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Christopher A. Beechler

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  • Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, DUI & DWI ...
  • North Carolina
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W. Scott Harkey
W. Scott Harkey November 29, 2022
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Chris holds a wonderful combination of attributes that are important for every attorney. He is a tireless advocate, a tactful negotiator, and he holds a sterling reputation in the legal profession. Chris is a premier attorney and his track record is one of the best in North Carolina.
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Mike B. February 22, 2023
Honest and Knowledgeable I recently engaged Mr. Beechler to handle a legal matter. He was organized and quite knowledgeable about the law. Chris was very easy to communicate with and he was very professional in his approach. In addition, he was empathetic and non-judgmental. I would highly recommend Chris.
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Chris Beechler is a board-certified specialist in state and federal criminal law in North Carolina. A lawyer can only earn this certification after demonstrating exceptional knowledge within the field coupled with sufficient experience in a range of legal actions, including trials and appellate experience. This distinction is held by only a handful of attorneys in the Winston-Salem area.

Chris Beechler has been practicing criminal law in North Carolina for over 20 years. He represents clients throughout North Carolina's state courts, all three federal district courts, and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Chris represents clients charged with any criminal offense. He has tried dozens of jury trials to verdict in multiple jurisdictions. Recent trials include: Sex Offenses, RICO violations, and Homicide. Chris is a frequent speaker / presenter on various criminal law topics.

Chris Beechler has earned the AV Preeminent recognition of his peers in Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings, an honor given to a mere 5 percent of lawyers in America. He is a dedicated lawyer you can trust with your liberties and livelihood.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Violent Crimes
    White Collar Crime
    DUI & DWI
    Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
Additional Practice Area
  • Federal Criminal Defense
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
ID Number: 27708
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4th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Beechler Tomberlin, PLLC
Wake Forest University School of Law
J.D. (2001) | Law
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The Citadel
B.A. (1995) | English
Honors: cum laude
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Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
Legal Elite
Business North Carolina
Annual statewide ballot voted on by NC attorneys.
AV Preeminent
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Services
Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
10.0 Rating
Justia Inc
10 Superb
Professional Associations
State Bar of North Carolina  # 27708
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North Carolina Bar Association
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Activities: Former Chair - Criminal Law Division
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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Articles & Publications
CLE Protecting the Liberty Interest
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation
Speaking Engagements
Protecting the Liberty Interest, Criminal Issues with Audio and Video Recordings
Board-Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law
North Carolina State Bar
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3 Questions Answered
Q. can a 20 year old go to jail if he gets a 17 year old pregnant ?
A: No (usually). The age of consent in NC is 16. However, there are 2 general exceptions. 14-27.32. Sexual activity with a student. (a) If a defendant, who is a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, school safety officer, or coach, at any age, or who is other school personnel, and who is at least four years older than the victim engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a victim who is a student, at any time during or after the time the defendant and victim were present together in the same school, but before the victim ceases to be a student, the defendant is guilty of a Class G felony, except when the defendant is lawfully married to the student. The term "same school" means a school at which the student is enrolled and the defendant is employed, assigned, or volunteers. (b) A defendant who is school personnel, other than a teacher, school administrator, student teacher, school safety officer, or coach, and is less than four years older than the victim and engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a victim who is a student, is guilty of a Class I felony. (c) This section shall apply unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing for greater punishment. (d) Consent is not a defense to a charge under this section. (e) For purposes of this section, the terms "school", "school personnel", and "student" shall have the same meaning as in G.S. 14-202.4(d). For purposes of this section, the term "school safety officer" shall include a school resource officer or any other person who is regularly present in a school for the purpose of promoting and maintaining safe and orderly schools. § 14-27.31. Sexual activity by a substitute parent or custodian. (a) If a defendant who has assumed the position of a parent in the home of a minor victim engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with a victim who is a minor residing in the home, the defendant is guilty of a Class E felony. (b) If a person having custody of a victim of any age or a person who is an agent or employee of any person, or institution, whether such institution is private, charitable, or governmental, having custody of a victim of any age engages in vaginal intercourse or a sexual act with such victim, the defendant is guilty of a Class E felony. (c) Consent is not a defense to a charge under this section.
Q. can i ask a clerk of court why someone is on probation and terms of their probation
A: Yes. Most criminal files are public records maintained by the clerk of court in any North Carolina County. The clerk's office can provide case specifics about convictions, punishments and probation. You can also pay for a copy of a criminal file.
Q. I have a pending case ..I'm currently in drug treatment and my center sent in documentation. Now I dont see my case
A: If you didn't speak directly with the district attorney's office, you might have been marked absent in which case an order for arrest may have been issued. You can call the clerk of court of the county in which you're charged, and a deputy clerk can verify that for you. If there is an order for your arrest for failing to appear in court, you can hire an attorney to attempt to have the order recalled and to set a new court date. Good luck!
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Beechler Tomberlin, PLLC
380 Knollwood Street
Ste 305
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Telephone: (336) 723-1110
Fax: (336) 842-3971
Monday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Evening and weekend appointments available.
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