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Criminal Defense Attorney in Gastonia, North Carolina

According to an annual summary report from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, 255,712 total arrests were made by law enforcement for different criminal offenses statewide in 2019. A person convicted of a criminal offense could face lengthy jail time, massive fines, a criminal record, and other social ramifications, depending on the nature of the offense and other surrounding circumstances.

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, retaining an aggressive and highly-skilled North Carolina criminal defense attorney is paramount to build your defense strategy. At The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks, I am dedicated to offering experienced legal guidance and comprehensive representation to individuals facing criminal charges. As your attorney, I can review your case, gather available evidence, and maximize your chances of obtaining the best available outcome for your situation.

My firm — The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks — proudly serves clients across Gastonia, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas of Charlotte, Lincolnton, and Hickory. Contact me today to get the representation you deserve.

Criminal Charges in North Carolina

A criminal charge is a formal accusation made by the police, law enforcement, or a public prosecutor asserting that an individual violated a law. In North Carolina, criminal charges are categorized into misdemeanors and felonies.


In North Carolina, misdemeanors are categorized into four classes, depending on the severity of the crime, the type of victim, the value of goods damaged or stolen, and other surrounding circumstances. Examples of these class categories include:

  • A1 Misdemeanors: Driving while under the influence (DWI), assault of a female

  • Class 1 Misdemeanors: Possession of stolen goods, prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia

  • Class 2 Misdemeanors: Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, disorderly conduct

  • Class 3 Misdemeanors: Simple possession of marijuana (less than .05 ounces), violation of some city codes

Misdemeanors are punishable by prison sentences, fines, house arrest, or supervised probation.

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Felonies are serious criminal charges that result in severe punishment. Examples include:

  • Class A: Unlawful use of a weapon of mass destruction, first-degree murder

  • Class B1: First-degree sexual offenses, first-degree rape, statutory rape

  • Class B2: Second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a Class B1 or Class A felony

  • Class C: Second-degree sexual offenses, second-degree rape, child abuse, embezzlement of more than $100,000

  • Class D: Drug trafficking, voluntary manslaughter, first-degree burglary

  • Class E: Patient abuse, child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon

  • Class F: Assault with a deadly weapon against a law enforcement officer, bribery, perjury,

  • Class G: Minor drug violations, common law robbery

  • Class H: Forgery, looting, larceny, embezzlement of less than $100,000

  • Class I: Credit card fraud, domestic violence, fraudulent misrepresentation

Misdemeanors are punished by lengthy prison sentences, house arrests, and mandatory drug treatment. Factors such as an existing criminal record and other aggravation factors will determine the severity of your punishment.

Common Criminal Charges

At The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks, I offer comprehensive and reliable representation in a wide spectrum of criminal charges, including, but not limited to:


A person may be facing assault charges for threatening to use violence or force against another person.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence involves committing a violent act against someone with whom you share a personal relationship.

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes, including drug possession, manufacturing, distribution, and cultivation, are punished severely in North Carolina.


In North Carolina, driving a motor vehicle while impaired or with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or above is illegal.


Murder is defined as the intentional killing of a human being.

Sex Assault/Rape

Sex assault involves subjecting a victim to unwanted and offensive sexual acts, such as rape or groping.


Under North Carolina law, a person may be charged with theft or larceny for illegally obtaining another person’s property.

Traffic Violations

Receiving a ticket for a traffic violation can affect your driving record and endanger your license.

This is not a comprehensive list, and there are many other types of criminal cases that I handle. If you’re under investigation for a criminal offense, contact me at The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks to build your defense and fight to protect your rights.

Choose a SKilled Criminal Defense Attorney

When facing criminal charges, the outcome of your case can significantly affect your quality of life and future. Relying on the public defender may not be an ideal move for your unique situation. Public defenders are often overwhelmed with cases and may not give your case the detailed attention it deserves. When facing criminal accusations, retaining a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is crucial to defend your rights.

At The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks, I have devoted my career to handling criminal cases and defending individuals facing criminal charges. As your attorney, I will give your case my full attention. I will review and investigate the surrounding facts of your case and determine the best defense to maximize your prospects of obtaining a favorable outcome. Using my extensive experience and legal understanding, I will help you navigate the North Carolina criminal justice system, fight vigorously to protect your rights, and attempt to keep you out of jail.

Criminal Defense Attorney
Serving Gastonia, North Carolina

If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t face them alone. Contact my firm — The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks — today to schedule a one-on-one case assessment. I will offer you the comprehensive legal guidance, strong advocacy, and aggressive representation that you need in your case. My firm proudly represents clients throughout Gastonia, Charlotte, Lincolnton, and Hickory, NC.