Attorney Michael Fitzpatrick

Traffic & Criminal

Divorce & Family Law

 

 

Ph. (252) 689-6699

Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Greenville, NC

Federal Crimes | Drug Possession | Drug Trafficking | Assault | Sex Crimes | Prescription Drug | White Collar Crimes | Property Crimes | DWI | ECU Student Offenses | Underage Drinking | Greenville Expungement Attorneys  

Federal Crimes
We will prepare each case as if it’s going to trial, giving you the most options available. Success in courtroom negotiations often comes down to thoroughness and preparation. Were the attorneys fully prepared and familiar with the case? Did the attorneys aggressively negotiate for the best outcome possible? We do!   At The Fitzpatrick Law Firm, we provide results-driven, whatever it takes legal representation for clients with all types of cases. At The Fitzpatrick Law Firm, we tirelessly fight for our clients and get results.
Drug Possession

Federal Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys in Greenville

When you are charged with a federal drug crime charge, you face federal prosecutors with vast resources at their disposal. Federal prosecutors know that when they refuse to make a favorable offer to our client, we will immediately begin to prepare for trial. Through our dedication and hard work, we have achieved favorable outcomes for numerous clients facing drug conspiracy, drug possession with the intent to distribute and drug conspiracy charges. We have handled cases involving cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, prescription drugs and numerous other controlled substances. Due to the severity of the federal sentencing guidelines, it is extremely important that you work with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who:

  • Has handled several federal drug charge matters
  • Has a reputation with the United States Attorney’s Office as an experienced courtroom litigator who will not hesitate to bring the case before a jury
  • Has vast experience with the federal sentencing guidelines

Please call to schedule a free consultation with the experienced federal drug crime attorneys at The Fitzpatrick Law Firm.

Greenville Drug Possession Defense Attorneys

Have you been charged with drug possession in the Greenville area? If handled improperly, the legal consequences can include a criminal conviction and even jail time. It’s extremely important that you hire an experienced attorney to avoid court costs, jail time and retain your driver’s license.   The attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm have successfully handled hundreds of drug possession cases for individuals including college students and professionals. We have achieved countless acquittals and dismissals of charges ranging from those involving one time use of narcotics to cases involving a long history of use and multiple charges.   At The Fitzpatrick Law Firm, we prepare every case for trial. It is our belief that the way to beat a drug possession charge is to negotiate and litigate from a position of strength. Our negotiation and trial skills and commitment to our clients’ right have resulted in positive results for numerous clients. For more information please contact our firm.

Drug Trafficking

Greenville Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys

If you face drug trafficking charges in the Greenville area or anywhere in the Eastern District of North Carolina, contact the attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm.   When you retain the services of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm following drug trafficking charges, we will be familiar with the legal components of your case and can begin to immediately assemble a strategic defense. We have handled drug trafficking cases involving the alleged transportation of drugs by car, plane, truck and train into North Carolina, and we can aggressively fight the government’s case against you. We have handled several cases involving highly creative and complex drug distribution networks. For more information please contact our firm.

Assault

Greenville Assault Defense Attorneys

Assault charges can arise from a broad range of circumstances, including domestic violence to people shooting, punching and stabbing incidents.   Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your assault charges, the Greenville assault defense attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm can provide effective and aggressive legal assistance.   Often assault charges involve mistaken identities, self-defense and the flaring of tempers often through the use of impairing substances. We will fully investigate your case and draw on our experience to prepare an effective defense.   To schedule a no charge consultation for assault defense, contact The Fitzpatrick Law Firm.

Sex Crimes

Greenville Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys

Often times, effective criminal defense boils down to your attorney’s reputation. If your attorney is known as a lawyer who will not hesitate to bring your case to court, then prosecutors will be more likely to be willing to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.   The Greenville sex crimes defense attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm have handled hundreds of cases and have achieved substantial name recognition across the Greenville area and North Carolina. When we arrive in the courtroom and begin our negotiations, we are accompanied by a reputation as skilled litigators who will fight hard and effectively in court to defend our clients’ rights.   North Carolina sex crime penalties are extremely harsh. Most conviction result in mandatory jail time and most also result in mandatory registration with the sex offender registry. We have represented clients with a wide variety of backgrounds facing sex crime charges. Often times, charges involve the downloading of images that crossed state lines and that the defendant did not even know they were illegal.   Often times, the successful defense of sex crimes charges is influenced by what the defendant told the police. Because of these complications it is often wise to refuse cooperation with the police and to contact a lawyer immediately.   Our extensive criminal defense background includes the defense of a multitude of sex crimes. We defend individuals who have been charged with:

  • Internet sex crimes
  • Possession and distribution of child pornography
  • Prostitution related charges
  • Child molestation
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault

For a free consultation regarding sex crime charges in North Carolina, please contact our Greenville office.

Prescription Drug

Greenville Prescription Drug Crime Attorneys

Individuals accused of drug crimes involving prescription drugs and other medications are usually charged with committing one of two crimes:

  • Illegally obtaining a prescription medication such as Oxycodone, Vicodin or Xanax. These controlled substances are usually obtained illegally either for sale or because the accused faces an addiction problem.
  • Illegally obtaining pseudoephedrine. Although pseudoephedrine can be bought legally over the counter, it is often used for the production of methamphetamine.

If you have been accused of prescription drug fraud or another type of prescription drug charge, please contact the Greenville prescription drug crime attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm.

White Collar Crimes

Greenville White Collar Crime Attorneys

Individuals who have been accused of white collar crimes rarely set out to break the law. Confusion regarding legalities, panic regarding cash flow can lead to more serious legal infractions often form the background to many white collar crimes.   If you have been accused of a white collar crime in North Carolina, contact the Greenville white collar crime defense attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm. We have handled numerous white collar crime cases, including cases involving charges of:

  • Embezzlement
  • Tax fraud
  • Check and credit card fraud
  • Medicaid and Medicare fraud
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Internet gambling

For aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation, contact the experienced state and federal criminal defense attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm.

Property Crimes

Greenville Property Crime Defense Attorneys

Property crimes can range in severity from misdemeanor larceny to armed robbery charges that can carry life-changing penalties including significant jail time. No matter the circumstances of your case, you can be assured that the attorneys of The Fitzpatrick Law Firm have the experience and skill necessary to successfully resolve your case.   Our attorneys will carefully review each and every detail of your case, evaluating it from all angles. We will not only review the evidence provided by law enforcement and prosecutors, but also through our own investigation. Often times the evidence in these types of cases is weak and rarely does the prosecution have an airtight case. We will find those weaknesses and use them to keep your record clean and avoid any jail time.   We represent clients in all types of property crimes, including:

  • Felony and misdemeanor larceny
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Arson
  • Trespassing

We provide each client a free consultation pertaining to property crime defense to discuss his or her situation to determine how we can help. To arrange a meeting please contact The Fitzpatrick Law Firm.

DWI

Greenville DWI Defense Attorneys

For many people, a DWI is the most serious offense they will ever encounter. In North Carolina, driving while impaired has severe consequences not only for your driver’s license, but your criminal record. The consequences of a DWI can cause you to lose your license, your job, or even your freedom. With such important things at stake, you need the highest quality representation available when dealing with your charges.   DWI cases are very complex in nature, and at times can be confusing, especially for someone who is unfamiliar with the criminal justice system. The Fitzpatrick Law Firm devotes all the time necessary to sit down with and explain all aspects of DWI representation to our clients. We will personally keep you informed of all proceedings and developments throughout each stage of the case.   When you choose The Fitzpatrick Law Firm to represent you for you DWI charge we will put our experience and expertise to work to help you achieve the best result possible so that you can retain your ability to drive, work, and support yourself and your family.

ECU Student Offenses

ECU Student Offenses

  Honor Code Violation Attorneys   Underage Drinking   If you’re enrolled at East Carolina University and have been charged with an underage drinking offense, chances are the institution will have its own disciplinary measures in addition to legal penalties. At The Fitzpatrick Law Firm, our attorneys are experienced in defending you in both arenas.   Underage drinking is the most common violation for students who attend or visit East Carolina University. Other common alcohol related charges college students may face include misrepresentation of age, being intoxicated and disruptive, and providing alcohol to a minor. In North Carolina, it is illegal to be intoxicated in public, to drink an alcoholic beverage in public, or possess an open container, and thus these statutes also carry over to university codes of conduct. On college and university campuses, a student can face more violations for bringing alcohol into alcohol-free zones such as dorms (regardless of whether you are of the legal drinking age) or you have alcohol paraphernalia in your dorm room, such as a beer pong table. Common source containers, such as kegs or boxed wine, may be banned or restricted on campus as well. Make sure you read and understand your school’s alcohol policy regarding age and location before bringing alcohol on campus; violations of these outlines can lead to a student code of conduct disciplinary hearing.   Any act that violates North Carolina law is also considered a violation of the student code of conduct. Since underage drinking is considered a criminal offense, schools also reserve the right to hold a disciplinary hearing. If you are facing not only criminal charges but also a university disciplinary hearing, it is important to contact a criminal defense lawyer who represents students in both East Carolina University honor code violations and criminal court to ensure the protection of both your rights and education.  

Drugs A conviction for drug charges may hurt your employment prospects, adversely affect future security exchanges and background checks and result in suspension or expulsion from your university. If you are accused of a drug charge you need to protect your education and future employment by immediately contacting and hiring a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending college students against drug possession charges.   Assault Assault is primarily investigated and charged by state or local law enforcement. If the assault occurs on-campus, university police will likely also participate in the investigation. Early and quick contacting of witnesses is often crucial to an assault defense. Our clients benefit not only from our criminal defense lawyer’s investigatory experience but also from our skilled use of seasoned former-law enforcement investigators to help prepare a strong defense case for college students charged with assault.   Sexual Assaults If you are accused of a campus sexual assault then you may face not only conduct code violation charges but also Title IX violation charges and criminal prosecution. Many college students and defense lawyers do not realize campus sexual assaults may lead to separate charges for conduct code violations, Title IX violations, and criminal charges involving possible jail time. You need a campus sexual assault defense attorney who is experienced in not only college student defense but also experienced in university Title IX procedures and criminal prosecutions.
Underage Drinking

COMMON UNDERAGE DRINKING OFFENSES

Underage Possession of Alcohol – Underage possession is a criminal offense because it is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to even possess alcohol. Law enforcement officers enjoy wide latitude in requiring anyone suspected of underage drinking to submit to an alcohol screening test, and refusing the test is admissible in court.   Purchase of Alcohol by Underage Persons – Underage individuals are prohibited from purchasing alcohol. Anyone under the age of 21 who purchases alcohol may be convicted of an underage drinking offense.   Using Fake Identification – Fake IDs can land their possessors in serious trouble. In North Carolina, it is illegal to enter or even attempt to enter any establishment where alcohol is sold with the use of false identification. In addition it is illegal to purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol with a fake ID. Fake IDs can lead to a host of other charges, such as forgery or even identity theft. Again, this is not something North Carolina law takes lightly.   Providing Alcohol to Underage Persons – North Carolina provides various penalties for those convicted of providing alcohol to an underage person. Depending on whether the alcohol was freely given or sold to an underage person, the law may impose different criminal liability. However, there is always the possibility of fines and loss of driver’s license and potential jail time.   LEGAL PENALTIES With the exception of an underage DWI, most underage drinking-related charges are Class One Misdemeanor or Class Two Misdemeanors. Class One Misdemeanors carry a maximum of 120 days of incarceration while Class Two Misdemeanors carry a maximum 60 day penalty. Additionally, most underage drinking violations can result in the accused losing his or her driver’s license. However, our attorneys work hard to identify and utilize every possible mitigating factor to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Particularly for first-time offenders, our attorneys can often obtain desirable alternatives to conviction that can arise from skillful negotiations with the prosecution.   If you or someone you love has been charged with any underage drinking violation, don’t hesitate to contact The Fitzpatrick Law Firm today.

Greenville Expungement Attorneys

Greenville Expungement Attorneys

In North Carolina, your criminal record may be expunged — that is, erased or sealed under certain circumstances. When your record is expunged, all official sources are purged, except for a confidential file to which judges may sometimes have access. In most cases, after your record is expunged, you may say that you were not arrested or convicted of a crime.   Cleaning up your criminal history can be complicated. If you are not sure whether your record qualifies for expungement in North Carolina or for advice about your personal situation, contact The Fitzpatrick Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.