Once charged with a North Carolina Felony, there are several things that will happen.  Once the Defendant is arrested, he or she will receive what is called a “First Appearance.”  At the first appearance, the charges will be read to the Defendant, their right to counsel will be explained, and the Magistrate may set a bond for them.  Next the Defendant will have a Bond Hearing where a District Court Judge will make a determination as to what bond, if any, needs to be set.  Bond will depend on the crimes charged, facts of the case, and the Defendant’s prior criminal record.  After that, there will be several more court dates in District Court where the Prosecutor may offer a deferral program or plea deal to the Defendant.  If the case is to proceed to Superior Court, the Prosecutor will present the case to a Grand Jury.  If the Grand Jury returns a True Bill of Indictment, the case will be set in Superior Court.  The Prosecutor may again attempt to offer the Defendant a plea deal or deferral program.  If an agreement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial in front of a jury.  If the Defendant is found not guilty, the case will be over.  If the Defendant is found guilty, the judge will issue the sentence.

Because of the different ways a North Carolina Felony can be handled, the time it can take to resolve can run from a few months to a couple of years.  Hiring an experienced  Criminal Defense Attorney Raleigh or Criminal Defense Attorney Durham can allow you to best protect your rights.  Contact North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney M. Moseley Matheson at 919-335-5291 today for your FREE CONSULTATION!