State & Federal Criminal Lawyer

North Carolina Bar, Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Defense

Battle Hardened, Trial Tough

Learning that you or someone you love has been charged with a criminal offense is the scariest experience a person can face. Criminal allegations can result in the loss of freedom, shame and stigma in your community, and devastating consequences to your family, your friends, and your ability to earn a living.

With more than 10 years of experience in some of North Carolina’s most serious and notorious cases, we have a proven track-record of securing outstanding results for our clients.

In 2019 alone, Damon Chetson tried four jury trials, more trials than some criminal defense attorneys try in a lifetime. In each jury trial, he secured victories. Mr. Chetson saved one client from the death penalty in a Wake Forest triple homicide in Wake County Superior Court (profiled in The Washington Post) and avoided a firearms conviction in a federal trial in the Eastern District of North Carolina for a client who would have received 10 years in prison. Mr. Chetson avoided a first degree murder conviction in the 2014 shooting death at Club Bodi in Raleigh’s warehouse district (WRAL).

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Board Certified Specialist

One of fewer than 100 lawyers in North Carolina Board Certified by the State Bar as a Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law.
More than 50 - actually more than 75! - ratings from people like you who regarding our firm as their protector and defender.

Oustanding Service

More than 50 – actually more than 75! – ratings from people like you who regarding our firm as their protector and defender.

SuperLawyer

One of a select few criminal defense lawyers selected by Thomson Reuters, a national agency, as a SuperLawyer.
With more than 25 major jury trials, including four in 2019, we have more success in trial than many lawyers have in a lifetime.

Trial Lawyer

With more than 25 major jury trials, including four in 2019, we have more success in trial than many lawyers have in a lifetime.
Selected among highly qualified lawyers who represent North Carolinians charged with capital or first degree murder.

Capital Defense

Selected among highly qualified lawyers who represent North Carolinians charged with capital or first degree murder.
In 2019, Mr. Chetson was the only defense lawyer out of 82 defendants to win any trial victory in the largest case in U.S. history.

Largest Federal Case Ever

In 2019, Mr. Chetson was the only defense lawyer out of 82 defendants to win any trial victory in the largest case in U.S. history.
Chosen by North Carolina U.S. District Court judges to represent indigent criminal defendants in major federal cases.

CJA Act Defense Lawyer

Chosen by North Carolina U.S. District Court judges to represent indigent criminal defendants in major federal cases.
In four jury trials in 2019, Mr. Chetson secured wins for clients, including two hung juries and beating back the death penalty.

2019 Results

In four jury trials in 2019, Mr. Chetson secured wins for clients, including two hung juries and beating back the death penalty.

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  • We set fees based on the charge, and the complexity of the case. Fees for certain state felonies may be below $4,000.  Fees for complex federal cases can exceed $50,000.

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