The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP
Criminal Defense Lawyers in Greensboro, North Carolina
If you are under investigation or already charged with a criminal offense, defense attorneys should be your first important contact. The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale, LLP provides knowledgeable, aggressive defense against all types of criminal charges in Guilford County, Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina and its surrounding areas.
A court of law will never interpret hiring a criminal defense lawyer as an admission of guilt. Rather, you are engaging your lawyer to help you navigate the criminal justice system. Criminal defense attorneys see to it that their clients receive full protection of the law.
The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale, LLP consists of two criminal defense trial lawyers. It is comprised of Locke Clifford and Andrew Clifford and a legal support staff of 6 members. The firm has offered Greensboro, North Carolina and surrounding areas quality criminal defense representation for 38 years. The Clifford Division limits its practice to criminal defense.
The Clifford Division is comprised of attorneys with experience in several areas of criminal defense. The firm represents individuals and businesses, in both state and federal courts, in the following areas:
- Criminal Defense of Matters of All Types - Including traffic cases and drug cases
- Corporate Criminal Investigations
- Sentencing and Post-Conviction Issues
- Sex Offenses Defense
Did you know there are more than 75 ways a person can lose his or her driver’s license in North Carolina, not all of which involve driving? A criminal defense attorney can help make sure you do not lose your license.
Need a criminal defense attorney in Greensboro or High Point? Call The Clifford Division
The earlier you involve an attorney, the better your options. Becoming the target of a law enforcement agency investigation can be upsetting and disorienting. You may be confused about when to contact a lawyer or if it is even necessary. Involving an attorney early may help you avoid charges in the first place. If you are never charged, there is no conviction and no record of the charge. If law enforcement already filed charges, a criminal defense lawyer will help keep them at the lowest possible level. The Clifford Division is experienced in successfully intervening on behalf of clients in North Carolina state courts and in federal courts.
Remember that individuals other than law enforcement officials can take out warrants that result in criminal charges. Examples of warrants taken out by individuals cover charges stemming from domestic situations, neighborhood disputes, and bad checks, to name a few.
It is never a mistake to talk to a Greensboro criminal law attorney as soon as you realize there is a potential problem.
Please ask to speak to one of the following when calling our office at 336 574-2788:
- Locke T. Clifford - Attorney
- Andrew C. Clifford - Attorney
- Ashley - Legal Assistant to Locke T. Clifford
- Stephanie - Legal Assistant to Andrew Clifford
- Lynda - Clifford Division Administrator and Payment Coordinator
- Alee - Receptionist
- Shane - Administrative Assistant for the Clifford Division
- Miriah - Intern
Companies and corporations also need early intervention
It is important to retain a Greensboro criminal law attorney to work with your company when it is under investigation by a regulatory or law enforcement agency. We routinely work with forensic experts to obtain records, documents, computers, and other storage devices analyzed and organized for presentation. Timing is important and work needs to begin as soon as possible to produce the best possible result.
If you are already facing criminal charges in Greensboro
If you are already facing charges, you still have options. With early representation, your lawyer may be able to help you:
- Get a deferred prosecution plan that could result in a dismissal
- Get a voluntary dismissal
- Reach an agreement to assist the state or federal government in its investigation or prosecution of other cases to reduce your charge or sentence
- Work out the best plea agreement possible
The client and the attorney decide together whether going to trial is the best option. If you receive a conviction, there may still be choices available to reduce your sentence. If you assist the state or federal government in cases against others, the prosecution may ask for a reduction in your sentence.
Whatever the circumstances, the earlier you involve an attorney, the more options you have.
The highest-quality legal services
We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we may be of service. We return calls and emails as quickly as possible. Ask for Locke Clifford or Andrew Clifford when you call our office. We look forward to working with you.
For criminal defense assistance, please call 336 574-2788 and ask for The Clifford Division or use our convenient contact us form.
How our Greensboro, North Carolina office works
Our focus is on the client, with our entire staff attuned to meeting the needs of each one. We try to make the intake process as simple as possible by offering the following:
- Translation services for interviews and written documents, if needed
- Having court records and other documents ready for your attorney in advance of client interactions
- Scheduling appointments for consultations and for meetings with your attorney regarding the case
We want to be respectful of your time. There are times that emergencies arise or court goes longer than anticipated, and we may need to contact you to reschedule. It is important that we are able to reach you. We will not do this unless we have to, but some events arise that require flexibility.
Communication with criminal defense attorneys
Both lawyers have an assistant who is in constant contact with them, who can take and relay information from the client, and get information to the attorney as quickly as possible. This is the most effective and efficient way of reaching the attorney, as the assistant can have all necessary paperwork and information ready prior to the lawyer calling the current or prospective client. Locke Clifford is often in court and handles cases all over North Carolina, which necessitates traveling out of Greensboro. His assistant, Ashley, is the person to speak with regarding any matter for Locke. Meanwhile, Andrew is in court in Guilford County almost every day, sometimes into the afternoon, and his assistant with have calls ready for him to return when he is back in the office. Andrew’s assistant, Stephanie, is the person to speak with regarding any matter for Andrew.
The best telephone number to use is 336-574-2788. This number rings directly to our division and relays to staff after business hours. Anyone working after hours or on weekends will also answer it. Since attorneys must turn off their cell phones in state court and cannot take them into the federal courthouse building at all, messages should go through the office number rather than their cell phone numbers.
Another good way to reach the attorneys is through email – Clifford@cliffordlawoffice.com.
We have other staff members who handle payments, do legal research, work at the courthouse, and handle routine correspondence and phone calls. We do much of our work over the telephone and by email, when appropriate.
It is important to us that we be able to reach each client quickly should the need arise. We ask that a current telephone number (home, cell, or work), mailing address and email address (if one is available) remain on file in our office. If changes occur, we ask that the client call and give this information to our staff. This is a client responsibility. Please be sure that others know you live at the mailing address that you provide, and that you receive mail delivered to you at that address. Returned mail is costly and very slow, plus you may miss important information about your case and we will not know that you do not have it.
We will work with you regarding payment for legal fees. We accept credit cards in person and over the phone. We will devise a payment plan and will allow deferred payment with a signed fee agreement prior to your first court date. We also accept checks, money orders, cash in person, and checks and money orders through the mail.
We will work with you regarding the new $20.00 fee implemented by the AOC for deferred payment of court costs. We handle this on a case-by-case basis.
Referrals to our Greensboro criminal defense lawyers appreciated
Referrals from clients are an important part of our business and we value them. We want your experience with our office to be a good one, and work hard to provide excellent service. Please let us know what we can do to improve if you find any problems. Please contact Lynda at 336-574-2788.