Criminal & Traffic Law
Criminal and traffic cases are handled in some of the same courtrooms by the same judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, but the differences between them and potential consequences vary drastically.
Traffic tickets are typically quick and easy to resolve. A ticket will generally affect your driving record, not your criminal record, for three years. Usually the most serious issue related to a traffic ticket is the impact on your wallet. For more information about how the traffic court lawyers at Church Watson Law can help, click here.
Naturally, criminal charges are more serious. The potential consequences are scary. Criminal charges can result in damage to your reputation, creation of a permanent criminal record and jail time. For more information about how the criminal defense attorneys at Church Watson Law can help, click here.
We have over 18 years of experience dealing with both traffic and criminal cases; let us help you navigate this difficult path.
Criminal cases run the spectrum. There are offenses with relatively little punishment or even a dismissal of the charges for completing educational classes (like underage drinking or misdemeanor possession of marijuana); cases that may not include jail time, but will have a major impact on your life, record and reputation (DWI or domestic violence charges); and of course, more serious felonies (breaking and entering or felony assault).
When it comes to a criminal charge, much of what can happen to you depends on whether you have a previous record. You’ll have friends and family members who will give you advice or even tell you, “That happened to me — here’s what’s going to happen to you …” That advice is usually wrong.
If you’re charged with a crime, talk to us. We have years of experience in the criminal justice system and will be able to guide you to the best outcome for your case based on your circumstances. Just like other matters, our criminal law services are provided on a fixed-fee schedule, giving you one less unknown to worry about.
Thankfully, if you have a traffic ticket, the answer is, “No.”
However, even small matters can have big consequences for your driving record or your wallet if they are handled incorrectly. Friends, family, police and even the State of North Carolina will tell you what you should do to handle the ticket. Some tickets even give you the option to “just pay it online … it’s easy …” Unfortunately, most of this advice is either wrong or will be more expensive for you in the long run.
If you get a traffic ticket, let us help. We know the ins and outs of traffic law and will make sure your ticket is resolved at the least cost to you – both financially and for your record.
Flat Fee Structure for Criminal Law
For all of our criminal and traffic cases, we charge a flat fee. The amount of the fee depends on the seriousness of the charge and the amount of time that will be required to resolve the case. Our flat fees cover all of the attorney fees for your case. They are one-time fees due at the start of our representation and cover all contact between you and Church Watson Law (emails, phone calls, etc.), negotiation with the prosecutors and all court appearances, including a trial of your case, if necessary.
It would be nearly impossible to list each and every possible criminal or traffic charge, but below is a list of some of the more common charges that we handle and the fees. If you don’t see your charge below, please contact us for information on the fee for your case. We generally charge similar fees for similar types of charges.
|Driving While Impaired||$2,500|
|Speeding (less than 25 MPH over the limit)||$150|
|Speeding (more than 25 MPH over the limit)||$300|
|Driving While License Revoked||$500|
|Running a Stop Sign or Stop Light||$150|
|Passing a Stopped School Bus||$500|
|Underage Drinking or Alcohol Possession||$500|
|Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana||$500|
|Misdemeanor Domestic Violence or Assault||$1,500|
|Felony Drug Possession||$2,500|
|Felony Drug Sales||$5,000|
|Felony Drug Trafficking||$10,000|