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Chris Fialko

Chris Fialko of Charlotte, NC defended W.C., a college student who was accused of misdemeanor sexual battery after what might be described as a drunken hookup.  Although this was a misdemeanor charge, North Carolina mandates sex offender registration if convicted. Chris thoroughly investigated the case for many months, interviewing witnesses and examining text messages and social media data. Eventually, the District Attorney’s office dismissed the charge.

Small businessmen sometimes get grand jury subpoenas or requests for documents and freak out because they think they’re in trouble but have no idea why. For example, in 2019 Chris Fialko was called in to help a small company that was served with a federal grand jury subpoena seeking documents about a sales broker the company sometimes used.

Fialko was able to sort out the case by speaking with the FBI agent and federal prosecutor. Chris helped the company owner find and produce the requested documents, and explain the interaction with the broker, including how the company did not have any knowledge of the broker’s alleged wrongdoing. Fialko then prepared the client for an interview with the FBI, which went well.

Chris Fialko, and fellow local criminal defense attorney Missy Owen defended a husband and wife charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit wire fraud involving short sales of residential homes.

Over a two-year period, we fought hard, interviewing witnesses and preparing multiple pretrial motions. After all this work fighting the 11-count indictment, we obtained a remarkable plea agreement: one count, one year of probation with home detention, and limited restitution.

Chris Fialko defended a husband who was accused by his wife of assault on a female. Chris compiled photos, videos, and text messages showing the inaccuracies of the accuser’s story. At trial, Chris effectively cross-examined the state’s witnesses and presented the testimony of the responding police officers. The judge found our client not guilty.

In the summer of 2019, Chris Fialko defended a young man charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana in Mecklenburg County. The charge was issued after a private police guard hired by a nightclub did not like the client mouthing off to him, and searched the client’s car and trunk. We investigated and showed that under North Carolina’s private police statute, the rent-a-cop had no authority over the parking lot area. The felony was dismissed.

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