Modern glass office building
*For more information on membership standards and criterion for his inclusion please click here.

Charlotte Criminal Defense Lawyers

The terms Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense Lawyer mean different things to different people.  Frankly, sometimes how people perceive Defense Attorneys is a matter of perspective or personal circumstance.

Criminal Defense is a broad practice group for lawyers.  Sometimes we handle relatively minor matters, helping people understand the system, explore options, and limit the long-term consequences of a poor decision or momentary lapse of judgment.

The process, and the client’s stated goals of legal representation in more minor allegations, may involve a collaborative approach with the Office of the District Attorney.  That may include things like alcohol or drug treatment, community service, and restitution.

To some extent it is less “adversarial,” meaning the State of North Carolina, as a matter of policy, is more concerned with changing behavior and helping people learn through their mistakes, than causing long-term criminal records and the associated long-term personal consequences.

When is a Criminal Defense Lawyer the Best Course of Action?

In other matters, especially cases involving Serious Felonies such as Murder, Manslaughter, Felony Death and Assaults, Criminal Defense means something much more.  Criminal Defense Attorneys work with clients facing life-changing allegations and charges.

Sometimes a Criminal Defense Lawyer is one of the few people standing between the accused a long prison term.  That is not to say there are not protections built into the system.

Things like the Presumption of Innocence, Burden of Proof, and Guilt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt are more than mere platitudes.  Clients charged with criminal offenses need to understand the importance of the Constitutions of North Carolina and the United States, the Bills of Rights, and the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.

We have experience people helping clients charged with extremely serious felonies in North Carolina.

Representation involves more than obtaining treatment or accepting responsibility.  Given the facts and circumstances, it can be a long, arduous process involving the review of discovery materials, interviewing witnesses, filing and arguing Motions in Court, and ultimately presenting a Defense to a Jury of Peers.

A Defense Attorney That is On Your Side

We help people through difficult times.  We want clients to understand the charges and their options.  Lawyers work to balance and explain the best-case and worst-case scenarios to clients.

At Powers Landreth PLLC we often encounter people going through hard-times and in tough circumstances.  They are worried.  They are concerned.  They are confused and they don’t know which way to turn.

As experienced lawyers, we want to express compassion and concern, while also providing realistic legal advice and opinions.  There are times we are required to share hard truths.  The key to helping people, especially people facing criminal charges, is to do so with care, with concern, and without judging.

That’s what we do as Criminal Defense Lawyers.

At Powers Landreth we know you never anticipated needing a criminal defense attorney. We also know that once you need legal representation, finding an experienced criminal defense attorney is now a top priority. We believe that everyone deserves legal counsel, no case is too big or too small and we defend individuals from all walks of life who are in need of criminal representation.

Our accomplished team is led by attorney Bill Powers, a former Assistant Public Defender with more than 20 years of experience. We will provide you with zealous representation in any North Carolina criminal law matter including but not limited to:

We understand the sensitive nature of the charges you are facing and the potential impact a criminal charge and conviction can have on your personal and professional lives. Our goal is to help you minimize the impact of the charge or investigation so that you can put it behind you and move forward with your life.

If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal charge, you need legal representation. It is never too early to discuss a potential case with the law offices of Powers Landreth. We can help you understand what to expect as a case moves forward and can assist you in making the decisions necessary to put this case behind you. The first decision you should make in your criminal case is to contact us at (704) 342-4357.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
My daughter had a second DUI and when it all seemed hopeless, Bill was able to get the charges dropped. This is a man who is extremely knowledgeable, yet still keeps his integrity which was impressive to me. He handles himself with dignity. If you hire him, you will have the best of the best, along with his expansive intellect and wisdom about the law. Please don’t feel hopeless, when you can hire such a great attorney to be on your side.
★★★★★
Bill Powers’ staff has handled several traffic citations for me over the years, and they exceeded my expectations each and every time. Would highly recommend anyone faced with a traffic citation or court case contact his office and they will handle it from there. M.C.
★★★★★
I utilized Bill Powers and his firm after my DUI infraction in December 2011. During my initial consultation he immediately made me feel at ease with his knowledge of the law and his confidence in moving forward. Not to mention a great personality. He filled me in on all the ramifications and the process as a whole. I am a realist, and did not expect miracles. But Bill is stickler for procedure and that is what you need in a crises such as this. It took a good year, and the results were more than I could ever anticipate or hope for. I would have paid more had I known the results ahead of time. If you find yourself in a similar situation, trust me, he is your go to lawyer. J SJ