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Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC
Carilyn Ibsen

2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd. Suite 202
Charlotte NC 28273
(888) 543-2427

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Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC

 


Please Call: (888)543-2427

As a former prosecutor, Carilyn understands how imperative it is to hire a competent and effective attorney. As a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County California she was required to handle up to eighty cases daily. Carilyn knew exactly which criminal defense attorneys argued their clients cases effectively, which attorneys required the prosecutor to prove their cases beyond a reasonable doubt, and which attorneys had good working relationships with prosecutors.  


Effective representation requires a criminal defense attorney to file the correct motions, recognize a Miranda violation or unlawful search and seizure, understand when to request a bond hearing and, importantly, know how to maintain effective relationships with prosecutors. A criminal defense attorney’s familiarity with a specific prosecutor or judge is critical; understanding what district attorney or judge will be handling the case can potentially be the difference between jail or freedom for a client.  


Please contact Carilyn Ibsen for help on any criminal matter at (888)543-2427 or visit our website at http://www.ibsenlaw.com/.


Our criminal law office is conveniently located in Southwest Charlotte in Mecklenburg County, Just off the South Tryon exit at I-485 in the Ayrsley Town Center.

 

Ms. Carilyn Ibsen graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000. She began her legal practice with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office immediately after having passed the rigorous California Bar exam in the fall of 2000 and following two paid clerkships with the DA’s office during law school in 1999 and 2000. Her schooling included comparative Constitutional Law Classes taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Ms. Ibsen’s undergraduate degree is from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA. During her coursework there, she interned at the Public Defender’s office in San Diego.

 

Ms. Ibsen was a Deputy District Attorney (DDA) in Orange County, California for six years. Orange County (population over 3 million) is the second most populous county in California and fifth most populated in the United States. Its population is racially diverse with a broad range of household income, industry, and crime.

 

While a DDA for Orange County, Ms. Ibsen’s caseload steadily progressed to include all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor petty thefts and driving while intoxicated to serious and violent felonies. Her casework included dozens of criminal jury trials and all types of evidentiary hearings, including motion to suppress evidence, felony preliminary hearings, search warrant motions, and Miranda violations. She wrote and argued a variety of misdemeanor and felony appeals and was effective in settling thousands of cases prior to trial. During her career as a DDA, she earned a reputation as a just but tough trial prosecutor among judges and defense attorneys respectively, and achieved a high success rate of bringing jury trials to a favorable verdict for the prosecution.

 

Since leaving the District Attorney Office in 2006 to relocate to the Carolinas, Carilyn is using the invaluable tools she gained as a prosecutor to develop a thriving criminal defense practice. With Carilyn’s criminal law experience as a Deputy District Attorney, she is able to distinguish herself as a highly skilled advocate, understanding the perspectives of both defense attorneys and the prosecution.

 

Carilyn is an active member of the North Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar, and admitted to practice in Federal Court, Western District of North Carolina. She is also a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar participating in both the criminal justice section and small firm section. In addition, Carilyn is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Charlotte Women’s Bar and the California Bar Association.

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Attorney Profile

Ms. Carilyn Ibsen graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000. She began her legal practice with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office immediately after having passed the rigorous California Bar exam in the fall of 2000 and following two paid clerkships with the DA’s office during law school in 1999 and 2000. Her schooling included comparative Constitutional Law Classes taught by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Ms. Ibsen’s undergraduate degree is from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA. During her coursework there, she interned at the Public Defender’s office in San Diego.

 

Ms. Ibsen was a Deputy District Attorney (DDA) in Orange County, California for six years. Orange County (population over 3 million) is the second most populous county in California and fifth most populated in the United States. Its population is racially diverse with a broad range of household income, industry, and crime.

 

While a DDA for Orange County, Ms. Ibsen’s caseload steadily progressed to include all types of criminal cases from misdemeanor petty thefts and driving while intoxicated to serious and violent felonies. Her casework included dozens of criminal jury trials and all types of evidentiary hearings, including motion to suppress evidence, felony preliminary hearings, search warrant motions, and Miranda violations. She wrote and argued a variety of misdemeanor and felony appeals and was effective in settling thousands of cases prior to trial. During her career as a DDA, she earned a reputation as a just but tough trial prosecutor among judges and defense attorneys respectively, and achieved a high success rate of bringing jury trials to a favorable verdict for the prosecution.

 

Since leaving the District Attorney Office in 2006 to relocate to the Carolinas, Carilyn is using the invaluable tools she gained as a prosecutor to develop a thriving criminal defense practice. With Carilyn’s criminal law experience as a Deputy District Attorney, she is able to distinguish herself as a highly skilled advocate, understanding the perspectives of both defense attorneys and the prosecution.

 

Carilyn is an active member of the North Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar, and admitted to practice in Federal Court, Western District of North Carolina. She is also a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar participating in both the criminal justice section and small firm section. In addition, Carilyn is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Charlotte Women’s Bar and the California Bar Association.

Services

Criminal Defense

At the law office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC, we never underestimate the challenges one encounters when accused of a crime.  Being accused of a crime is an incredibly stressful situation for yourself, family and friends. Our law office treats each client as an individual, giving the client the personal attention they need to feel confident in our services. Each case is evaluated independently and effectively. You should never go to court without competent and effective representation. At your side, Carilyn Ibsen will use her training and experience to protect your rights and help you obtain the best result possible in your case.


Traffic Tickets

The more points you accumulate on your driving record, the higher chances of your insurance premiums increasing or your license being suspended or revoked.  If you have a Mecklenburg County or North Carolina speeding ticket/ moving violation, consult an attorney before you go to court. Unfortunately, most people take the quickest solution when they receive a traffic ticket by sending a check into the courthouse for the full amount. This can have major consequences that could affect your privilege to drive in North Carolina. Please contact the Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC before you do this. We can appear for you in court on most traffic matters.


DMV Hearings/ Getting Your License Back

If you live in Mecklenburg County, or a surrounding county in North Carolina, and if you receive a notice from the North Carolina DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), stating your license will be suspended, you should call an attorney. Life with a revoked or suspended license is not easy. If your driving privileges are important to you, an attorney is essential upon notice of a license suspension. The Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC represents clients at DMV hearings and can help you navigate through the process of keeping your license.  


Juvenile Crimes

The criminal process is different when a juvenile is accused of a crime. Not only are the rules and procedures different from adult court, but defense strategies in juvenile cases require considerations unique to juvenile law, including alternative options available at sentencing. The Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen helps families throughout North Carolina, including Mecklenburg County, when family members find themselves in juvenile court.


Underage Drinking
/Underage DWI

North Carolina has numerous colleges and universities. The job market upon graduation from college is challenging enough. Many companies are requiring criminal background checks with any job application. A criminal conviction makes beginning a career more difficult. If accused of an underage offense, contact the Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen before going to court. 


Expungements

The Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC can help you understand the expungement process and determine if you should file for an expungement in North Carolina. For questions regarding cleaning up your record and the laws surrounding expungement, contact Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC.


Guardianships

If you have a family member in need of protective care, a guardianship may be an appropriate resolution. You will be required to go through the legal guardianship process to seek control over the affairs of a minor or incompetent adult. To be appointed as Guardian in Mecklenburg County, it requires a multistep process including a  thorough investigation of the facts, gathering of records, and presenting a case to the court. If you need assistance or would like information regarding guardianships, please contact the Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC.

Juvenile Law

 


Mecklenburg County Juvenile Attorney (888)543-2427


Juvenile cases are treated very differently than adult cases. Many times you will hear the term ‘juvi case’ when referring to cases involving minors. North Carolina treats anyone under the age of 16 accused of a crime as a ‘minor’ or ‘juvenile’. The court process is different for juveniles. The main difference is that all records are sealed from the general public. This is different than the term ‘being treated as an adult’ where your arrest, pending case, and any conviction are public record.


A juvenile or minor is not entitled to a bond hearing. The minor and parents must attend a detention hearing where the court decides whether or not the minor should stay ‘in custody’, called detention, rather than being released to a guardian or parent. The court will look at the facts of the case, any prior criminal acts by the minor and whether the minor will appear in court on the scheduled date. Often if the minor is released, there are conditions placed on the minor, including curfews.


Juveniles do not have the same right to a jury trial as adults. In Juvenile court, even though the minor is accused of a criminal offense, he/she is not entitled to a jury trial. Instead the Judge will ultimately decide, through a court trial, whether the minor has committed the offense. However the state must still prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.  If a judge finds the minor committed the crime and the minor is sentenced, the minor is not technically ‘convicted’ of any offense. Rather a petition has been sustained. The judge conducts the sentencing but will be given a great amount of input from ‘court counselors’. Court counselors are very similar to probation officers. The juveniles record should then be sealed.

 

It is important to note that in serious cases like Murder, Rape and Carjacking, the State will likely request a ‘transfer hearing’ in juvenile court. In a transfer hearing, a judge decides whether or not the minor’s case should be heard in adult court. If the court decides the case should be transferred, at the conclusion of the transfer hearing, the minor will be treated like any adult. This is also done in cases where the minor has a lengthy history of criminal activity.


For assistance with any juvenile case in Mecklenburg or surrounding county, please contact the Law Office of Carilyn Ibsen PLLC at (888) 543-2427.


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