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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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Choosing The Right Criminal Defense Attorney – What Type of Lawyer Do I Need?

Choosing the right criminal defense attorney can make a huge difference in your legal defense, and if it comes that far, your sentencing. Just like you wouldn’t want an orthopedic surgeon performing your brain surgery, you wouldn’t choose a corporate or probate lawyer to handle your criminal defense. While these attorneys may be adept at handling business filings and estates, you want a knowledgeable attorney that practices criminal defense every day. You want an attorney that knows all of the key players in the criminal courtroom, the judges and the DA’s, and has a phenomenal reputation in the criminal legal community. How do you know the right attorney to hire?

You need an attorney experienced in and regularly focused on United States jurisprudence if you’ve been accused of breaking federal law. Crimes that fall under federal offenses are most often called “white collar crimes,” meaning non-violent crimes that are financially motivated such as bank fraud, tax evasion, forgery, copyright infringement, and identity theft. Bernie Madoff was convicted in 2009 of committing one of the most notorious federal crimes in U. S. history by defrauding many individuals out of millions of dollars with what is known as a Ponzi scheme.

You want a Greensboro criminal attorney that is experienced in defending misdemeanor and felonies committed under the North Carolina General Statutes if you’ve been accused of breaking state or local law. A few examples of the kinds of cases these attorneys handle are traffic citations, drug convictions, DWI (driving while impaired), violent crimes that result in serious injury or death of one or more persons, aggravated assault, breaking and entering, theft, and vandalism.

You need a criminal defense attorney to advise you of your rights and to stand with and represent you in court. It is wise and advisable to hire an attorney to zealously represent your interests regardless of the criminal offense, from a minor traffic citation, to accusations of shoplifting, to having been found in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia or the manufacture thereof, as well as a host of other offenses under the North Carolina General Statutes.

IMGT recommends that you meet with several different attorneys that practice criminal defense before entering into an agreement for services with any of them. You need to know whether the attorney that will represent you:

  • Is skilled in the art of negotiation
  • Is well-established in the community in which you will be tried
  • Has the resources and the time to dedicate to your defense
  • Has a reputation for being dedicated to their clients interests, and
  • Has the time and desire to answer your questions in a way you can understand


Contact our Greensboro criminal lawyers to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. IMGT is a trusted firm in the legal community dedicated to representing its clients to the fullest extent possible.

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July 2014 News

On July 28, 2014 Partner Darren McDonough and IMGT successfully defended a foreclosure action where IMGT’s client had made an agreement with the Bank to satisfy the mortgage. The client paid the agreed upon amount and the Bank still filed the foreclosure action. IMGT and Partner Darren McDonough were able to get the bank to dismiss the foreclosure action. Making sure that IMGT fully represented our clients interests, Darren McDonough wasn’t satisfied with just getting the foreclosure action dismissed. Instead, IMGT and our client then instituted an action to get the outstanding mortgage cancelled with no additional payment, which resulted in a positive result for our client.

On July 24-27, 2014 Partner Samantha K Brumbaugh attended the American Bankruptcy Institute‘s 19th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Conference, held in Amelia Island, Florida. The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) is the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. At the conference, Samantha K Brumbaugh attended seminars and workshops presented by some of the leading bankruptcy attorneys in practice today, as well as presentations by several Federal Bankruptcy Judges. IMGT was proud to send Samantha to this conference, and is excited to see the new and innovative strategies and approaches she has picked up from the conference.

On July 18, 2014 Partner Darren McDonough and IMGT successfully defended an action for alienation of affections and criminal conversation. The plaintiff sought damages against the IMGT client in excess of $10,000. After completing discovery and mediation, the plaintiff took a dismissal of all claims, which was filed on July 18th. This is the second action for alienation of affection and criminal conversation that Darren McDonough has successfully defended in the last couple of years. The prior action involved a claim for $1,000,000 that settled just before a jury was picked, with a dismissal of the criminal conversation claim and a settlement of $50 for the alienation of affection claim.

July 4, 2014 – IMGT would like to wish everyone a Happy Independence day and extend a thank you to all those who served. Happy July 4th!

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