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Charlotte Criminal Defense Attorneys

Doing Whatever It Takes to Defend Our Clients

When you have been accused of a crime, you need a legal team that will stop at nothing to defend you. At Oakhurst Legal Group, we are ready to believe in you and go the extra mile to ensure your future is protected. Our Charlotte criminal defense lawyers have experience assisting clients in North Carolina’s state, county, and municipal court systems, enabling us to help you face whatever legal problem you are navigating.

Many attorneys will shy away from going to trial in criminal defense cases. Defending a client in court requires a level of skill, confidence, and dexterity that many legal professionals cannot muster, leading to a preponderance of plea deals. Some would rather quickly settle a case and move on than do what is fully necessary to advocate for what is truly best for their clients’ interest, especially if prosecutors are aggressively stacking charges.

If we can fight your charges, we are prepared to go to trial. We are more than confident in our legal abilities and have a track record of success in building robust, effective defenses. Our team has experience handling cases involving murder, drug crimes, racketeering, and more. We can work with you one-on-one to understand the intricacies of your case and help you understand what strategies we can pursue and their likelihood of success.

We offer free consultations for criminal defense cases, so do not wait to call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online.

Criminal Defense Legal Services We Offer

Our legal team is equipped to handle a wide variety of case types involving criminal charges. The size or complexity of a case does not matter: We have the legal knowledge to dissect each component of a case and identify effective and innovative legal solutions. Whether you are a first-time offender charged with a misdemeanor or someone facing a litany of simultaneous charges, we are prepared to be the legal advocate you need.

Our Charlotte criminal defense attorneys can defend you in any of the following areas:

  • Drug Crimes. Ranging from simple possession to trafficking, North Carolina drug crimes are strict and can lead to significant jailtime. Even a misdemeanor conviction can do significant damage to a person’s future employment prospects. We can defend you no matter what substances were involved or what specific charges you ultimately face.
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI). Driving under the influence can net you severe, immediate penalties, and careful legal assistance will be necessary to avoid long-term ramifications. We are familiar with how to navigate these types of cases.
  • RICO Charges or Racketeering. The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, is the federal statute targeting criminal enterprises. You can face criminal charges and civil lawsuits through RICO regulations. North Carolina also has its own set of similar racketeering laws. Any type of racketeering case will require a strong legal defense.
  • Traffic Tickets. You should always attempt to fight every traffic ticket, no matter how relatively minor it seems. Accumulating too many traffic tickets can result in your license being suspended and potentially other penalties. We know how to efficiently and effectively contest tickets and can help you cut through the bureaucracy involved.
  • Violent Crimes. We are prepared to defend clients accused of numerous types of violent crimes, including murder, robbery, assault, and domestic violence Our team understands the practical, personal, and professional stakes of these criminal matters and are prepared to litigate in court as necessary.

Our Victories Speak for Themselves

  • Auto Investor Ari Heikkinen and Wife Kaarina Received E-2 Visas Successful Petition for E-2 Visas

    Sherrod Seward of Oakhurst Legal Group successfully petitioned for E-2 investor visas for Finland national Ari Heikkinen and his spouse, Kaarina Heikkinen.

  • DUI Charge Successful Not Guilty Verdict

    Client was found not guilty at trial due to a successful litigation strategy crafted and used by Attorney Harris.

  • Felony Charge Successful Case Dismissal

    Client charged with felony inciting a riot. After disputing the evidence presented by the D.A. and noting their obvious lack of evidence, this case was dismissed prior to trial.

  • Felony Possession of Marijuana Charge Successful Case Dismissal

    Client charged with possession of marijuana for edible foods. After disputing the lack of evidence and proof in the case, charges were dismissed prior to trial.

  • Local Ordinance Violation Successful Case Dismissal

    Client charged with violating a local ordinance. Attorney Harris argued that the ordinance itself was unlawful therefore, in the interest of justice the case should be dismissed prior to trial.

  • Obaika Racing, LLC President and CEO Approved for Three-Year Visa Three-Year Visa Approved

    We effectively petitioned for a three-year approval for Obaika Racing, LLC superstar Victor Obaika’s L-1A status.

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Why You Should Always Hire a Lawyer to Fight Criminal Charges

Too often defendants are bullied or coerced into plea deals by law enforcement or inadequate representation. If you are accused of any kind of crime, no matter how big or small, you have a right to due process. In many situations, that includes a trial and exhausting every potential form of legal relief available to you. Having a criminal record can limit your future opportunities and even restrict your freedoms, so it is always in your best interest to exercise every legal ability afforded to you.

At Oakhurst Legal Group, we are not only passionate about winning cases: We are also invested in your long-term future. Our Charlotte criminal defense lawyers treat clients like friends and family and will leave no stone unturned in finding the best way to defend you. Our firm champions open communication, which is why offer 24/7 access to attentive counseling and offer our legal services in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Russian.


Get the legal support you deserve. Call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online to see how we can help defend you.


What You Can Expect With Us

  • Relatable & Non-Traditional Representation

    We're not your average attorneys. We aim to provide the compassionate ear and highest quality representation to clients of all backgrounds.

  • Honesty

    We pledge to be fully transparent with you about your case and its practice outcomes.

  • Innovative Solutions

    We don't believe in offering standard, obvious choices. Our attorneys always aim to provide creative solutions to your legal obstacles.

  • Accessibility

    Our firm offers 24/7 phone service and consultations in-person, over the phone, and via video conference.

Real Clients. Real Reviews.

  • “I’m a community activist and get arrested regularly—there isn’t another person in Charlotte I want to defend my civil rights. She has won every one of my cases!”

    - Jennifer
  • “I have been a client for Darlene Harris for about 3 years. She goes above and beyond to get the job done.”

    - Jarrell
  • “I am assured that she is always defending and advising me with integrity and a thorough understanding of the law!”

    - Robbie
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