Salisbury, NC Criminal Defense Attorneys

Whether you have been charged with something as small as a traffic ticket or as serious as murder, you need an attorney who truly understands criminal defense to protect your rights and possibly your freedom. Liberty matters. Our forefathers and the framers of the constitution thought so. So do we. At Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law, PC, we represent clients on all types of charges, in both North Carolina state and federal courts. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for both the Middle District and Western District of North Carolina as well as all North Carolina state courts. In addition to local state and federal court experience, they are counsel of record in the North Carolina Appellate Courts and have argued cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

We have extensive experience with a broad range of criminal matters. Just a few of the matters on which we regularly represent clients include:

Your freedom is important to you, and it's important to us as well. We offer the help you need regarding bond options, diversion programs, and sentencing issues. Because criminal charges carry potential consequences besides incarceration, we also address concerns about DMV and licensing issues, sex offender registration, and other collateral consequences. Our focus is on protecting not only your freedom, but your future.

Experienced Guidance and Powerful Advocacy in State and Federal Criminal Defense

All North Carolina criminal defense attorneys are not created equal. The North Carolina State Bar — the licensing and regulatory agency for all North Carolina lawyers — established specialist certification in both Federal and State Criminal Law in 1992, so that public could identify attorneys who have substantial involvement in, and knowledge of, federal criminal law and North Carolina state criminal Law. In order to be certified, one must:

  • Pass a day-long written examination in the specialty practice area;
  • Be an active member in good standing with the North Carolina State Bar for at least five years;
  • Devote at least 25% of one's practice to the specialty practice area during the past five years (substantial involvement);
  • Attend continuing legal education (CLE) seminars in the specialty practice area; and
  • Be favorably evaluated by other lawyers and judges (peer review).

James A. Davis is the only attorney in Rowan County to have attained the stringent specialist certification requirements for federal and state criminal law. Only 62 attorneys out of the approximately 15,000 practicing statewide in North Carolina have achieved this distinction. James A. Davis II is not only highly skilled in DWI, civil, and criminal defense, he shares his knowledge with other attorneys through CLE seminars.

If you think you may be charged or if you have been charged with a crime, contact us immediately. Experience counts; let us put ours to work for you.

We invite you to read more about our criminal defense practice. Or we welcome you to contact Davis & Davis, for more information about our services. Based in Salisbury, we serve Rowan County and the surrounding North Carolina counties.

Salisbury, NC Criminal Defense Attorneys

Felonies & Misdemeanors

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Driving While Impaired (DWI)

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Drug Offenses

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Federal Crimes

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If charged with murder in North Carolina under state or federal law, you are dealing with the most serious felony charge possible. You could be facing life in prison or even the death penalty. Even if you are given a lighter sentence or are convicted… Read More


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