Durham Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense

Could we use the scales of justice photo here? Or perhaps someone in handcuffs?

NicholsonPham provides criminal defense representation to clients in Durham and Orange counties charged with misdemeanors, felonies, assaults, larceny, underage consumption, drug and alcohol charges, speeding tickets, DWI, driving while license revoked and domestic violence. We also help people seeking expungements.

North Carolina’s criminal courts are a confusing and often intimidating place to find yourself. When you are facing criminal charges you are probably under a lot of stress. Navigating the court system alone is a daunting task. If you are charged with a crime in Durham or Orange County, you need the leadership of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the criminal court process. The criminal defense lawyers at NicholsonPham are dedicated, experienced and efficient in protecting your rights before the North Carolina criminal courts. We offer free initial consultations to criminal defendants out on pretrial release, and we let you choose the most convenient time to meet with us.

When you come to our offices, please bring any paperwork you have about the alleged crime. If you were arrested, you will have a criminal warrant as well as a “conditions of release” form. In addition, if there were witnesses, please bring their names and phone numbers. In our offices, we will go through the facts of the case with you.

How much will this cost?

In most cases, we are able to provide clients with a flat fee for representation. This means that the price for representation won’t go down or up depending on the case. You will have the peace of mind of knowing exactly how much you’ll need to pay for your defense.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes. In most cases, we can offer a payment plan for criminal clients.

Do I have to appear in court?

Probably. Some crimes are waivable which means that you do not have to appear. However, your attorney will tell you if you do not have to show up to court. If you live very far away or are traveling, it may be possible to move your court date to a more convenient time.

Won’t my charges automatically come off my record after seven years?

There is no automatic removal of charges or convictions in North Carolina, even after a certain number of years. You may be eligible to have a charge or conviction removed from your record, but you will have to petition the court to do so. Here’s more information: (link to expungement page).


Once you’ve spoken with us, you will understand:

  • The type of crime you are charged with and the type of sentence you could get if convicted.
  • The types of defense for that crime and whether those defenses apply in your particular case.
  • The types of evidence that might be used against you and in your favor.
  • How the local criminal courtrooms work, the timing and the different procedures you should expect.
  • How we can fight for your rights, and what we hope to achieve in your case.

Call: (919) 883-4900