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Criminal Defense Lawyers in Charlotte and Nearby Areas

Johnson & Nicholson provides clients with criminal defense representation in Charlotte, North Carolina and nearby areas. We work to protect each client from incarceration and a possible criminal record when applicable.

Contact us today for a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte and western North Carolina.

Seek Legal Help Immediately After an Arrest

Johnson & Nicholson’s criminal defense attorneys proudly serve clients in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. We will protect a client upon arrest for an alleged crime. Our attorneys firmly protect your constitutional freedom and rights.

As expert immigration defense lawyers in Charlotte, we proudly serve immigrants on various matters in Mecklenburg and Union County.

Call us at (704) 325-8057 for a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte or western North Carolina.

Johnson & Nicholson provides legal representation for the following criminal offenses:


“Driving While Impaired” (DWI) is a serious offense and can result in severe outcomes. We diligently work to defend the client’s rights by thoroughly examining evidence against the client and how law enforcement handled an arrest.

DWI Penalties

DWI penalties can be life-changing, and having a knowledgeable DWI attorney is crucial

If you have been caught behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more, you can face severe consequences such as a one-year driver’s license suspension, up to 3 years in jail, and a $4,000 fine.

Learn more about DWI penalties and how we can act as your DWI attorney in Charlotte and help you protect your rights.

Felony DWI

DWI is a misdemeanor under most conditions but reaches the level of felony upon the fourth DWI arrest within 7 years.

North Carolina punishes habitual DWI offenders with a minimum active jail term of one year, no part of which may be suspended with probation.

Learn more about felony DWI and learn how we can help you protect your rights.

Vehicular Manslaughter

If you were involved in a fatal car accident while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. The charge is a felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Under certain circumstances you can also be charged with an aggravated felony, resulting in deportation action against you.

Learn more about vehicular manslaughter and learn how we can help protect your rights.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence includes a list of crimes that can lead to a sentence of 150 days in jail.  Many domestic violence arrests are based on false allegations or misunderstandings. Therefore, it is vital to begin working on your defense as early as possible to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.

Learn about domestic violence and learn how we can help you protect your rights.

Drug Crimes

If you have been arrested for any type of drug crime, it is advisable to retain an attorney as soon as possible who has extensive experience defending this type of charge. You should also ensure that your attorney has experience with and knowledge of the effect the charge may have on your immigration status; drug related offenses, such as possession and cultivation, are often grounds for deportation.

Learn about drug crimes and learn how we can help you protect your rights.


An arrest or criminal charge, even without conviction, can impact your employment possibilities. Expungement allows you to clear your record, but there are rigid eligibility guidelines. An attorney from Johnson & Nicholson can represent you throughout the process.

Learn about expungement here and learn how we can help you protect your rights.

Felony Crimes

Felony crimes are the most serious types of crime, carrying punishments ranging from one year to life in state prison or even the death sentence.

A felony charge is typically classified as an aggravated felony when there are factors such as deadly weapons or great bodily injury involved, and this exposes you to the possibility of deportation.

Learn about felony crimes and learn how we can help you protect your rights.

Misdemeanor Crimes

If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you can be heavily fined and even be sent to jail for up to a year. Having any type of crime on your record can bar you from eligibility for a green card or naturalization.  A conviction for certain misdemeanors, including drug related offenses, domestic violence, and crimes of moral turpitude may also serve as grounds for removal from the country.

Learn about misdemeanor crimes and how we can help protect your rights.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are severely punished. Such crimes include child pornography and rape and carry a severe social stigma. In addition to normal criminal penalties, you may be required to register as a sex offender. You will likely be considered to have committed a crime of moral turpitude. A criminal conviction can also prevent your child from qualifying for deferred action.  

Learn about sex crimes and how we can help protect your rights.

Juvenile Crimes

If your child has been arrested for any type of criminal activity, you need to take action now to prevent serious consequences. Depending on the severity of the offense, the prosecutor may have the option to charge your child as a minor or an adult. It is vital to shield your child from the negative effects of being involved in the criminal justice system, like a loss of educational opportunities and employment options in the future.

Contact us today to learn more about juvenile crimes and we will guide you how to protect your rights.

Theft Crimes

Theft crimes are often classified as crimes of moral turpitude, which can lead to removal proceedings being started against you. If you are convicted of an aggravated felony such as robbery or burglary with a deadly weapon, you may be at risk for being selected by the Department of Homeland Security for deportation.

Learn about theft crimes and how we can help protect your rights.

Traffic Offenses

If you have received a traffic ticket for any type of violation, it’s important to know that you have a right to fight the charge. Paying the ticket will mean that you have pled guilty to the offense, and you may accumulate points on your driver’s license. An attorney from Johnson & Nicholson may be able to help you beat the ticket and avoid the possibility of having your license suspended

Learn about traffic offenses  and how we can help protect your rights.


A conviction for murder can move towards a death penalty in North Carolina, and if you have been charged you must do everything you can to defend yourself. Retaining an attorney as early as possible is crucial in securing a favorable outcome because you are at risk for serious criminal penalties, and you could be deported.

Contact us today to learn more about the legal protection we provide for murder conviction cases.


A homicide which is not premeditated will typically be charged as manslaughter–an offense which includes crimes of passion and negligently causing a death.

You may be able to defend this charge by proving that your actions were taken in self-defense. Manslaughter carries severe penalties, as well as providing possible grounds for removal.

Learn about manslaughter and how we can help protect your rights.

Effect of Conviction on Immigration Status

As an immigrant, you face especially serious consequences when you are charged with any type of crime. In addition to normal criminal penalties, you can lose your permanent resident status and be selected for removal from this country. A prior conviction may disqualify you for an immigration visa or naturalization, unless you take prompt legal action to resolve the situation.

Contact us today to learn more about convictions for various crimes and the effect it may have on your immigration status.

Immigration Visas

If you are seeking an immigration visa with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in the United States, you may need to resolve any questions about your prior criminal record. A previous conviction may prevent you from being eligible for immigration, but there is the possibility of requesting a waiver with the right legal help by your side.

Contact us to learn about immigration visas and how we can help you protect your rights.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Charlotte

Effective legal representation is crucial when accused of an alleged criminal offense. Discuss your options confidentially and learn how we can help you avoid criminal and deportation consequences in case of an arrest.

Contact a Charlotte immigration defense lawyer at Johnson & Nicholson today and schedule a free consultation.

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