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The Most Common Criminal Offenses in the U. S.

We have over 40 years of combined experience as criminal lawyers in Greensboro, representing individuals on issues ranging from traffic tickets, to DUI defense, to misdemeanors, and all the way up to Capital Felonies. Ivey McClellan’s criminal defense attorneys in Greensboro can ably defend you in a criminal case, whether you’ve been charged with one of the most common criminal offenses listed below or a capital offense. We have engaged in capital trials as well as appeals to the N.C. Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

  1. Drug Related Offenses: Possession of controlled substances (prescription medications with intent to sell) or illicit drugs (cocaine, heroin) for your personal use or intent to sell; drug paraphernalia; drug distribution and/or trafficking; manufacture of drugs (methamphetamines); and cultivation of drugs (marijuana) are all drug related criminal offenses.
  2. Theft includes larceny (used interchangeably with theft), embezzlement, extortion, and fraud. Theft of property valued over a specified amount is usually termed grand theft or grand larceny.
  3. Burglary is the act of entering a building unlawfully, whether a residence or a business, with the intent to steal, rape, murder, or commit any other felonious offense.
  4. Robbery is differentiated from theft in that it involves direct threatened contact with one or more victims.
  5. Assault & Battery is construed as making violent physical connection with another individual. Attempted assault is swinging and missing or the act of making threatening gestures that makes another individual feel they are about to be assaulted. Assault is any act that creates intimidation or apprehension. Battery is any harmful, offensive, or sexual contact forced upon another individual.
  6. Sex Crimes include rape, prostitution, molestation, statutory rape, child enticement and sexual abuse, child pornography (known as sexual exploitation of a minor in NC), sexting, and obscenity are a few of the offenses included in sex crimes.
  7. Disorderly Conduct. Public intoxication; loitering; fighting; unreasonable noisemaking that continues after a request to cease; disrupting a lawful assembly; and unlawful assembly with intent to disturb the peace or engage in tumultuous conduct are examples of disorderly conduct.
  8. Deliberate damage or destruction to either public or private property. Vandalism is common in cemeteries and houses of worship.
  9. Forgery includes passing bad checks and writing checks on someone else’s bank account without their knowledge or consent. Counterfeiting is also classified as forgery but it a federal offense handled by the U. S. government.
  10. Traffic offenses are without a doubt the most common cases tried in the court system today. Speeding and reckless driving are the most common; DUI and driving while impaired (DWI) are traffic offenses related to the consumption of alcohol as well as prescription drugs.

Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, felony, or a capital offense, the criminal defense attorneys at Ivey McClellan can provide a high level of representation in improving the outcome of your case.

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