crimes in North Carolina, unlike state offenses, are worked by different law enforcement and courts than state crimes. Types of federal matters may include; white collar crime, drug charges, fraud, identity theft, corruption, bribery, conspiracy and weapons charges. If you are facing a federal charge an experienced federal criminal defense attorney can help.

Assaults

If the police have been called because of your alleged physical violence against another person, you already have major legal problems and need an attorney. Let a Hatch, Little & Bunn experienced criminal lawyer be at your side as your representative.

Thefts

If you, a friend or family member is a suspect in the theft of someone else's property, or the sale of stolen merchandize, our skilled criminal attorneys will not only ensure you are treated justly but also help you make smart decisions about your future.

Frequently Asked Questions

To read more about the types of crimes described above and how our attorneys can help, visit our FAQs page.

There is no substitute for experience

The bottom line is that if you are being investigated, are a suspect or have been questioned in a criminal case, you will face formidable opponents whose intent is to prove your guilt. Your freedom, license, job, finances and record are too important to risk defending yourself or placing yourself in the hands of an unproven lawyer. A Raleigh criminal defense attorney at Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP can provide the experienced legal help you need to ensure you are treated fairly.

Serving North Carolina clients for more than 50 years

Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP has provided comprehensive legal services to individuals and businesses in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Wake County and throughout North Carolina from offices by the state capitol for over half a century. Our attorneys are licensed to practice before all North Carolina state and federal courts. Call (919) 899-9827 today, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys about your concerns.