Edwards & Trenkle, PLLC

Firearms Offenses And Self Defense

We Protect Your Rights To Self-Defense And Firearms

At Edwards & Trenkle, PLLC, we provide support and guidance for those who exercise their right to bear arms. As program attorneys for U.S. Law Shield, one of the nation’s leading programs for self-defense advocacy, we provide comprehensive legal guidance for those who act to protect themselves and their loved ones.

We also are strong advocates for those facing other firearms charges. No matter the charge, our skilled criminal defense attorneys can help you defend your rights.

Does North Carolina Have “Stand Your Ground” Laws?

North Carolina follows a self-defense regulation known as the “castle doctrine.” Under these rules, your home, car and workplace are considered your “castle,” and you are not required to retreat from an intruder. It is lawful to use deadly force in self-defense in all three of these locations.

In other situations, you can use “reasonable force” when threatened. This means that you reasonably believe that force is necessary to protect yourself from an attack. Deadly force is only justified if you think it is essential to keep yourself or someone else from being killed or suffering serious harm.

Understanding North Carolina’s Regulation Of Firearms

State law requires anyone who carries a concealed weapon to have a permit. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is punishable by up to six months in jail. Some residents, including anyone with a felony record or who is subject to a restraining order for domestic violence, are prohibited from possessing firearms at all.

Even if you have a permit to conceal and carry, it is still illegal under state law to bring a firearm into any location where alcohol is consumed or sold – as well as any place that charges for admissions, such as a sporting event or concert. If convicted, you could face up to a year in jail.

Most firearm offenses are felonies, carrying severe penalties that place your freedom at risk. If you face a weapons charge, secure a strong advocate as soon as possible.

Contact Us To Start Building Your Defense

To schedule an initial consultation, contact us online or by phone at one of our office locations. You can call our Pittsboro office at 919-545-5626 or our Durham office at 919-695-7338. It is time to have a formidable advocate in your corner.