Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about a Guilford County legal issue?  We have answers!  Below are a few frequently asked questions, but we hope you will contact us to discuss your legal matter.  We put our extensive experience, as an Attorney and former Judge, to work for you in handling your legal problems.

Do I Need An Attorney For A Criminal Case?2020-02-02T23:51:57-05:00

When you first appear in court, you will be asked whether you want to represent yourself, hire your own attorney, or (if you cannot afford an attorney) have the court appoint the public defender’s office to represent you.  (However, some low level offenses do not qualify for a court-appointed attorney.)  With any criminal charge, there are many factors that can affect the outcome of your case.  You should seriously consider having legal representation; whether you hire your own attorney or have the court appoint one to represent you.  The consequences of not having sound legal advice about the issues and options in your case can have an unwanted negative impact on your future.

Is A Public Defender As Good As A Private Attorney?2020-02-02T23:58:41-05:00

Yes, an attorney in the Public Defender’s office is just as good as a private attorney.  We have an excellent Public Defender’s office in Guilford County.  They are some of the hardest working attorneys around, especially in light of their massive case load.  They operate under the same ethical duty as every other attorney, which is to zealously represent the legal interest of their clients.  If there are any differences in having a private attorney represent you, it may be the luxury of spending more time with each client discussing the facts of the case and options available.  We try to provide that extra one-on-one contact to help guide you through the process.

Do I Need An Attorney For My Divorce?2020-02-03T13:48:13-05:00

It is possible to handle your divorce without an attorney; however, there are several things to consider before doing so.

  1. Filing the proper paperwork. There are procedures for filing a divorce case, including having the right information provided in the paperwork.  Not having the correct information and forms can result in delays or a dismissal of the divorce case.
  2. Serving the other party. Before the divorce can go forward, the lawsuit has to be properly served on the spouse.  This can often be difficult because there are specific rules to follow and sometimes the spouse’s whereabouts are unknown.
  3. Waiving your other rights. When filing for a divorce, there are certain rights that may be waived if not included in the divorce pleading.  You will not be able to have the divorce court address your property rights, including house, money, or personal items.

These are just a few areas where people often make mistakes and why you should have an attorney involved.  You may end up spending more money and time trying to handle the matter yourself, than if you had hired an attorney to handle it for you.  At a bare minimum, you should have a consultation with an attorney to fully understand your rights.

Where Can I Find My Court Date?2020-02-03T15:04:13-05:00

North Carolina provides a website where you can find your court date for criminal and traffic cases, which can be accessed here.  However, there are times when your case may not show for different reasons.  Sometimes, the case hasn’t been put in the system, yet, or an officer has not turned in the citation, or the court date has already passed.  The website is a helpful tool, but it may not provide all the information you need.  Contacting an attorney will give you peace of mind in knowing why a case does not appear; particularly, if you missed a court date and may have an Order pending for your Arrest.

What Should I Do If I Missed Court?2020-02-03T15:39:11-05:00