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John D. Pritchard

John D. Pritchard

Former Assistant United States Attorney. Now? Your Attorney.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • North Carolina
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I represent people who need help in the criminal justice system. That help can take different forms. Sometimes you may need a champion. Sometimes, a counselor. Others, a diplomat, a strong voice, or a rock. Maybe all of the above.

After more than twenty-two years as a prosecutor, first as an Assistant District Attorney and later as a fed working as an Assistant United States Attorney, I started the Pritchard Firm because I wanted to stand on my own, but also because I wanted to stand for the everyday man and woman facing what often seems like the worst situation of their lives.

Eventually, it will get better. My role is to get you there as fast and effectively as possible.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Native American Law
White Collar Crime
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
ID Number: 27604
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4th Circuit
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Professional Experience
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina
Also served as the Tribal Liaison to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Catawba Nation. Prosecuted all manner of federal crimes, including drugs, firearms, immigration, violent crime, offenses in Indian Country, and crimes on federal lands.
Assistant District Attorney
District Attorney's Office, 40th Prosecutorial District
Assistant District Attorney
District Attorney's Office, 2nd Prosecutorial District
Wake Forest University School of Law
J.D. (2000)
Honors: Trial Bar
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
B.A. (1997) | Philosophy and Peace, War, and Defense
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Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar  # 27604
- Current
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Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Defense
North Carolina State Bar
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5 Questions Answered
Q. I have a misdemeaner larceny charge. The cameras have me putting stuff back before I took again. Can that show borrowing
A: Maybe so. Larceny is the crime of someone:

1) Taking

2) Personal property

3) That is in the possession of another

4) Carrying it away

5) Without consent

6) With the intent to deprive the possessor of it permanently

7) With the knowledge that he or she is not entitled to the property.

It sounds like the sixth element may be helpful if I understand the question correctly. The fact that shows the pressure washer was returned shows a lack of intent to deprive someone of it permanently. But if you are charged with stealing the wheelbarrow and it was never returned, that's certainly going to be a harder case.
A: If your son's probation violation is for absconding (running away and not allowing himself to be supervised) or for committing a new crime, it is possible his entire sentence could be activated and he would have to serve it. If it is for anything else (not paying money, positive drug tests, etc.) then he could get up to 90 days, but other consequences are possible as well.

As for the DWI, the officers would need to be able to prove he was operating the vehicle while impaired. They may be able to do that without actually seeing him drive (did he admit to driving?) but it's obviously harder for them.

I'm down the road--feel free to reach out if you want assistance.
Q. If I have an attorney representing me in my case, can I hire a different lawyer in NC just for a Bond Reduction Hearing
A: The short answer is yes, although it perhaps would be frowned upon and could affect one's ability to continue to argue that he/she is indigent. But there was an ethics question in 2022 about this specific issue, and the Ethics Committee specifically stated that such an arrangement is ethical so long as the attorney fully advises the client of the possible ramifications of such an agreement.
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The Pritchard Firm, PLLC
47 North Market Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: (828) 518-6007
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed