Assault - Not Guilty
Our client was charged with Assault on Child under 12 after disciplining a disobedient boy who lived with our him. Mr. Valentine argued that the defendant's action was a necessary and proper act of discipline and that since he was acting in a parental role, should not be convicted of assault. After a district court trial where 5 witnesses testified, the judge entered a "Not Guilty" verdict.
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense
All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person that was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that's why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through—and I'm here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.
Before attending law school, I worked for a law firm focused on record clearing services, including expungements, pardons, and motions for appropriate relief. The vast experience and understanding of North Carolina's expungement laws that I have acquired has given me an advantage in defending criminal charges, because not only do I fight for the best possible outcome in your case, but I am also continually conscious of the long term effects that a criminal charge or conviction can have on a person's life. As such, I will do whatever I can to insure that my clients will not end up with a criminal record.
I was born in New London, Connecticut, but spent the first few years of my life in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Rutherfordton, North Carolina in 2001. Upon graduating from high school, I attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where I majored in Accounting. Eager to finish school, I began law school at Charlotte School of Law the day of my graduation from GWU, and completed my law degree in two years (instead of the typical three). During law school, I studied hard and strived to acquire the most experience possible so that I would be practice ready upon graduation. The opportunities I gained included prosecuting criminal defendants through an externship with the Burke County District Attorney's Office, defending criminal defendants through Charlotte School of Law's Criminal Justice Clinic, and interning with Farmer & Morris, PLLC.
I am blessed with a beautiful wife, Gabrielle Valentine, who is an attorney at Farmer & Morris, PLLC, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy helping with the youth group in my church, playing basketball and softball in our local church leagues, serving in the prison ministry, and spending time with my family.
Charlotte School of Law
J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Class Rank – 21 of 328
Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review
Certification and Concentration in Employment Law
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
Order of the Crown
Pro Bono Honors
CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I
B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude
Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society
North Carolina State Bar