Johnson & Nicholson, PLLC is a criminal defense firm helping clients in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Union County and surrounding cities and communities in North Carolina.  It can be a frightening and confusing experience when facing criminal charges.  It is always best to seek legal advice and guidance from a criminal defense attorney who can provide an aggressive defense while protecting the rights of the defendant at each step of the legal process.  Common penalties for a criminal conviction can include jail time, probation, large fines and court costs, court-mandated counseling and educational programs, and community service.  Depending on the crime and circumstances surrounding the incident such as a DWI accident with injuries or fatalities, or use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime, involvement of a minor, or gang related activity, may increase the punishments.  An experienced legal team can provide effective representation inside and outside the courtroom.