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A strong criminal defense can protect a young person's future

A single legal problem can affect a young person for many years to come. Whether it's a ticket for underage drinking or a more serious allegation such as assault, it is of primary importance, from a criminal defense perspective, to ensure that the ultimate outcome is positive.

Each year, students throughout North Carolina find themselves facing criminal charges. Often these young people are not fully aware of their rights or the possible long-term repercussions of a conviction. In addition to fines and jail time, a conviction could be a barrier to future employment. To protect against negative outcomes, students who have been arrested or ticketed should obtain legal counsel as soon as possible.

At Christina Rivenbark & Associates, we work to minimize the negative consequences after young people have been arrested or ticketed. We take a realistic and compassionate view of each case involving a young person, and we help our clients clearly understand what is at stake in either fighting a charge in court or negotiating a plea agreement.

While everyone knows that young people make mistakes, North Carolina law provides for harsh consequences for young people accused of misdemeanor offenses such as disorderly conduct, simple assault and drug possession. Regardless of age, people facing such charges could be sentenced to jail. Often, however, with a strong criminal defense, young people are able to avoid jail time and a permanent criminal record.

Early intervention is often the key to protecting the futures of young people. To learn more about these matters, please visit our Student Legal Defense overview.

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