Criminal law is the body of law addressing violations of a state’s penal code, or in lay terms, breaking the law. If you have been arrested, ticketed or are the subject of a governmental investigation, you should immediately contact a criminal attorney to assist you in defending yourself in charges made against you by the state. The criminal process, including arrest, arraignment, grand juries, pleas, discovery, pretrial hearings, trials, jury selection, evidence, motions, and posttrial remedies can be confusing. The attorneys at The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC have extensive experience representing criminal clients and assisting them in this process. The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC handles a wide variety of criminal matters, including the following:

DWI/DUI

North Carolina has some of the strictest laws regarding DWI (driving while impaired) and DUI (driving under the influence). If you are arrested and charged with either DWI or DUI, you may face very serious ramifications, including the suspension or revocation or your drivers license, jail time and fines, all of which can affect you in numerous ways. The process from the time you are pulled over through sentencing, including confusing sentencing guidelines, is complicated. An experienced attorney from The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC can guide you through this process and defend you against the charges made. The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC has extensive experience in successfully defending DWI cases and can do so throughout the state.

Traffic Offenses

  • Speeding
  • Hit and run
  • Driving while license is revoked or suspended
  • Reckless driving
  • Running red lights
  • Illegal street racing, also called drag racing
  • Fictitious or canceled tags

Drug Offenses

  • Drug trafficking
  • Simple possession
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession with intent to sell or deliver

Theft

  • Shoplifting
  • Burglary
  • Identity theft
  • Fraud
  • Unlawful concealment
  • Breaking and entering in motor vehicles

Expunctions

For a variety of reasons, people often wish to have their criminal records expunged. These may include anything from wishing to remove an embarrassing blot from one’s personal history to a better chance at obtaining employment or renting an apartment. In order to have your criminal record expunged, there are various requirements that must be met. You may be able to have your record expunged if you were found not guilty, or the charges were dismissed for various reasons, including, lack of probable cause, mistake, false information or lack of evidence. You may also be able to have your criminal record expunged if you were under the age of 18 at the time of the conviction and have had a clean record since. The process of having your record expunged can be complicated and an experienced attorney at The Rizzo Law Firm, PLLC can assist you through that process.