Why You Should Call Hancock: A Criminal Defense Attorney You Can Trust
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  1. Joel Hancock never thinks of you as a criminal defense case; he thinks of you as a person with a problem he is qualified to solve.
  2. He will listen carefully to your account of the events precipitating your arrest and quickly begin to figure out which defense strategy will work best to result in a positive outcome.
  3. His primary goal is getting you a dismissal or winning you an acquittal in court. Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, he will never give up on you and will work tirelessly to negotiate a favorable plea bargain.
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Protecting You in Your Quest for Justice
State v. S.G. Driving While Impaired

Potential sentence: Up to 3 years in jail
Case dismissed for lack of reasonable suspicion to stop client’s car.

State v. N.G. Communicating Threats

Potential sentence: Up to 4 months in jail
Not guilty verdict at trial.

Hancock Law Offers Comprehensive Criminal Defense

No matter what type of law you are accused of breaking, Hancock Law Firm is ready to provide you with outstanding criminal defense. Criminal charges Joel will defend you from include felonies and misdemeanors such as:

Felony Assaults

Assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon another person, or a serious threat to do so, but not all assaults in North Carolina rise to the level of felonies. Felony assaults are typically those [1] inflicted on a child [2] involving a deadly weapon with serious injury or with intent to kill or [3] involving strangulation.

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes are taken very seriously in Carteret County, North Carolina. Such crimes range from possession, sale or delivery, to cultivating, manufacturing or drug trafficking. Harsher penalties result when you are found to possess or distribute larger quantities of illegal drugs. The seriousness of the crime is also dependent on which category of drug is involved.

Sex Offenses

Sex offenses include prostitution, soliciting, possessing or distributing child pornography, sexual assault, and rape. The most serious sex offenses involve force, penetration, physical injury, or assault on a vulnerable person such as a child, someone mentally challenged, or an incapacitated, elderly, or cognitively impaired person.

Gun Crimes & Arson

Gun crimes include illegal possession, illegal concealment, having an unregistered weapon, or leaving a gun accessible to a minor. Arson is the act of intentionally setting fire to property.

Burglary and Robbery

Both burglary and robbery are more serious types of theft than shoplifting. Burglary involves breaking into a dwelling or other structure with the intent to steal, while robbery involves using a threat of physical harm to steal directly from another person.


There are many types of homicide (killing another person). These include voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, murder in the first (premeditated) or second degree, felony murder (while committing another felony), and vehicular manslaughter. Punishments are harsher when crimes are intentional and/or premeditated.

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We will do everything in our power to spare you the financial, physical, and emotional discomfort of a guilty verdict and harsh punishment. Remember that saving you from harm is our top priority. As soon as you Call Hancock we will start working for your best interests.

Hancock Law Firm serves residents in Beaufort, Morehead City, and throughout all of Carteret County.