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North CarolinaCriminal Defense Lawyers in North Carolina

The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney in North Carolina, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.


Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.


Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.


A criminal defense lawyer in North Carolina should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »

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William Christopher Wood Pruden

William Christopher Wood Pruden
Pruden Feldmann Law, PLLC
421 Fayetteville St. Ste. 1100
Raleigh, NC 27601
Call 919-880-2124
Asset Forfeiture Lawyer... read more >

Samuel J Randall IV

Samuel J Randall IV
Randall & Stump, PLLC
2125 Southend Drive Suite 253
Charlotte, NC 28203
Licensed for 23 years, Samuel J Randall IV is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended California Western School of Law... read more >

Michael R Ramos

Michael R Ramos
Ramos Law Firm
PO Box 2019
Shallotte, NC 28459
Licensed for 39 years, Michael R Ramos is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - C... read more >

Daniel Russell Talbert

Daniel Russell Talbert
Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C.
1219 Fallston Road
Shelby, NC 28150
Licensed for 20 years, Daniel Russell Talbert is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer... read more >

James F Rutherford

James F Rutherford
James Rutherford, Attorney at Law
615 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Licensed for 16 years, James F Rutherford is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

B Geoffrey Hulse

B Geoffrey Hulse
Haithcock Barfield Hulse & Kinsey, PLLC
P. O. Box 7
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Licensed for 36 years, B Geoffrey Hulse is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Campbell School of Law... read more >

David Roy Teddy

David Roy Teddy
Teddy & Meekins
1219 Fallston Rd
Shelby, NC 28150
Licensed for 33 years, David Roy Teddy is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer... read more >

Melissa H Hill

Melissa H Hill
Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville Street Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 34 years, Melissa H Hill is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >

James Thomas Amburgey

James Thomas Amburgey
Amburgey Law
22 South Pack Square #1200
Asheville, NC 28801
Licensed for 14 years, James Thomas Amburgey is a Criminal Defense and Domestic Violence lawyer who attended Appalachian School of Law... read more >

Daniel Micah Blau

Daniel Micah Blau
Daniel M. Blau Law
887A Washington St.
Raleigh, NC 27605
Licensed for 14 years, Daniel Micah Blau is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >

Mark E Edwards

Mark E Edwards
PO Box 51295
Durham, NC
Licensed for 32 years, Mark E Edwards is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill... read more >

Damon John Chetson

Damon John Chetson
The Chetson Firm, PLLC
19 West Hargett St Suite 920
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 12 years, Damon John Chetson is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Thomas Courtland Manning

Thomas Courtland Manning
Manning Law Firm PLLC
3509 Haworth Drive Suite 207
Raleigh, NC 27609
Licensed for 44 years, Thomas Courtland Manning is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended University of South Carolina L... read more >

Raymond Tarlton

Raymond Tarlton
Tarlton | Polk, PLLC
150 Fayetteville St.,
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 13 years, Raymond Tarlton is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Dewey Powell Brinkley

Dewey Powell Brinkley
Law Office of Dewey P. Brinkley
16 W. Martin St. Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 19 years, Dewey Powell Brinkley is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >

John D Bryson

John D Bryson
Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler, LLP
1912 Eastchester Drive
High Point, NC 27265
Licensed for 36 years, John D Bryson is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Wake Forest University School of Law... 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 >

F. Hill Allen IV

F. Hill Allen IV
Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville Street Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 29 years, F. Hill Allen IV is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Virginia School of Law... read more >

Nathan James Earwood

Nathan James Earwood
Earwood, Moore, Carpenter & Guy, PLLC
559 West Main Street
Sylva, NC 28779
Licensed for 18 years, Nathan James Earwood is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Regent University School of Law... 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 >

Hayes S Ludlum

Hayes S Ludlum
Ludlum Law Firm
P.O. Box 711
Warsaw, NC 28398
Licensed for 16 years, Hayes S Ludlum is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Wade M Smith

Wade M Smith
Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville Street Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27602
Licensed for 58 years, Wade M Smith is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of... read more >

Bill F Finn Jr

Bill F Finn Jr
Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh
7101 Creedmoor Road Suite 122
Raleigh, NC 27613
Licensed for 22 years, Bill F Finn Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Campbell University... read more >

Jim Melo

Jim Melo
Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen PLLC
204 N Person St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 15 years, Jim Melo is a Immigration Law and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... 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 >

Bruce A Mason

Bruce A Mason
Bruce A. Mason, PA
514 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Licensed for 32 years, Bruce A Mason is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >

James Austin Davis

James Austin Davis
Davis & Davis, Attorneys at Law, PC
215 N. Main Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Licensed for 30 years, James Austin Davis is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Regent University School of Law... read more >

John G Vannoy Jr

John G Vannoy Jr
PO Box 1388
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Licensed for 29 years, John G Vannoy Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Campbell University... read more >

Andrew J Warmack Jr

Andrew J Warmack Jr
PO Drawer 547
Edenton, NC 27932
Licensed for 45 years, Andrew J Warmack Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >

Aaron Raymond Lee

Aaron Raymond Lee
Robert J. Reeves P.C.
301 South McDowell Street Suite 814
Charlotte, NC 28204
Licensed for 9 years, Aaron Raymond Lee is a Drug Crimes and Marijuana Law lawyer... read more >

Sean P Devereux

Sean P Devereux
Devereux & Banzhoff, PLLC
22 S Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801
Licensed for 44 years, Sean P Devereux is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Roger W Smith Jr

Roger W Smith Jr
Tharrington Smith LLP
150 Fayetteville Street Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 22 years, Roger W Smith Jr is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Norman A. Wiggins School of Law at Campbell... read more >

Lisa S Costner

Lisa S Costner
318 Indera Mills Ct.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Licensed for 34 years, Lisa S Costner is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes 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 >

Jane L. Weatherly

Jane L. Weatherly
Jane L. Weatherly, Attorney at Law, PLLC
5 W Hargett St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 13 years, Jane L. Weatherly is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Gordon Langer

Gordon Langer
Langer Law Firm Ticket Defense
244 5th Ave W #300
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Licensed for 6 years, Gordon Langer is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

James M Lupton

James M Lupton
Wheatly, Wheatley, Weeks & Lupton, P.A.
PO Box 360
Beaufort, NC 28516
Licensed for 29 years, James M Lupton is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... 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 >

Christopher R Clifton

Christopher R Clifton
Grace Tisdale & Clifton PA
200 W 1st St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Licensed for 26 years, Christopher R Clifton is a Criminal Defense and Appellate Law 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 >

Andy Patrick Roberts

Andy Patrick Roberts
Roberts Law Group, PLLC
203 W Millbrook Rd Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27609
Licensed for 19 years, Andy Patrick Roberts is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Duke Law School... read more >

Geoffrey Ryan Willis

Geoffrey Ryan Willis
Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard PLLC
530 Hillsborough St Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27603
Licensed for 17 years, Geoffrey Ryan Willis is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Walter H Paramore III

Walter H Paramore III
P.O. Box 215
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Licensed for 45 years, Walter H Paramore III is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Scott C Robertson

Scott C Robertson
113 Cabarrus Avenue E
Concord, NC 28025
Licensed for 27 years, Scott C Robertson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >

Paige Dorothy Miles Feldmann

Paige Dorothy Miles Feldmann
Pruden Feldmann Law, PLLC
421 Fayetteville St. Ste. 1100
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 5 years, Paige Dorothy Miles Feldmann is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Meleaha Machelle Kimrey

Meleaha Machelle Kimrey
300 Dick St
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Licensed for 15 years, Meleaha Machelle Kimrey is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Roy D Neill

Roy D Neill
144 3rd Ave E
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Licensed for 36 years, Roy D Neill 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 >

Meredith Nicholson

Meredith Nicholson
NicholsonPham
113 Broadway Street
Durham, NC 27701
Licensed for 21 years, Meredith Nicholson is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of L... read more >

Russell D Babb

Russell D Babb
Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville Street Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Licensed for 22 years, Russell D Babb is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of North Carolina School of Law... read more >
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Specialty Certification in Criminal Law

Certified Specialist in Criminal Law in North Carolina - Criminal law was proposed as a specialty area to the North Carolina Bar in 1990.

Thereafter, the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization designated criminal law, including the subspecialty of specialties in state criminal law and juvenile delinquency law, as a field of law for certification of specialists under the North Carolina Plan of Legal Specialization.

State Bar Rules, Ch. 1, Subch. D, .2502 defines the specialty of criminal law as the "practice of law dealing with the defense or prosecution of those charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial courts."

The rules also identifies and defines the subspecialty in the field of criminal law as follows: "State Criminal Law--The practice of criminal law in state trial and appellate courts."


Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

NBLSC Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys as specialists in criminal trial advocacy.



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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