Effective Felony Criminal Defense in Greensboro
Attorneys with the resources to get the job done
Felony crimes are the most serious and have the most devastating punishments, including the death penalty. At The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP, we understand what is at stake because we have represented many felony defendants. We gear our defense toward one goal — obtaining the best possible outcome for you.
Our Guilford County law firm brings to every state and federal felony case the extensive knowledge and skills acquired in our more than 50 combined years of courtroom experience. We have tried jury and non-jury trials and negotiated countless plea agreements. We have traveled the complex route through the criminal justice system, fully understand the law and are driven to innovate to achieve results.
Keeping you in the loop
Attorneys at The Clifford Division ensure you are aware of the defense strategy and the consequences of every option. We work one on one with you and answer all of your questions.
Clients trust our Guilford County criminal defense attorneys because we commit to a case until it is resolved. We handle every aspect, from initial investigation through trial, sentencing and appeal, when necessary.
Our mission is to provide the highest-caliber defense so that no innocent person is convicted, and no defendant serves more jail time than is necessary.
To achieve that goal, we aim to:
- Thoroughly investigate all allegations and evidence
- Discuss charges with police and prosecutors before and after they are filed
- Vigorously advocate for reduced charges and bail
- Thoroughly discuss with you all available options
- Pursue a favorable plea agreement when justified
- Demonstrate skill and ingenuity at trial
- Advocate for a reduced sentence following a conviction
State felonies and penalties
Unlike misdemeanors, which are divided into numerical classes, felony crimes in North Carolina are classified into letter classes, from Class A through Class I, based on their seriousness. Crimes involving injuries — such as homicide, aggravated assault, rape and other sex crimes and weapons offenses — fall under the highest classes and receive the harshest penalties. Property and other non-injury crimes — such as drug possession, repeat driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges and some white collar crimes — are in the lower classes and consequently have less severe punishments.
17 reasons why you want to avoid a felony conviction
- You may not be able to serve on a jury.
- You may not be able to own or possess guns.
- You may not be able to hunt.
- You may not be able visit a person in prison.
- You may not be able to vote in some elections.
- You may not be able to be licensed in certain professions.
- You may not be able to live in or visit public housing.
- You may not be able to be bonded.
- You may not be able to get into the military.
- You may have a hard time getting or keeping a job if the job requires a criminal background check.
- You may have difficulty getting into many colleges or universities.
- You may not be able to get a security clearance to work in certain areas.
- You may have trouble renting or leasing housing.
- You may have trouble renting a car.
- You may have trouble getting a mortgage to buy property.
- You may have immigration consequences.
- You may have trouble being accepted to do volunteer work — such as volunteering at your child’s school or coaching your child’s sports team.
Greensboro, NC attorneys defending felony criminal charges
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a felony, you are understandably worried. Felonies carry stiff penalties and have lifelong consequences. Do not let just anyone represent you. Each of our attorneys has the credentials and experience to protect your rights through the end of your case.
Contact The Clifford Division at 336-574-2788 or online for a free consultation. We provide options.
Cases We Handle
- Criminal cases in North Carolina District Court and Superior Court in Guilford County, including Greensboro and High Point
- 50B and 50C protection order cases in both North Carolina District Courts in Guilford County, including Greensboro and High Point
- Federal criminal cases
- Misdemeanors in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and sometimes Statesville and Durham
- Felonies in all four cities and on a case-by-case basis in any federal court in the United States
- Federal civil forfeiture cases, post-conviction work and investigations
on an individual basis
- Private prosecutions in state court on a case-by-case basis