A Track Record Of Successful Results
Photo of Joshua Nielsen
Photo of Joshua Nielsen
Photo of Joshua Nielsen

Aggressive Criminal Defense For Waynesville And Surrounding Areas

Regardless of the offense, when you are charged with a criminal offense it can feel hopeless as well as terrifying. The prosecution is there to enforce the law. But a criminal defense attorney is there to protect your rights.

The State Is The Sword. We Are Your Shield.

At Nielsen Legal we have a firm belief in the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly with Fourth Amendment rights, such as the prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizure by authorities.

We often find that over-zealous officers make mistakes. Conducting unlawful stops, committing police misconduct, failing to Mirandize you – we’ve seen it all.


At Nielsen Legal, we have enforced the rights of hundreds of clients throughout Waynesville, Asheville and Sylva, North Carolina, mounting a powerful defense against authorities who follow illegal protocols. We are willing to go to trial for you, pleas are a last resort and we will represent you in trial if that will provide your best outcome as part of your strategy.

When you have been charged with a serious offense, you need a serious trial attorney. We have taken hundreds of cases to trial before judges and juries ranging from homicides and rape cases through DWIs and drug charges. Remember, the prosecution wants you to plea, we want to protect your rights and do our best to keep your criminal record clean.

Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas

With a decade of combined experience, our lawyers represent clients in both Federal and State District and Superior Court for:

  • Assault, such as assault on a female
  • Traffic violations, including DWI/DUI, and driving with a revoked license
  • Sexual offenses, including sexual battery, first-degree rape, and statutory rape
  • Drug offenses, involving possession of marijuana, cocaine, and opiates
  • Violent crimes, including vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and domestic violence
  • Property crimes, involving robbery and breaking and entering
  • Financial offenses, including larceny by employee, embezzlement, identity theft and tax evasion

Indian Law

We are also experienced at handling court matters for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. We know the laws and trial procedural rules to effectively defend those in the Cherokee tribal community who are facing criminal charges.

You Are Not Alone. We Will Fight For Your Rights. Contact Us Today.

If you are facing a criminal charge, reach out to our attorneys with Nielsen Legal. Josh Nielsen is certified as a board specialist in criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar. We can discuss your case and whether police followed proper procedure.

At Nielsen Legal, we will listen to your concerns and do our best to alleviate your fears. Call 828-564-1321 or contact us online. Free consults, jail visits.