Criminal Defense

Payne Law understand that sometimes, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Whether you’ve been charged with something as simple as speeding, or as complex as DUI/DWI, we are here to help. You want somebody who has been in the courtroom, who knows the system, and who can effectively fight for you to help get you the best possible outcome under your individual circumstances. If you need a criminal defense attorney in Forsyth, Alamance or the surrounding counties, give us a call and let our knowledgeable team help you out today!

Juvenile Law

Did you know that kids as young as 6 years old are eligible to be charged with crimes in juvenile court and declared to be juvenile delinquents if found to be responsible for committing them? In the normal realm of civil law, the law presumes you don’t know what you’re doing until you’re 13; but in the criminal realm, we start at six. Although kids can’t buy cars, beer, or cigarettes until they’re at least 18, North Carolina decided they’re adults for criminal purposes at age 16. So when you’re child is charged with a crime, the most important question is age.

Juveniles ages 6-15 who are accused of committing crimes land in juvenile court.

There, because they are presumed by law to have no money of their own, they are automatically assigned an attorney. After that, if they choose, parents can hire different attorneys for them. Juvenile court is NOTHING LIKE criminal court. Almost all the rules and outcomes are completely different. Non-lawyer court counselors decide which cases end up in court and why; plea deals cannot address ultimate sentencing (e.g. you can’t agree with the State not to send a child to the Youth Detention Center if that is the sentence they’ve earned; probation carries entirely different consequences for violating it; and the rules of procedure are all different, too.). If your child is charged with a crime, you’ll want an experienced Juvenile Law attorney on your side. Attorney Kerri Sigler is an experienced and passionate advocate, and has handled literally hundreds of cases in that setting. Contact us today to learn how we can help!

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