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North CarolinaJuvenile Defense Lawyers in Charlotte, North Carolina

In the juvenile justice system in North Carolina, the primary goal is to rehabilitate the child or teenager.


The juvenile justice system also protects the public. Important differences exist between the criminal justice system in adult courts and juvenile courts.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney for a juvenile court case in or around North Carolina, consider the attorney's training and experience with these types of cases.


Attorneys often provide a free consultation and charge a flat rate for attorney fees and costs for juvenile delinquency and criminal defense cases.


Many of the top juvenile defense attorneys in the United States belong to the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). Created in 1999, NJDC supports criminal defense attorneys who represent children in juvenile court. In 2005, the National Juvenile Defender Center separated from the American Bar Association (ABA) to become an independent organization.


NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a platform to exchange information, build partnerships, improve advocacy skills and participate in the national debate over juvenile justice.


The mission of the NJDC is to "promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense." Learn more about the NJDC.

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James Bradley Smith

James Bradley Smith
Arnold & Smith, PLLC
200 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 17 years, James Bradley Smith is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George Schoo... read more >

Ryan D. Stump

Ryan D. Stump
Randall & Stump, Criminal Defense Attorneys
2125 Southend Drive Suite 253
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 10 years, Ryan D. Stump is a Personal Injury and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Lance H. Edmonds

Lance H. Edmonds
Fidelity Law Group
8511 Davis Lake Parkway Suite C6-138
Charlotte, NC 28269
Licensed for 2 years, Lance H. Edmonds is a Family Law and Business Law lawyer who attended Liberty University School of Law... read more >

Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter
Hunter & Hein, Attorneys at Law, PLLC
10130 Mallard Creek Rd Suite 319
Charlotte, NC 28262
Licensed for 9 years, Bill Hunter is a Family Law and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Christopher T. May

Christopher T. May
The Law Office of Estwanik & May, PLLC
118 South Colonial Ave
Charlotte, NC 28207
Licensed for 20 years, Christopher T. May is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

David Q Burgess

David Q Burgess
The Law Office of David Q. Burgess
525 North Tryon Street, Suite 1600
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 22 years, David Q Burgess is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Todd E. Gonyer

Todd E. Gonyer
Todd E. Gonyer, PLLC
229 S. Brevard Street Suite #200
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 13 years, Todd E. Gonyer is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

George V Laughrun II

George V Laughrun II
Goldman, Carr, Laughrun, Levine & Greene, P.A.
301 S. McDowell Street Suite 602
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 41 years, George V Laughrun II is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Cumberland School of Law at Samfor... read more >

Beth Hodges

Beth Hodges
Offit Kurman
301 S College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 42 years, Beth Hodges is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >

James Gregory Hatcher

James Gregory Hatcher
Hatcher Law Group, P.C.
801 E Trade St Ste 100
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 28 years, James Gregory Hatcher is a Family Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Wake Forest University School of Law... read more >

George N Miller

George N Miller
Dozier, Miller, Pollard & Murphy, LLP
301 S. McDowell Street Suite 700
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 35 years, George N Miller is a Immigration Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - ... read more >

Timothy J. Pavone

Timothy J. Pavone
The Law Officers of Attorney Timothy J. Pavone, PLLC
615 S College St 9th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 4 years, Timothy J. Pavone is a Criminal Defense and Alternative Dispute Resolution lawyer... read more >

Charles L. Morgan Jr

Charles L. Morgan Jr
Law Office of Charles L Morgan, Jr. PA
101 N. McDowell Street Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 40 years, Charles L. Morgan Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Adam John Langino

Adam John Langino
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
201 N Tryon St Ste 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 15 years, Adam John Langino is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Minnesota Law School... read more >

Christopher C Fialko

Christopher C Fialko
Fialko Law PLLC
529 W Summit Ave 1b
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 29 years, Christopher C Fialko is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended University of North Carolina Schoo... read more >

Michael J Greene

Michael J Greene
Goodman, Carr, Laughrun et al.
301 S McDowell St Ste 602
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 21 years, Michael J Greene is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Wake Forest University School of Law... read more >

Sonya Pfeiffer

Sonya Pfeiffer
Rudolf, Widenhouse
225 E Worthington Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 14 years, Sonya Pfeiffer is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Anthony Glen Scheer

Anthony Glen Scheer
Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC
1011 E Morehead St Ste 300
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 29 years, Anthony Glen Scheer is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School... read more >

Christopher A Connelly

Christopher A Connelly
101 N McDowell St Ste 104
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 29 years, Christopher A Connelly is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law ... read more >

Mark P Foster Jr

Mark P Foster Jr
409 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 25 years, Mark P Foster Jr is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended UCLA School of Law... read more >

Bill Powers

Bill Powers
Powers Law Firm, PA
2412 Arty Ave
Charlotte, NC 28208
Licensed for 29 years, Bill Powers is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >

Carole Melissa Owen

Carole Melissa Owen
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen
301 E Park Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 19 years, Carole Melissa Owen is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Eben Turner Rawls III

Eben Turner Rawls III
Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo, PLLC
1011 E Morehead St Ste 300
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 43 years, Eben Turner Rawls III is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Gena G Morris

Gena G Morris
James, McElroy & Diehl, P.A.
525 N Tryon St Ste 700
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 29 years, Gena G Morris is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Campbel... read more >

Tate K Sterrett

Tate K Sterrett
Offit Kurman, P.A.
301 S College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 49 years, Tate K Sterrett is a Divorce and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Virginia School of Law... read more >

Daniel Powers Roberts

Daniel Powers Roberts
301 S McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 17 years, Daniel Powers Roberts is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Campbell Unive... read more >

David S Rudolf

David S Rudolf
225 E Worthington Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 43 years, David S Rudolf is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Jeremy Barrett Smith

Jeremy Barrett Smith
128 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 15 years, Jeremy Barrett Smith is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Bruce Taylor Davis

Bruce Taylor Davis
9401 Stonemark Dr
Charlotte, NC 28277
Licensed for 17 years, Bruce Taylor Davis is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Michael E. Moritz College of Law - The Ohio State Unive... read more >

Edward T Hinson Jr

Edward T Hinson Jr
James, McElroy & Diehl, PA
525 N Tryon St Ste 700
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 44 years, Edward T Hinson Jr is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Jason D. Witt

Jason D. Witt
Witt Law Firm, P.A.
110 East Jefferson St.
Monroe, NC 28112
Licensed for 17 years, Jason D. Witt is a Criminal Defense and Child Custody / Visitation lawyer who attended Wake Forest Law School... read more >

James P Mcloughlin Jr

James P Mcloughlin Jr
Moore & Van Allen, PLLC
100 N Tryon St Ste 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 35 years, James P Mcloughlin Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Corey Goodman Rosensteel

Corey Goodman Rosensteel
Rosensteel Fleishman, PLLC
132 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 17 years, Corey Goodman Rosensteel is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Noell P Tin

Noell P Tin
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen
301 E Park Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 27 years, Noell P Tin is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Ryan Michael Watson

Ryan Michael Watson
4108 Park Rd Ste 220
Charlotte, NC 28209
Licensed for 15 years, Ryan Michael Watson is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

William Robinson Heroy

William Robinson Heroy
301 S McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 15 years, William Robinson Heroy is a Criminal Defense and Business Law lawyer... read more >

Matthew Gridley Pruden

Matthew Gridley Pruden
Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen
301 E Park Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 17 years, Matthew Gridley Pruden is a Criminal Defense and Appellate Law lawyer... read more >

John Anderson Fagg Jr

John Anderson Fagg Jr
Moore & Van Allen
100 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 19 years, John Anderson Fagg Jr is a Criminal Defense and Business Law lawyer... read more >

T Patrick Matus

T Patrick Matus
3113 Heathstead Place
Charlotte, NC 28210
Licensed for 48 years, T Patrick Matus is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

James F Wyatt III

James F Wyatt III
402 W Trade St #101
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 35 years, James F Wyatt III is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

John J Carpenter

John J Carpenter
Culp Elliott & Carpenter, PLLC
6801 Morrison Blvd suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28211
Licensed for 37 years, John J Carpenter is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended Wake Forest University School ... read more >

Lynn F Chandler

Lynn F Chandler
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
101 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28280
Licensed for 25 years, Lynn F Chandler is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended Creighton University School of ... read more >

William R Culp Jr

William R Culp Jr
Culp Elliott & Carpenter, PLLC
6801 Morrison Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28211
Licensed for 43 years, William R Culp Jr is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended New York University School of... read more >

Christopher Jc Jones

Christopher Jc Jones
Moore & Van Allen
100 N Tryon St Ste 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 22 years, Christopher Jc Jones is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law ... read more >

Carl L King

Carl L King
Culp Eliott & Carpenter, PLLC
6801 Morrison Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28211
Licensed for 21 years, Carl L King is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Neill G Mcbryde

Neill G Mcbryde
Moore & VanAllen, PLLC
100 N Tryon St Floor 47
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 52 years, Neill G Mcbryde is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended University of North Carolina Sc... read more >

E Graham Mcgoogan Jr

E Graham Mcgoogan Jr
McGuireWoods, LLP
1700 Maryland Ave
Charlotte, NC 28209
Licensed for 47 years, E Graham Mcgoogan Jr is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended The University of North Ca... read more >

Richard Anthony Orsbon

Richard Anthony Orsbon
Orsbon & Fenninger, LLP
4201 Congress St Ste 110
Charlotte, NC 28209
Licensed for 49 years, Richard Anthony Orsbon is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended Vanderbilt Law School... read more >

Heidi Elizabeth Royal

Heidi Elizabeth Royal
Heidi E. Royal Law, PLLC
200 Providence Rd
Charlotte, NC 28207
Licensed for 17 years, Heidi Elizabeth Royal is a Criminal Defense and Estate and Probate Law lawyer who attended University of Georgia Sch... read more >

Paul Anthony Arena

Paul Anthony Arena
Moore & Van Allen PLLC
100 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Licensed for 25 years, Paul Anthony Arena is a Criminal Defense and Commercial Real Estate Law lawyer who attended University of North Caro... read more >
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Juvenile Defense Specialty Areas

Board Certification

National Association of Counsel for Children - NACC is accredited by the ABA to certify attorneys as child welfare law specialists and works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, juvenile delinquency, and family law cases.



Specialist in Juvenile Delinquency Law

Certified Specialist in Juvenile Delinquency Law - The North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization designated juvenile delinquency law as a subspecialty of criminal law and a subspecialty field of law for certification.


Attorneys who earn certification as a specialist in juvenile delinquency law must meet certain standards for substantial involvement and specific task requirements such as representing juveniles in juvenile delinquency felony proceedings in juvenile court.


Task requirements might also include representing a juvenile after a case is transferred to adult court.


The rules also set standards for peer review, examination in juvenile justice topics, and completion of continuing legal education requirements.


Nonprofit Legal Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


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