Criminal Defense Attorneys

The support you want. The expertise you need.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Asheville, Charlotte, Gastonia, Waynesville, and Wilmington NC

Being charged with a crime can be the low point of your life.  At Minick Law, our Criminal Defense Attorneys embrace a simple mission:  we want to help.

When faced with a criminal charge in North Carolina, it’s natural to feel anxious. In addition to the uncertainty of how your charges will affect you, the criminal justice process can be confusing and overwhelming, adding stress to an already challenging ordeal.

Your Criminal Defense Center


At Minick Law, we take pride in making the legal system transparent and keeping you informed of the developments in your case. Our Criminal Defense team will explain the legal process in clear terms, and guide you through your case, every step of the way.

Our lawyers concentrate in criminal defense, which means that your case will get the full benefit of their constant research, focus and experience. With us, you’re not just hiring a criminal defense attorney; you’re hiring a criminal defense team, including an attorney with 12 years of experience as a police officer.

To best represent your interests, we sit down with you and listen to your questions, concerns, and goals as they relate to your charge. Our team will take the time to understand your situation intimately, and keep you informed of any developments in your case. During our initial conversation, we will explain in detail the potential sentence and fines you are facing.

Drug Crime

Drug charges don’t just affect you. They effect everyone around you. It’s a daunting time, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to go through the process alone. We’ve got your back. We work with you to get all the details and we’ll answer every question you might have along the way. We’ll make sure your voice is heard in the courtroom and we strive to get you the best results for your case.

One important inquiry in every case where drugs are seized is: “did the officer have the right to search for drugs?” While North Carolina search and seizure law is complex,our team will conduct a thorough investigation of your case. In the event that you were not lawfully stopped or searched, we can ask the judge to dismiss the charge against you.

Theft Crimes

Sometimes difficult financial circumstances lead to poor decisions. Larceny is a crime involving the wrongful obtaining of property of another. In North Carolina, many counties have programs that allow for misdemeanor and felony theft charges to be dismissed in exchange for community service and a period of good behavior in addition to other requirements. Normally a person going through such a program to obtain a dismissal would also have to pay any monetary restitution to the victim of the theft.

Generally, a person who honestly believes that the property taken is theirs is not guilty of larceny, even if the belief is wrong. Sometimes financial transactions that lead to financial criminal charges are highly complex. A good criminal defense requires an intricate understanding of the legal basis for these financial crimes and any affirmative defenses to the crimes charged.

Underage Drinking

One drink can cause a lifetime of consequences. Underage drinking charges can result in suspension from school, heavy court costs and fines, community service, loss of driving privileges, increased auto insurance rates, and problems with job and school applications.

Criminal Record Expungement

The past doesn’t define our future. But a criminal record can really hurt your chances of getting back on your feet. If you have been convicted of a crime and done the time, it’s possible to start fresh. At Minick Law we can guide you through the entire process and help you get eligible convictions wiped clean from your record. Because everyone deserves a second chance.

There are a number of different types of expunctions that can be filed in North Carolina. Determining your eligibility and the best type of expunction to file is our first step. You want to make sure that your expunction is filed correctly because many of the expunctions available in North Carolina can only be requested once time by the individual seeking to clean up their criminal record.

Our Process

Clear Communication and Criminal Defense

At Minick Law, we believe that solid communication with our clients is in everyone’s best interest.



We set goals.

We want to understand your goals and expectations, and we want to know how to best support and defend you. We also want you to know exactly where you stand in the eyes of the law, and what is reasonable to expect from your case.


We communicate.

Good communication is the foundation of a strong relationship, and those relationships help us provide you with the best representation possible. With us, you’re not just another file; we strive to provide personal compassionate service to our clients.


We care.

We want you to be confident that you will be taken care of by our Criminal Defense Attorneys, and their client-centered approach to helping you get the best outcome possible.

wonderful experience

I had a wonderful experience with the staff at Minick Law, and was pleased with the work that James Minick himself did on my behalf. He not only worked before and during my case, but helped guide and assist me two years afterwards. He's a good man, but also highly intelligent and he knows how the legal system works.

Jessica Allison


Attorney Minick and his staff are professional, knowledgeable, courteous, and efficient. All questions were answered in a timely, respectful, and friendly manner. The firm's attorneys are devoted and their areas of expertise are far-ranging. This firm is top-notch!

William Riddle

knows how to get the job done!

This Law Firm really knows how to get the job done! What a wonderful and pleasant experience knowing and trusting that they would help me out in my time of need. All the attorney's here are very professional and easy to deal with. I highly recommend The Minick Law Firm for any of your needs. Thank you!

Patrick Cusack

best described as excellent

My experience with Minick Law can be best described as excellent. I received optimum results in my case with much attentiveness to my questions and concerns. From my the office staff, I can only say thank you, and job well done!

Kelly Amundsen

exceeds the expectations of a law firm

Minick Law exceeds the expectations of a law firm and demonstrates many outstanding professional qualities. Of these qualities, three really stand out: high level expertise, honesty, and excellent communication. Thank you all for your superior work!

Eric Reitzel

highly recommend

The manner with which [Minick Law] handled our situation was very professional. They saw that all questions were answered and we were at ease with what would occur. I would highly recommend Minick Law Group to anyone needing their services.

Jill Varney

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