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Charlotte NC "Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defense: General Practice"
2018 Best Lawyers®; 2019 Best Lawyers® Past President of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2016 - 2017
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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI & DWI
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • White Collar Crime
  • Family Law
  • Free Consultation
    Payment plans available for family law cases under NC divorce laws, and criminal law cases, as set forth above. Ask us your pressing questions about North Carolina marriage laws relating to child custody, alimony, child support and visitation rights. Our Carolina Attorneys can help you track NC court dates by defendant name, or discuss penalties for conviction of possession of a controlled substance. Before a client can be convicted, our criminal justice attorneys thoroughly review Miranda Rights, Fourth amendment, Fifth amendment and many more legal challenges under the North Carolina statutes applicable to criminal cases. Only by exhaustive work can your best outcome be obtained.
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    Payment plans / automatic billing available for accusations of violating NC criminal laws, by way of traffic ticket or indictment. A criminal defense attorney Charlotte NC with our law firm can also offer you attorney fees payment plans that best suit your budget. Our most common criminal justice case arises from a Mecklenburg county arrest, and often for a violation of North Carolina weed laws. Remember that a NC offender is not a convicted person, so long as your criminal attorney is still fighting your criminal prosecution to achieve the best outcome.
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees are available personal Injury, workers compensation and wrongful death cases, since this type of civil litigation utilizes these fee arrangements as the best and most equitable method of structuring fees. The North Carolina statute on contributory negligence makes this necessary. Call an auto accident attorney Charlotte NC for a FREE lawyer consultation. Matters involving Impaired Driving, DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense & Traffic Law specifically can NOT be on a contingency fee basis. Bill Powers has been lead counsel on more North carolina murder cases. Our criminal lawyers Charlotte NC have experience with North Carolina drugs laws, felony vs misdemeanor. North Carolina marijuana cases (felony or misdemeanor) are our most common controlled substance. Mecklenburg County warrants are a daily legal problem that our Charlotte attorneys give legal advice about, and often are retained for the criminal case.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Guaranteed flat fee, in writing, for DWI / DUI, Criminal Defense & Traffic Law issues. This includes such common North Carolina offenses as: speeding ticket in NC, open container NC, misdemeanor larceny, DUI in NC, NC traffic ticket, DWI in NC, class 1 misdemeanor NC, class 3 misdemeanor NC, simple assault NC, NC speeding laws, larceny by employee, assault with a deadly weapon NC, class 2 misdemeanor NC, NC domestic violence laws, assault on a female, class F felony NC, class 1 felony NC, breaking and entering NC, class A1 misdemeanor NC, injury to personal property, driving while impaired, DUI in North Carolina first offense, criminal negligence, manslaughter, or violating North Carolina gun laws, Once you decide on the best law firm for your case, we will meet you in person or virtually, via Facetime, Zoom or other electronic method.
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Professional Experience
Powers Law Firm PA
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Immediate Past President
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
President Elect
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Vice President - Communications
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Campbell University
J.D. (1992) | Juris Doctorate (JD) - Law School
Honors: Academic Scholarship. Book Award "Jurisprudence"
North Carolina State University
B.A. (1988) | Political Science
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Articles & Publications
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Speaking Engagements
Trial Skills Workshops - Cross Examination, WINNING DUI TRIALS with a Little Southern Charm, Charleston, South Carolina
Courtroom Preparation & Defense Perspective - Standardized Field Sobriety Testing SFST - Law Enforcement, SFST Training - Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office
Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department
An Ethical Guide to Old School and New School Communication Skills, Mecklenburg County Bar - "Google for Practitioners", Charlotte, North Carolina
Mecklenburg County Bar
Breath Testing - Science Behind the Devices, DWI & DUI Advocacy - Masters of DWI, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Attacking the Science in DWI Cases, 2015 UNC School of Government: Spring Public Defender and Investigator Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina School of Government
THE GIANTS SPEAK, NCAJ - Criminal Masters of Advocacy, Wilmington, North Carolina
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Controlled Drinking SFST Demonstration - DWI DUI Impaired Driving Emerging Topics & Legislative Efforts, NCSCCLE - Momentum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist - "Criminal Trial Advocacy"
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification / National Board of Trial Advocacy (See:
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Underage Possession of Alcohol Charges in NC

What happens if Jr got a ticket for "Underage Possession of Alcohol" or other criminal charges in North Carolina?

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York County attorney John Landreth talks about practicing criminal defense law in Rock Hill, SC

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Carolina Rape Sex Offense Charges

Carolina Rape Sex Offense Charges

Accident cases in Rock Hill SC - Are There Jury Trials for car wreck cases in South Carolina?

Accident cases in Rock Hill SC - Are There Jury Trials for car wreck cases in South Carolina?

Is Larceny a Felony or Misdemeanor in South Carolina?

Is Larceny a Felony or Misdemeanor in South Carolina?

Can I be charged with Driving While License Revoked if they didn't pull me over in Charlotte NC?

Can I be charged with Driving While License Revoked if they didn't pull me over in Charlotte NC?

Is larceny a felony in North Carolina?

Is larceny a felony in North Carolina?

Can I make payments for legal fees?

Can I make payments for legal fees in Rock Hill SC?

What are legal fees for a Carolina criminal case?

What are legal fees for a Carolina criminal case in York County, South Carolina?

What happens if I have a warrant?

Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyers - What is a warrant? What is an OFA? What happens if you have an Order for Arrest in Charlotte NC

What happens if I go to court by myself?

Can I get a continuation? What is a continuance? How does court work in North Carolina? Can you get a continuance if you haven't been able to find a lawyer? What is administrative court in Charlotte NC?

What should I do about an old traffic ticket?

What happens if you forget about a traffic ticket? What can be done? Can I just pay it off? Should I try to go to court by myself? What are my legal options? Should I talk to a lawyer? How can an attorney help with NC Traffic Tickets?

How can a lawyer help with assault charges?

Do I need a criminal defense lawyer for assault charges? What is an assault in North Carolina? What's the difference between assault and battery? Charlotte Criminal Defense Lawyer goes over some of the basics of assault charges in North Carolina court.

Can a lawyer help me with drug trafficking charges?

What is Drug Trafficking? Is it different in North Carolina? What is the difference before State and Federal charges?

Why lawyers offer free legal advice and consultations

Does it really matter? Does your legal issue really merit or deserve speaking to an attorney? Is it really that big of a deal? Can you trust the internet? Can't you just figure it out, maybe wing it, and handle the case yourself?

4 Things should know about why lawyers help

4 Things You Should Know About How Lawyers Help. Can you represent yourself with legal matters? Should you? Does it make sense to trust things that are on the internet? What value are message boards in answering legal questions? Do lawyers charge for consultations? What are your options?

Should I pay off my South Carolina ticket?

Should I pay off my South Carolina ticket?

In sex cases what is the difference between civil and criminal court?

In sex cases what is the difference between civil and criminal court? North Carolina Criminal Defense Lawyer Bill Powers talks about how sex offense and sexual abuse cases are handled.



North Carolina DWI Lawyer Bill Powers

North Carolina DWI Lawyer Bill Powers

How do they test for alcohol?

How do they test for alcohol?

What happens with an ignition interlock?

What is an Ignition Interlock? What are my options in North Carolina? How does an Interlock work? North Carolina DWI Law information

Is the handheld breath test reliable?

North Carolina Breath Testing. AlcoSensor. Are roadside breath tests reliable? Are they admissible? When and why can they be used?

When Can Police Pat You Down?

What is a "Pat Down Search?" Are They Legal? What is Required of Police to do a Search. North Carolina Criminal Law Issues. Attorney Bill Powers gives information on Search and Seizure Issues in North Carolina.

Punishments and Sentencing in DWI Charges

Attorney Bill Powers talks about DWI Impaired Driving Sentencing in North Carolina. How Does It Work? What Factors are Considered? What are the DWI Levels in North Carolina? What are Grossly Aggravating Factors?

What Happens When I Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

What Happens When I Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer? How Are Legal Fees Set? Consultations. What To Expect When You Call a Lawyer. What is a Confidential Consultation? Are There Legal Fees on an Initial Consultation?

Powers McCartan Legal Help

North Carolina Legal Help. Serious Felony Charges, Misdemeanor Offenses, DWI DUI Impaired Driving. Attorney Bill Powers. Confidential, Free Initial Consultation: 704-342-4357


What Are Miranda Rights and Are Miranda Rights Required?


DUI Expert Testimony in North Carolina - NC LAW TALK

NC LAW TALK June 2014 - Episode 1 - DUI DWI in North Carolina

NC LAW TALK June 2014 - Episode 1 - DUI DWI in North Carolina

Bill Powers and Mike Daisley: Evaluating Damages From DWI

Evaluating Damages in DWI Impaired Driving Wreck Cases.

Legal Answers
104 Questions Answered

Q. A doctor contributed to my son's death by overprescribing Oxycodone. Can I post this on a public forum legally?
A: First, my heart goes out to you. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to live with your loss. That being said, I think it would be better to speak with an attorney before posting something on a public forum and possibly subjecting yourself to civil claims for libel. Indeed, if the purpose is to protect others from the opioid epidemic and possibly the doctor herself or himself, there may be more effective private ways to proceed forward through the NC Medical Board. Given the sensitive nature of the subject and further considering Mt. Airy is still "small town NC," it might be better to speak with an attorney with the protection of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege. Again, deepest condolences in your loss. Bill Powers Charlotte Attorney
Q. Will the death penalty be abolished in Raleigh NC soon? If so when?
A: The last person executed in North Carolina was Samuel Flippen, put to death Aug. 18, 2006, for the murder. It's possible Flippen forever will remain the last person executed in North Carolina. Capital punishment in North Carolina, while it remains on the books, is rarely enforced. Given the present structure of the NC General Assembly, it would be surprising to see any change in NC Criminal Laws abolishing the death penalty in North Carolina. Bill Powers Criminal Defense Attorney NC
Q. Is there any kind of break for someone if they get a DUI, but they need to drive to make any kind of income?
A: GOOD QUESTION There isn't really a sense of "equitable relief" based on financial circumstances (and the need to work), at least regarding the ability to drive. Put simply, one is either eligible under the NC DWI laws or not eligible. A LOT depends on the nature and circumstances of the DWI arrest. Specifically, defense lawyers would want more information about the reading on the EC/IR II (or blood results), whether there was a Willful Refusal, whether there is a prior DWI conviction, and whether there was a valid license or suspension based on a prior DWI. For sentencing, check out the back of the NC DWI Quick Reference Guide: For more general information about the system, see: Best bet is to retain legal counsel. Cole Williams in Durham is excellent. He's also a close friend and a super nice guy. You may wish to give him a call: (919) 688-2647 Please say hello if you speak to him. Good luck! Bill Powers Charlotte DWI Defense Attorney
Q. I'm on probation for 2 felonies and 3 misdemeanors..I just caught another felony charge of same crime, what happens?
A: That's serious stuff. More information would be helpful, especially regarding the type of felony charges in North Carolina. . .and whether the charges are in North Carolina. The inquiry is from Georgia. Here are two quick points: 1. The allegations of new NC criminal charges may be enough to REVOKE the first case or cases of probation; and, 2. Given the prior criminal history and the associated Prior Record Level PRL points and the fact that the offense took place while on probation, if convicted of the new felony charges, the possibility of an active prison term is a very real possibility if not a likelihood. It's time to retain legal representation. Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. I am on felony probation I got a dwlr yesterday will that violate my probation
A: It could. DWLR is a misdemeanor criminal offense. An experienced defense lawyer would want to find out the basis of the license suspension and terms of the Supervised Probation. Given the complexity of such matters, best bet would be to retain legal counsel ASAP. Rob Denton is up in that part of NC. You may want to give him a ring: (828) 437-4220 Byrd, Byrd, McMahon & Denton P.A. 124 West Union St., PO Box 1269 Morganton, NC 28680 Please tell him, "Bill Powers says hey" if you call. Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. Is there a statute of limitations on dwi in NC?
A: No. The NC Supreme Court JUST ruled on that legal issue. Despite what many legal scholars consider to be the clear language of the N.C.G.S., the Supreme Court found the North Carolina General Assembly could never have intended an end result and dismissal of charges for the State's failure to comport with the law(s), writing: "We conclude that other valid criminal pleadings listed in NCGS 15A-921, including the citation issued to defendant in this case, toll the section 15-1 statute of limitations." Chapter 15 - Criminal Procedure / Article 1 - General Provisions. § 15-1. Statute of limitations for misdemeanors. The crimes of deceit and malicious mischief, and the crime of petit larceny where the value of the property does not exceed five dollars ($5.00), and all misdemeanors except malicious misdemeanors, shall be charged within two years after the commission of the same, and not afterwards: Provided, that if any pleading shall be defective, so that no judgment can be given thereon, another prosecution may be instituted for the same offense, within one year after the first shall have been abandoned by the State. § 15A-921. Pleadings in criminal cases. Subject to the provisions of this Article, the following may serve as pleadings of the State in criminal cases: (1) Citation. (2) Criminal Summons. (3) Warrant for arrest. (4) Magistrate's order pursuant to G.S. 15A-511 after arrest without warrant. (5) Statement of charges. (6) Information. (7) Indictment The Supreme Court found, regarding the language in the statute, "[W]hen a literal interpretation of the language in a statute will lead to absurd results. . .the strict letter thereof shall be disregarded." Per the NC Supreme Court, the law requiring an indictment, and the State's failure to obtain the same in a timely fashion, would result in an "absurd result," to wit: Dismissal of DWI charges. As such, the North Carolina Supreme Court both set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeals and found the Uniform Citation sufficient to toll the Statute of Limitations, thus creating new law and finding a traffic ticket is AOK instead of an indictment. SEE: Bill Powers North Carolina DWI Defense Co-Author of the NC DWI Quick Reference Guide SEE:
Q. Prayer for Judgement ?
A: GREAT QUESTION How Should I Handle My Traffic Ticket? Should I go to Driving School? What is an PJC? What does Continued Judgment mean? What are Insurance Points? What are Motor Vehicle Points? What is the difference? Should I retain a lawyer? Consider the Following: It Can Get Complicated There are multiple factors to consider It is important to carefully review the driving history & convictions (MVR) A Prayer for Judgment is NOT a dismissal Prior attendance of Driving School may limit options Insurance Policy & Household driving histories should be considered There is a difference between Moving and “Non-Moving” Violations Many Attorneys Offer an initial Confidential Consultation, Free of Charge NC Traffic lawyers want to know how many charges there are on the new case, meaning we seek to determine if there is more than one ticket, more than one violation or more than one charge associated with a single stop. We also want to know if there are multiple stops or allegations of separate, distinct traffic tickets that took place on different dates. Defense attorneys will also want to know about the prior driver, wreck/accident history, whether you received a ticket or not. For example, we want to know about wrecks, even a ticket or citation was not issued for something like “unsafe movement” or “failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.” A Prayer for Judgment in North Carolina (PJC) is a valuable thing indeed. Experienced NC Traffic lawyers would want more information before recommending using the PJC, as other, better legal options may be available. There can be a difference in the points as it applies to insurance premium increases and the DMV point system. There are actually two “point” systems: DMV or Driver’s License Points and Insurance Points. Although related, there are important distinctions. The costs can add up pretty quickly, which may include the Costs of Court and Fines that are separate from possibly increased insurance premiums. Certain violations may carry motor vehicle points; while at the same time, insurance points under North Carolina General Statutes would not be allowed considering the driving record, lack of prior moving violations and/or insurance claims under the North Carolina Carolina SDIP Safe Driving Incentive Program for the underlying offense. (Again, it can be complicated.) It becomes even more intricate if you’ve had some other moving violation(s) or even an insurance claim for an “at fault” wreck that results in payments made pursuant to a claim over a certain monetary value. All the best! Bill Powers Charlotte Traffic Law Attorney
Q. In north carolina can i drive my car with no bumper. All lights work and are intact
A: GREAT QUESTION You've stumped this lawyer. North Carolina seems to focus on safety equipment such as lighting, brake lights, windshield wipers (if it's raining), etc. If a bumper wasn't properly affixed/attached and/or about to fall off, law enforcement likely could conduct a stop. Chapter 20 does not specifically mention the requirement of a bumper, at least as far as I can tell. If someone knows of a General Statute requiring a bumper, please speak up. See: A Safety Inspection in NC mentions wheels, tires, sounding horn, lights, emissions, etc. Again, no mention of bumpers: § 20-183.3. Scope of safety inspection and emissions inspection. (a) Safety. - A safety inspection of a motor vehicle consists of an inspection of the following equipment to determine if the vehicle has the equipment required by Part 9 of Article 3 of this Chapter and if the equipment is in a safe operating condition: (1) Brakes, as required by G.S. 20-124. (2) Lights, as required by G.S. 20-129 or G.S. 20-129.1. (3) Horn, as required by G.S. 20-125(a). (4) Steering mechanism, as required by G.S. 20-123.1. (5) Windows and windshield wipers, as required by G.S. 20-127. To determine if a vehicle window meets the window tinting restrictions, a safety inspection mechanic must first determine, based on use of an automotive film check card or knowledge of window tinting techniques, if after-factory tint has been applied to the window. If after-factory tint has been applied, the mechanic must use a light meter approved by the Commissioner to determine if the window meets the window tinting restrictions. (6) Directional signals, as required by G.S. 20-125.1. (7) Tires, as required by G.S. 20-122.1. (8) Mirrors, as required by G.S. 20-126. (9) Exhaust system and emissions control devices, as required by G.S. 20-128. For a vehicle that is subject to an emissions inspection in addition to a safety inspection, a visual inspection of the vehicle's emissions control devices is included in the emissions inspection rather than the safety inspection. Again, great question! Bill Powers Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
Q. can I contact the court
A: GREAT QUESTION Call that lawyer up and get the file re-activated. They're in the best position to know what happened. It's possible (although a bit unusual) the matter was handled by waiver, but things like Community Service, Fines, Costs of Court, etc., were never paid. If a Waiver of Appearance was allowed, one would assume that would have been for a guilty plea. Either way, call up that lawyer. All the best! Bill Powers DWI Lawyer Charlotte NC
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