We have represented clients on charges ranging from simple drug possession to First Degree Murder. We have over 50 years of criminal law experience in North Carolina, there are few (if any) charges we have not been exposed to since opening our offices in 1991.
We have defended clients in Local District Court, Superior Court, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. We have also represented clients in Federal District Court, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Bill also has experience dealing with DMV hearings and UNC Honor Court proceedings, and will make those appearances for clients as needed.
Bill and Marilyn are among the most experienced appellate attorneys in the state. Together they have represented 24 men on death row on appeal or in post-conviction. In addition to capital work, Marilyn does non-capital state and federal criminal appeals.
Driving While Impaired
It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle on a public vehicular area after having consumed enough alcohol to result in having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher at any relevant time after driving, or while you are under the influence of an impairing substance. In most cases, after being charged with DWI your license will automatically be revoked for 30 days. After 10 days you may be eligible for a limited privilege.
A charge of DWI is not a conviction of DWI, upon investigating the facts with you and the arresting officer we will review any other existing evidence (videos, reports, etc.). The state must prove the officer had a reasonable suspicion to stop you, that the officer had probable cause to arrest you, and finally that the state processed you correctly once you were in their custody.
Mr.Massengale has handled thousands of DWI cases in Orange and Chatham County. Mr.Massengale knows how to get the facts and dissect the case and then proceed. Additionally, Bill can help you with your license restoration, substance abuse treatment, interlock devices, and whatever else may stem from your charge or conviction. Call him today for a free consultation.
Most people who receive a traffic citation think that it is not a big deal and will not affect them in the long run if they just pay it off, and those people are wrong. A traffic offense could potentially affect you two ways. First, a violation can cause exponential increases in your insurance rates . Secondly, a violation can cause a revocation or suspension of your license. We can help you save money on your insurance and protect your driving privilege, often without you having to appear in court.
An experienced and competent attorney can help guide you through the process and explain your options to you. In most cases the ticket can be reduced and sometimes even dismissed.
Mr. Massengale has handled thousands of traffic tickets during his legal career, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney in the area. Give him a call today for a free consultation.
In North Carolina over 1 million people have a criminal record. A criminal record can be the result of an arrest or a conviction, and can carry heavy collateral consequences even after a person has had the charge dismissed, done his or her jail time, or completed probation or parole. A criminal record can keep a person from employment, educational opportunities, and housing. Overcoming a criminal record is a daunting challenge for anyone to navigate, fortunately there are opportunities for relief.
An expungment is a court order to destroy a criminal record and purge it from their system. If you have a charge expunged you are legally allowed to deny that you were ever charged for, or convicted of, that offense. New legislation has created several different types of expunge that you may qualify for. Contact us to learn about how to clean up your record.