Buncombe County- Asheville, North Carolina Criminal Lawyers, Traffic Law Firm, DWI/DUI Impaired Driving Attorneys

 

Buncombe County, North Carolina

Completed in 2013, The Buncombe County Judicial Complex added much needed courtroom and administrative space to the Buncome County Courthouse. Most of your cases in Buncombe County will be handled here.  Traffic Citations, Criminal Law, DWI, and License Revocation matters.

Buncombe County Courthouse

Asheville is the county seat of Buncombe County, and the largest city in Buncombe County. Other towns are located in the county include Weaverville, Barnardsville,  Woodfin, Leicester, Alexander, Candler, Skyland, Arden, Mills River, Fletcher, Fairview, Swannanoa, Black Mountain, and Montreat.

Buncombe County Roads

Buncombe county is a crossroads between Interstate 26 and Interstate 40. US Hwy 19, US Hwy 23, US Hwy 64, US Hwy 74 also cris-cross through Asheville and Buncombe County.  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, many Police cruisers, and  Sheriff patrol cars are equipped with radar or other speed measuring devices and regularly operate speed patrol and prevention operations.

Speeding

Speeding tickets cost you money!  Just one speeding citation can cause your insurance rates to rise as much as 80%  Watch your speed in Buncombe County. If you receive a citation, please call us to see how we can help.

Asheville Crime

If you are charged with a crime in Asheville, Buncombe County, call us today. You have rights. Exercise them- Do NOT speak to the police. Ask for a lawyer.   Call us today. 

Impaired Driving

If you are charged with DWI, you have certain rights that you must act quickly to preserve. Some things must be challenged within 10 days of your charge, or your right to challenge can be lost.  Call us as soon as possible, so we can start work to protect your rights.

Our office represents clients in Buncombe County on criminal charges, drug charges, traffic matters, license revocations, expunctions, impaired driving, and other criminal and traffic matters.

DWI/Impaired Driving in Asheville, Buncombe County

Almost no case is taken as seriously as Impaired driving in North Carolina. Most persons charged with serious felony charges in North Carolina have far more options available to them than persons charged with DWI.  Even if you have no record at all. This is simply a result of the overly aggressive DWI lobby led in North Carolina by MADD, continually pressuring the legislature to enact stricter penalties for Impaired Driving. Since 2007, each session of the legislature has enacted some form of new legislation making DWI a more serious crime and chiseling away at the Constitutional Rights of the defendant. If you are charged with DWI, you need an experienced, informed, aggressive attorney on your side.

Even though I expect the district attorneys office in Asheville, Buncombe County to be fair and reasonable, the very political nature of DWI makes it a difficult charge to defend. DWI in North Carolina does not get “pleabargained” to lesser offenses.  North Carolina Law requires the district attorney to prepare a lengthy written explanation for any change to, or dismissal of, any “implied consent” (alcohol- related) charge. This long written form is then filed as a public document that the “courtwatchers” have access to and keep tabs on. Of course, this means that as a practical matter no elected official is going to make any modification or dismissal of a DWI charge except in the most rare circumstance. Therefore, when you are charged with a DWI, you can expect that the case is going to proceed “as charged”.  You will either be found guilty, or not guilty, of what you are charged with.

At the Curtis Sluder Law Firm, we aggressively look for any error made by law enforcement, magistrates, or other individuals involved in your case. We start by critically examining the reason you were stopped based on the most current legislation and case law.  The officer must have made initial contact either through a consensual encounter, reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop, or a properly conducted license check.  If the contact phase passes scrutiny, we explore all known  factors that may or may not have given the officer probably cause to make an arrest. This includes proper field sobriety tests given according to standards established by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Other factors the officer considered in forming his opinion of your condition and decision to arrest are also explored in depth.

Once the decision to arrest has been made, the information that may have been presented to the magistrate is reviewed, rights forms are examined to be certain you were afforded your rights prior to an intoxilizer test.  Procedures must have been followed in administering the test, and certain legal requirements must be met in allowing for your release from custody after your arrest  and initial appearance before the magistrate has been completed.

There are hundreds of possibilities to explore in every DWI case- and this is just the guilt or innocence aspect of the case. Drivers license implications, DMV penalties, sentencing requirements, and costs also factor into each case.  At the Curtis Sluder Law Firm, we have the experience garnered from daily representation of defendants for over 15 years, as well as experience from prosecuting cases for the State.  We strive to master new laws and follow the appellate courts decisions as they relate to criminal, traffic, and impaired driving cases on a regular basis. We involve ourselves in routine Q&A sessions with other top attorneys across North Carolina on a regular basis to stay on top of the latest developments.  We continue to build on our experience with DMV, law enforcement, the District Attorneys Office, our Honorable Judges, Magistrates, fellow attorneys, clerks, and other court officials and liasons to make  our clients experiences as successful as possible.

Traffic Cases in Buncombe County

Traffic cases in Buncombe County are usually scheduled for the first week of each month in Administrative Court. We represent most traffic cases by written waiver, which means we inform you of the likely options for your case, possible outcomes, our plan of action in your case, and you allow us to go to court on your behalf, meaning you do not need to take a day off work in order to attend court to handle your traffic cases. This is especially important for persons who were ticketed while passing through western North Carolina, as well as residents with other obligations.  Rest assured that your presence is not necessary, though, and if things do not go as we planned in court, we will continue the case and contact you about any new developments that may have arisen. Representation in traffic matters usually incur a fee from as little as $100, and we typically save you far more than that by preventing possible insurance increases.

Driver License Points

North Carolina uses two different point systems for Traffic Cases. Drivers license points, and Insurance points. Drivers license points are assessed for each traffic violation, and are tabulated by the NC DMV.  When a driver accumulates 12 drivers license points in a 3 year period, The NC DMV suspends the license of the driver. After you get your license back, you can only have 8 points in three years or you lose your license again. When a driver has accumulated 7 points, they may be eligible for a DMV based “Driver Improvement Clinic” for a one time reduction of  3 points from their license.

Insurance Points

Insurance points are assessed based on convictions on the drivers official record, or accidents requiring the insurers attention.   The points assessed are regulated by the North Carolina Safe Driver improvement Program (SDIP points)  A more complete list of point assessment is located HERE.  As an example, a speeding ticket for 80-65 would result in 4 SDIP insurance points. This results in an 80% increase in insurance rates. This increase is assessed each time your insurance renews, for three years. If you currently pay $300 every 6 months, after on ticket for 80-65, your insurance would increase to $540, or $240 more. This continues for the next 6 renewal periods for a total insurance increase of $1440. We can usually modify the charge you are convicted of to prevent the assessment of insurance points, drivers license points, or both, depending  on the circumstances of each case and your record. For a legal fee as low as $100-200, you can save $1440 or more.

CDL Drivers

Commercial drivers, drivers who hold a CDL or drivers who are operating a commercial vehicle, often have special circumstances and more severe repercussions for traffic offenses. Many offenses carry double, or enhanced, drivers license points when operating a commercial vehicle. Some options available to non-CDL drivers may not be available to commercial drivers. And this is true of not only “Class A” CDL holders, but “Class B” CDL drivers as well.

Commercial drivers also have to be concerned with their Federal CDL points, or CSA points. CSA points are assessed based on the original charges, so we make a special effort to secure dismissal  whenever it is possible, and modification of charges when that is not possible.  We understand how “major violations” harm a commercial driver more than a non CDL driver.  We go to great lengths for every client, but understand the peculiar circumstances CDL drivers face.   Although traffic charges are difficult to win at trial, we have tried successfully several CDL driver cases. Occasionally we can get permission to enter a not guilty plea and have a “trial by waiver”, but usually the defendant will need to be present in court for a trial.

Non CDL Drivers

Non CDL Drivers are concerned with driver license points, of course, but we understand that the bottom line for most drivers is in the pocketbook- We go over all available options with each client, and try to find the best cost saving option to prevent insurance increases.  Different options may be best suited to different clients, depending on their family, other drivers on the policy, prior record, and the amount of driving they do. If you have negative prior entries on your driving record, we may need to come up with creative options to keep you licensed and minimize your insurance. Our extensive experience in Asheville, Buncombe County representing traffic defendants is  your best bet for keeping your insurance rates low.

Criminal Cases in Buncombe County

Typically, misdemeanor criminal cases in Buncombe County start in administrative court, held the first week of each month, and then proceed to regular sessions of district court. Different judges usually preside in administrative court, and our regular elected district court judges preside in the regular sessions of district court. Unless we represent you by waiver, or have told you otherwise, defendants should be in court by 9:00 for calendar call. The District Attorney is usually not available to speak with unrepresented defendants before the calendar call.

A district court criminal charge can be initiated by an arrest or by a citation.  If the defendant is arrested, he is taken before the magistrate to have bond and other conditions of release set. Often, an unsecured bond or a small secured bond is set for misdemeanants.  The defendant is given a court date if released on bond. If the defendant is taken into custody and cannot make bond, then they will be taken before a District Court Judge within a few days in order to appoint counsel or to schedule a bond hearing. Once this is done, they are given a new court date and afforded an opportunity to speak with a lawyer (who will often make a bond motion to reduce or unsecure the bond, so that the defendant can be released and better assist in defending their case.  Once the court date arrives, the defendants lawyer may further investigate the case beyond what he was able to do prior to the court date, negotiate with the District Attorney, point out weaknesses in the states case, and try to arrive at an agreeable pleabargain. If no acceptable pleabargain can be had, then the case may be called for trial.

A trial in district court begins with the District Attorney arraigning the defendant, or formally announcing the charge, and the defendant, through his or her attorney, entering a formal plea of not guilty. The state then begins to call the witnesses to the stand in order to testify against the defendant. This usually consists of law enforcement officers testimony, or victim testimony, but can include other relevant witnesses and expert testimony, such as laboratory analysts from the State Crime Lab.  Once the State witnesses have testified, we get our opportunity to cross examine the witnesses- This is where we may try to pin them down to a specific account of the facts, question their ability to accurately observe the situation, secure testimony of investigatory methods they did NOT use, question their credibility in many cases, and discredit their original testimony where possible and useful.

This process repeats for each state witness. Once the state feels they have presented their case adequately, the State “Rests”.  If I feel the state has not adequately proven their case at this point, I make a motion to dismiss- that is, even if the Judge accepts everything testified to by the State Witnesses, the State has not adequately proven the case based on the law.  If the judge grants my motion at this point, which is fairly rare, the case is dismissed. If not, we then call any witnesses we wish to testify on our behalf. The state, of course, gets the opportunity to cross examine those witnesses as we did earlier. Once all testimony has been heard, including any rebuttal witnesses or re-called witnesses, closing arguments are made before the Judge, and the Judge then issues his or her verdict.

After the verdict has been entered, if it is guilty on any of the charges, then the case proceeds to the sentencing phase.

Buncombe County Directory (Close Tabs)
Clerk Of Court

Buncombe County Clerk of Court

Steven D. Cogburn
Clerk of Superior Court

Physical/Mailing Address
60 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801-3519
p. (828) 259-3400

Court dates
If you would like to check on a criminal or traffic court date, you may call the Clerk’s Office at (828) 259-3402.

The Clerk of Court cannot grant continuances.

Record Checks
Criminal records are a matter of public record and may be checked by name upon the payment of the statutory $25.00 fee.

 Clerk of Court Fax numbers:

Criminal Division:
828-259-3374

Civil Division:
828-259-3401

Small Claims:
828-259-3373

Estates:
828-259-3378

Jury:
828-259-3371

Information Window:
828-259-3370
General Information            (828) 259-3400

 

Clerk of Superior Court’s Office                                                   (828) 259-3400

Criminal                                                                                         (828) 259-3374 (FAX)

Civil                                                                                               (828) 259-3401 (FAX)

Community Service Office                                                           (828) 251-6720

District Attorney- Todd Williams                                                     (828) 259-3410

(828) 259-3411 (FAX)

District Court Judges Office                                                         (828) 259-3412

Diane Corkhill, Judicial Assistant                                                 (828) 259-6548

Law Library                                                                                   (828) 250-4734

Magistrates Office                                                                        (828) 250-4690

 

 

 

Register of Deeds Office                                                              (828) 250-4300

 

Superior Court Judges Office                                                       (828) 259-3416

 

Cindy Crawford, Judicial Assistant                                              (828) 259-6473

 

Trial Court Administrator’s Office                                            (828) 259-3418

(828) 259-3384 (FAX)

Marc Shimberg, TCA                                                                    (828) 259-6479

 

Adult Drug Treatment Court                                                     (828) 259-6595

Victim Witness Coordinator District                                              (828) 259-6451

Victim Witness Coordinator Superior                                            (828) 259-6428

 

Family Court                                                                                (828) 259-3415

(828) 259-3372 (FAX)

Anne Elliott                                                                                    (828) 259-6467

Ellen Sprague                                                                                (828) 259-6468

Sue Swanger                                                                                (828) 259-6469

 

Custody Mediation

Janet Harvey                                                                                (828) 259-6505

Kathy Marth                                                                                  (828) 259-6506

 

Access & Visitation Prgram

Kim Granelle                                                                                 (828) 259-6507

 

Family Drug Treatment Court (SOAR)

Denise Miller                                                                                 (828) 259-6550

 

Guardian Ad Litem                                                                     (828) 251-6130

(828) 251-6235 (FAX)

 

Related Telephone Numbers

US Federal Court Bankruptcy                                                      (828) 771-7300

US Federal Court Clerk                                                                (828) 771-7200

Asheville Police Department                                                         (828) 258-3208

Buncombe County Sheriff                                                            (828) 250-6670

State Highway Patrol                                                                    (828) 298-4256

Probation

Community Corrections Division 4 Office, NC Division of Adult Correction – Buncombe County

60 Courthouse Plaza
Community Corrections, Adult Probation Office
Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 232-5059

What happens if your sentence is suspended and you are placed on probation?

You will be assigned an officer after a brief intake process the day you are in court. At your first appointment, your officer will review the court judgment with you and the expectations of probation supervision to include regular and special conditions of probation and any money you must pay to the State of North Carolina.

Every person on probation will be assessed for their risk and needs during the first 60 days of supervision. The information is gathered by your officer through home visits, office contacts, family contacts and the officer’s observations which will help establish your priorities during supervision. The assessments help your officer determine how often you will need to report and understand your needs which are related to your risk of re-arrest. Your officer will help you begin to work toward your goals and review these, along with the court conditions on a regular basis.

Supervised Probation

The judge has ordered that you spend a specific amount of time on probation while complying with certain conditions. The same regular conditions apply to everyone under supervision. Special conditions of probation are those conditions that are specific to your case, and may or may not be the same for someone convicted of a similar offense. Circumstances in your case are unique, so the special conditions of probation will be different.

Referrals to Community Resources and Interventions

Your officer may refer you for assistance with the following: drug/alcohol problems, anger management, mental health, job readiness, vocational rehabilitation, education, housing assistance, parenting, family counseling, residential treatment or consumer credit counseling. The officer may utilize Treatment Accountability for a Safer Community (TASC) to help bridge these services, if applicable. You will have the opportunity to make positive changes in your life with the assistance of the agencies in your community. In addition to the conditions ordered by the court, your probation officer will ask you to complete worksheets designed to assist you in thinking about how your choices are affecting your behavior.

Rewards and Consequences with Supervision

When individuals are in compliance with the conditions of supervision, the probation officer may give incentives or rewards such as changing curfews, allowing time for family activities, requesting modification of conditions, less frequent drug screening, decreasing frequency of reporting and possible early termination from supervision. When an individual does not comply, the probation officer has a duty to respond. Possible consequences include the use of delegated authority or having additional conditions imposed by your probation officer or a formal violation hearing before the court which may result in jail or prison time.

What does Delegated Authority mean?
Delegated Authority allows a probation officer to impose certain additional requirements in structured sentencing cases on a probationer without court involvement. The probationer can either be in violation status or through the Department’s risk assessment process be determined to be high risk. In either situation, the probation officer can impose additional requirements for the purpose of public safety and/or changing your behavior. Completion of any imposed activities can result in a lessening of requirements when there are positive changes.

Periods of Confinement
For probationers placed on probation with offense dates on or after 12/1/2011, the officer can use delegated authority to require jail confinement for 2 to 3 days and for no more than 6 days per month during any 3 separate months. You will have the option to refuse the days in jail which will automatically result in the violation(s) being addressed in a formal violation hearing before the Court. Violations may also result in an appearance before the Court where a 90 day Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV) could be imposed as a response to violations other than a new criminal offense or statutory absconding. The Court may impose confinement of 90 days for a felony or up to 90 days for a misdemeanor. Upon completion of the 90 day CRV, you will be released back into the community to complete the remainder of your supervision period. Probationers will be required to serve (2) two periods of confinement before the Court can revoke the remainder of the sentence.

Payments
A condition of your probation may require you to pay the State of North Carolina certain costs, fees and fines associated with violating the laws of the State of North Carolina. Amounts are specified on your judgment. Your probation officer will total all your costs (including the supervision fee) and divide them by the amount of time you are on probation (Minus 2 months). This is the amount you must pay each month in order to pay all the fees owed as ordered. You may pay more on the monthly payment if you wish, but the minimum payment is required. You may also pay all fees owed at one time. Payments are to be made to the Clerk in the county where you were convicted.

It is important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your probation officer. You are required to meet with your probation officer as specified on the date and time set by the officer. If you can not keep a scheduled appointment, you must call your Probation Officer ahead of time when possible.

It is in your best interest to comply with the conditions ordered by the court or your Probation Officer. By abiding by both the regular and special conditions you can avoid any violations and will successfully complete your probation.

The benefits of abiding by your conditions, changing your behavior and paying your fees as scheduled could mean the early end of your probation. This is a possibility, not a guarantee.

If you are a first time offender under 18 at the time of the commission of a nonviolent felony, you may be eligible for a criminal record expunction.

Bail Bonds
Bail bonds help to assure a person’s appearance in court. A person who has been arrested for an offense and placed under a “secured bond” may be released from custody by putting up the full amount of the bond in cash, with the signature of a person who has enough property to cover the amount of the bond, or by a bail agent. Bail agents charge a non-refundable fee of up to 15 percent of the amount of the bond. Upon signing the bond, the bail agent becomes responsible for the defendant’s appearance in court and liable for the full amount of the bond. If the defendant appears in court as required and the case is disposed, the bond is void. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail agent must return the defendant to the court within 150 days or pay the full amount of the bond. This provides a strong financial incentive for the bail agent to do his or her job.If a bail agent is forced to forfeit on a bond, the bond amount is paid directly to North Carolina’s free public school system.
Bail agents enjoy rights just like any other private citizen. Bail agents may carry firearms as protection but are held to the same requirements as other private citizens, including training and certification for firearms.
If a person does not show up in court, bail agents will hunt for the person who they have bailed out, and bring him back to court.
A bail agent does not HAVE to post bail for anyone- if the agent considers someone to be too high a risk, they can refuse to act as their surety.
More information can be found here  NC Bail Agent Association
K C’s 24/7 Bail Bond
10 North Spruce Street Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-7671
Scottie Ward Bail Bonds
(828) 691-5555
Free Bird Bail Bonds
(828) 284-7926
18 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801
We Spring Bail Bonds
17 North Market Street #203
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 225-4400
Behind-Bars Bail Bonds
(828) 337-2188

Bail Pros Bail Bonding

18 Patton Cemetery Road
Swannanoa, NC 28778
(828) 686-0493

Wardlaw Bail Bonding

71 Balm Grove Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 258-2507

Blackjack Bail Bond

44 Braddock Way
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 277-7110

KAM Bonding Services

River Ridge Market Pl
800 Fairview Road
Asheville, NC 28803
 (828) 225-1860

Affordable Bail Bonds INC

Asheville, NC 28801
 (828) 254-3737
Buncombe County Sheriff Dept

About the Sheriff

Sheriff Van Duncan was born in Spruce Pine, Mitchell County, NC.  He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1982 and attended Western Carolina University, graduated in 1986 with B.S. in Criminal Justice, and graduated from Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University in 1993.  Sheriff Duncan has worked in law enforcement since 1986; he has worked as a Patrolman, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Detective for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Duncan was Chief of Company Police for Biltmore Estate House and Gardens for 6 years.  Sheriff Duncan also worked as an Instructor/Coordinator in the Management/Supervision Section for the North Carolina Justice Academy for 2-1/2 years prior to being elected Sheriff.  Sheriff Duncan was first elected to the Office of Sheriff of Buncombe County in 2006, and was re-elected to a second term in 2010, and a third term in 2014.  He lives in Leicester with his wife, Shana, and they have three sons, Austin, Colton and Heath.

Sheriff Van Duncan
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
p. (828) 250-4503

Asistencia en Espanol
p. (828) 250-4542

Address
202 Haywood St
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sheriff Contacts

Main Sheriff’s Office Line
828-250-4503

After Hours Please Call
828-250-6670

Animal Control
828-255-5555

Civil Process
828-250-4410

Communications
828-250-6670

Crime Prevention
828-775-2672

Crime Stoppers
828-255-5050

Criminal Investigation
828-250-4436

Detention
828-250-4550

Gun Permit
828-250-4661

Patrol
828-250-4429

Property/Evidence
828-250-4465

Records
828-250-4456

Support Services
828-250-4503

NC State Highway Patrol

North Carolina State Highway Patrol 

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s primary mission is to reduce collisions and make the highways of North Carolina as safe as possible.

Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, making traffic crashes the leading cause of death for teenagers.  Our goal is to educate teenage drivers on the dangers of driving irresponsibly.

The State Highway Patrol has more than 1,600 troopers who cover 78,000 miles of North Carolina roadways, more than any other state except Texas. In addition to enforcing the state’s traffic laws, State troopers also guide traffic during hurricane evacuations, re-route traffic around hazardous chemical spills, and they stand ready, should any act of terrorism occur.

State Troopers are committed to protecting North Carolina’s motoring public.  Please be alert and drive responsibly.

Asheville, Buncombe County, NC is served by Troop G of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Troop G – Asheville

Troop G Headquarters
600 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805-1995
(828) 298-4253
(828) 299-4626 fax

Directions:  From I-40 take exit 53B to I-240, then take Exit 7 onto Tunnel Road. Travel east for approximately 0.5 miles. Troop Headquarters complex is located on the north side of U.S. 70.

Troop G Garage
600 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805-1995
(828) 298-8341
(828) 299-4626 fax

Directions:  From I-40 take exit 53B to I-240, then take Exit 7 onto Tunnel Road. Travel east for approximately 0.5 miles. Troop Headquarters complex is located on the north side of U.S. 70.

Troop G Radio
600 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805-1995
(828) 298-1317
(828) 299-4626 fax

Directions:  From I-40 take exit 53B to I-240, then take Exit 7 onto Tunnel Road. Travel east for approximately 0.5 miles. Troop Headquarters complex is located on the north side of U.S. 70.

Collision reports for crashes investigated by the NC SHP are available HERE

Comments on Troopers (good or bad) can be submitted HERE

Alcohol Law Enforcement

Alcohol Law Enforcement

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement is a branch under the State Bureau of Investigation. Created in 1977, ALE’s primary focus was as the lead enforcement agency for the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws. Since its formation, ALE’s role has expanded to include the enforcement of controlled substance, tobacco, lottery and gambling laws, as well as the administration of the Boxing Authority and bingo program.

Community Impact is the measure of all  investigations conducted by special agents of Alcohol Law Enforcement. ALE  special agents take a leadership role in the investigation of complex, multi-jurisdictional drug trafficking organizations as well as investigations targeting problem ABC permitted establishments. These problem establishments often serve as a haven for violence, violations of the ABC laws, gaming violations, money laundering and other criminal activity. By partnering with sheriffs offices, police departments, federal agencies and other state agencies, our diverse and highly skilled workforce proudly serves the citizens of North Carolina through the criminal and regulatory enforcement of the state’s alcohol, narcotics and gaming statutes.

ALE’s 110 sworn special agents are empowered with broad authority as peace officers to investigate, arrest, and take enforcement action for any criminal offense, and their territorial jurisdiction extends throughout North Carolina. ALE special agents may perform any law enforcement duty assigned by the secretary of Public Safety or the governor. Special agents must have detailed knowledge of the laws of arrest, search and seizure, handling of firearms, and use of deadly force. Some investigations may require lengthy surveillance, undercover operations, or other advanced techniques to collect the evidence necessary for court or administrative hearings.

In addition to conducting criminal investigations, ALE special agents also perform many public safety functions. As a member of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT), ALE routinely provides assistance to FEMA, state, and local authorities by providing humanitarian relief to victims and emergency services following natural disasters. ALE special agents are often called upon to assist local law enforcement with all aspects of routine police duties to supplement departments in their disaster efforts, including responding to calls for service; routine patrol; staffing checkpoints; and conducting search and rescue missions.

District VIII – Asheville

Serving Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

Special Agent in Charge Stacy Cox
5 Barbetta Drive, Ridgefield Business Center
Asheville, N.C. 28806

(828) 670-5055  |  (828) 670-5059 fax

Wildlife Law Enforcement
First Name Last Name Title County Phone Ext Email
KENNETH ASHE MASTER OFF. Macon 828-200-2844 kenneth.ashe@ncwildlife.org
BROCK AUVIL AREA SGT. Cherokee 828-557-1648 brock.auvil@ncwildlife.org
TANNER BALDWIN W. ENF. OFF. Haywood 828-490-6751 tanner.baldwin@ncwildlife.org
DARRIN BALL HUNTER ED. SPECIALIST Henderson 828-891-4093 darrin.ball@ncwildlife.org
BRANDON BRYSON MASTER OFF. Madison 828-450-7037 brandon.bryson@ncwildlife.org
DANIEL CABLE MASTER OFF. Cherokee 828-450-7894 dan.cable@ncwildlife.org
MICKEY CARPENTER MASTER OFF. Jackson 828-557-0616 mickey.carpenter@ncwildlife.org
BRIAN COOKSTON MASTER OFF. Swain 828-557-0482 brian.cookston@ncwildlife.org
ROB FULLBRIGHT LT. Buncombe 828-200-2824 rob.fullbright@ncwildlife.org
BRIAN GILLESPIE W. ENF. OFF. Haywood 828-514-5703 brian.gillespie@ncwildlife.org
ANDREW HELTON AREA SGT. Buncombe 828-450-4078 andrew.helton@ncwildlife.org
AUSTIN HERNANDEZ MASTER OFF. Graham 828-399-9223 austin.hernandez@ncwildlife.org
BRENT HYATT MASTER OFF. Jackson 828-371-4975 brent.hyatt@ncwildlife.org
DON LATULIPE MASTER OFF. Cherokee 828-557-2115 don.latulipe@ncwildlife.org
TIMOTHY LOMINAC AREA SGT. Jackson 828-371-4974 tim.lominac@ncwildlife.org
SHAWN MARTIN MASTER OFF. Buncombe 828-450-6159 shawn.martin@ncwildlife.org
DAVID OWEN MASTER OFF. Clay 828-557-1647 david.owen@ncwildlife.org
MARK RAY MASTER OFF. Macon 828-200-2836 mark.ray@ncwildlife.org
MICHAEL RISING MASTER OFF. Transylvania 828-450-9822 michael.rising@ncwildlife.org
LEVY ROBERTS MASTER OFF. Madison 828-450-8301 levy.roberts@ncwildlife.org
JOE STORY III MASTER OFF. Henderson 828-450-8565 joe.story@ncwildlife.org
AARON STRONACH SENIOR OFF. Henderson 828-200-9344 aaron.stronach@ncwildlife.org
Asheville Police Department

Asheville Police Department

Central Record Unit   (828) 259-5870.

City of Asheville Animal Services
Unit Supervisor: Brenda Sears

Location: 75 Shelburne Road, Asheville NC 28806
Mail: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Direct: (828) 259-5872
E-mail: bsears@ashevillenc.gov

Criminal Investigations

Captain Chris Reece-Young
Criminal Investigations Commander
Phone: (828) 259-5920
E-mail: creeceyoung@ashevillenc.gov

Melody Cox
Criminal Investigations Administrative Secretary
Phone: (828) 259-5891
E-mail: mcox@ashevillenc.gov

CID STAFF DIRECTORY

 SUPERVISORS  EMAIL  TELEPHONE  INVESTIGATIVE AREA
 CPT Chris Reece-Young  creeceyoung@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5920  Division Commander
ACTING LT J.E. Silberman, CFI  jsilberman@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5921  Detective Lieutenant
 SGT Sean Aardema  saardema@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5486  Major Case Unit
 SGT Dewayne Greene  dgreene@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5911  Gang Unit / SRO Supervisor
 SGT Mike Lamb  mlamb@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5963  General Assignment
 SGT Scott Lunsford  slunsford@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5812  Special Victims Unit
 DETECTIVE  EMAIL  TELEPHONE  INVESTIGATIVE AREA
 Detective Kevin Taylor  ktaylor@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5945  Major Case Unit
 Detective Charles Wells  cwells@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5918  Major Case Unit
 Detective Steve Coon  scoon@ashevillenc.gov  828-271-6135  Major Case Unit
 Detective Wade Cecil  jcecil@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5964  Major Case Unit
 Detective Scott Piper  spiper@ashevillenc.gov  828-271-6136  Gen. Assign. / Adam District
 Detective Germaine Weaver  gweaver@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5439  Gen. Assign. / Adam District
 Detective Joshua Meindl  jmeindl@ashevillenc.gov  828-271-6134  Gen. Assign. / Adam District
 Detective Kelly Loiacono  kloiacono@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5854  Gen. Assign. / Baker District
 Detective Phil Allen  pallen@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5970  Gen. Assign. / Charlie District
 Detective Travis Barkley  tbarkley@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5931  Gen. Assign. / Charlie District
 Detective Sarah Foley  sfoley@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-6127  Gen. Assign. / Charlie District
 Detective Christopher Hickman  chickman@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5926  Domestic Violence Investigations
 Detective James Boyce  jboyce@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5850  Violent Crimes Investigator
 Detective Evan Flanders  eflanders@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5866  Violent Crimes Investigator
 Detective Mandy Buchanan  mbuchanan@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5914  Juvenile / Sexual Assault
 Detective Will Olson  wolson@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5923  Juvenile / Sexual Assault
 Detective Tony Johnson  ajohnson@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5929  Computer Crimes Unit
 Detective Brian Hogan  bhogan@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5930  Financial Crimes Unit
 SRO Joe Jones  jjones@ashevillenc.gov  828-350-6608  School Resource Officer
 SRO James Boyce  jboyce@ashevillenc.gov  828-350-2677  School Resource Officer
 SRO Jason Gall  jgall@ashevillenc.gov  828-259-5891  School Resource Officer
 SRO Craig Loveland  cloveland@ashevillenc.gov  828-350-2677  School Resource Officer

Emergency Communications

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER

Location: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801

Office Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Emergency phone Line: 911
Non-emergency Phone Line: (828) 258-3200 or (877) 272-0031.

SUPERVISORY CONTACT INFORMATION

Communications Director Cathey Trimnal

Location: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Office: (828) 259-5874
E-mail: ctrimnal@ashevillenc.gov

Forensic Services
Steve Branson, Director

Location: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday (call out 24 hours a day)
Office: (828) 259-5995
E-mail: sbranson@ashevillenc.gov

Forensic Technicians: (828) 259-5941

Drug Suppression Unit

Location: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

Commander: Lt. Mike Yelton
Office: (828) 251-4086
Vice phone: (828) 259-5909
E-mail: myelton@ashevillenc.gov

Patrol Division

Captain Tim Splain

Location: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC, 28801
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Office: (828) 259-5881
E-mail: tsplain@ashevillenc.gov

 

RECORDS, REPORTS & WARRANTS

The Central Records Unit is dedicated to providing public access to Asheville Police Department records including incident and accident reports. Copies of such records may be acquired from the unit as described below.

Personnel in this unit are responsible for taking non-emergency related reports, maintaining accident and incident reports and managing non-emergency phone communications. Citizens can obtain towed vehicle release information from this unit.

How to request a report

You may request a police report at no cost in one of two ways. You may visit the Asheville Police Department’s Central Records Unit located in the lobby of Police Department Headquarters (also referred to as the Municipal Building) or you may send your request with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Asheville Police Department
Central Records Unit
P. O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

How to get a towed vehicle released

If your car has been towed due to some police interaction other than a traffic accident.  The owner of the vehicle must go to the Central Records Unit at the Asheville Police Department (100 Court Plaza, downtown) with proof of identity (e.g., driver’s license, state issued ID or any other form of picture ID), along with proof of ownership of the vehicle (i.e., title, registration, dealership bill of sale or personal notarized bill of sale), to get a release form. The owner can then take the release copy to the wrecker company that towed the vehicle, pay the company any fees owed, and the vehicle will be released to the owner.

How to check on a warrant

To check on warrants that were taken out against you, or warrants that you have taken out on another person, you must contact the Buncombe County Magistrates Office located in the Buncombe County Court House.  This must be done in person.

 Fingerprints for employment and local criminal history check

If you need the above services, go to the Buncombe County Bureau of Identification located at 20 Davidson Drive, Asheville, NC 28801.  Please use the above link to find times of operation, identifications needed for services, costs and limitations on services.

Applying for a gun permit

If you would like to apply for a gun permit, you will need to go to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at 202 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801.  For more information on this service, please click on the above link or call the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 255-5555.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Asheville Police Department
Central Records Unit

Hours:The Central Records Unit will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The unit is closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Phone: (828) 259-5870

Jeanette Sams,
Central Records Unit Supervisor

Direct Phone Line: (828) 259-5890
E-mail: jsams@ashevillenc.gov

Biltmore Forest Police Department

 

Biltmore Forest Police Department
355 Vanderbilt Road
Biltmore Forest
North Carolina 28803

phone:  828-274-0822
fax:  828-274-3836

Eric Tinsley, Chief
Biltmore Estate has rangers who are responsible for security at, and surrounding, the Biltmore House. The only ones who live on the estate are some Biltmore Company executives. A large hotel opened on the estate a few years ago.The Town of Biltmore Forest is immediately adjacent to the estate. Their police officers are responsible for the protection of the 1400 or so residents of the town. BF is a “town within a city”, the city being Asheville. BF is entirely a residential community. There are no grocery stores, restaurants, shops or any other commercial ventures. The closest they come to commercialization is with their Country Club and golf course. They provide trash pickup but have contracted with Asheville for fire protection since the mid-1990’s, an existing station being across the street from the town. They have a town manager/mayor/council form of government.Biltmore Park, a venture of the Biltmore Company, is a ten-year, or so, old development which abuts the estate, I-26 & the Blue Ridge Parkway. Its claim to fame is its advertised self-sufficiency. While its residents are within Asheville’s city limits, BP has its own restaurants, theaters, Barnes & Noble, YMCA and other commercial ventures. The grocery store built adjacent to the development was erected just a couple of years ago. Vacant land within the development, as well as buildings under construction, are considered to be outside the city, under the governance of Buncombe (pronounced Bun-cum) County, where building requirements are less stringent than those within the city. Once a house/area is occupied, it becomes part of the city, and the owner must then pay city taxes as well as county taxes.Biltmore was annexed by Asheville in 1927, and efforts are made to give its buildings a somewhat quaint appearance, reminiscent of how it was when first developed by George Vanderbilt. Construction of the Grand Bohemian Hotel, opened last year, did away with any “small community” feel that may have existed.

 

Fletcher Police Department

Fletcher Police Department

110 Parrish Municipal Drive
Fletcher, NC 28732
Phone: (828) 687-7922
Fax: (828) 654-8046
Black Mountain Police Department

Black Mountain Police Department

PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING
106 Montreat Road
Black Mountain, NC  28711

 

Police Non-Emergency  (828) 419-9300  ext 350

Police Emergency  (828) 669-8072

 

Woodfin Police Department

Woodfin Police Department

Woodfin Town Office
90 Elk Mountain Rd
Woodfin, NC 28804
(828) 253-4887

(828) 253-4889

 

Weaverville Police Department

 

Weaverville Police Department
30 South Main Street
P.O. Box 338
Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone: (828) 645-5700

UNC-Asheville University Police

 

Vance Hall, CPO 2500
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
Office: 828.251.6710
Fax: 828.251.6954

Drug and Alcohol (DWI) assessments

NC Department of Health and Human Services assessment providers click Here