Mr. Bridges has represented many clients charged with federal offenses in the Eastern District of North Carolina. He is familiar with many of the prosecutors and judges that hold court in this district that extends from Raleigh to the North Carolina coast.
The United States District Court in North Carolina is split into three separate districts, the eastern district, the middle district and the western district of North Carolina. In the eastern district federal judges hold court in Raleigh, Greenville, Elizabeth City, Wilmington, Fayetteville and New Bern. Federal criminal cases consist mostly of major drug and weapons offenses and bank robberies. There are other federal offenses that are defined by statute, many in Title 18 of the United States Code. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are a very complex set of sentencing regulations that are updated and published annually. They are nearly as complex as the tax code.
Engaging in the representation of a defendant in the United States District Court requires a tremendous amount of time and effort. A defendant may be incarcerated nearby or may be incarcerated out of state. Witnesses may be located out of state. Court proceedings may be located in Raleigh, Elizabeth City, Greenville, Fayetteville, New Bern or Wilmington. The sentencing hearing takes place three months or longer after the resolution of the case by plea or by trial. It is important to put substantial resources into research and investigation and hire forensic experts to assist with trial preparation.
Mr. Bridges looks forward to consulting with you about your federal criminal case.