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When you’re accused of a crime, your life can be upended in a moment. You’re facing harsh penalties that can impact you and your family for years. It’s not just your finances, either. A criminal conviction will impact your freedom, your rights, and your livelihood.
Being accused of a crime is scary, but it doesn’t have to lead to a conviction. Your Raleigh criminal defense lawyer at The Chetson Firm can do what’s possible to make sure of that.
With more than a decade of experience handling some of the toughest criminal charges in Raleigh – including federal criminal charges – Mr. Chetson can help you face your charges and seek a favorable outcome for your case.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may need help getting your charges reduced or dismissed. Rather than just accepting a misdemeanor or felony conviction, your lawyer can help you build a defense.
Crimes on the federal level often come with harsher penalties and more severe sentences. Our team can help you with charges like mail fraud, embezzlement, and securities fraud, among others.
Drug legislation around the country is changing, making it tough to stay up to date on laws that can impact your future. Some drug crimes include possession, sale, and trafficking of illegal substances.
Sex-related offenses often come with harsher penalties. It’s not just about the fines and prison time—you could be labeled a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Disputes between relatives or romantic partners can get heated quickly. That can lead to restraining orders and criminal charges, so reach out to a lawyer for a strong defense.
Criminal offenses that leave others injured can leave a severe mark on your record. If you’ve been accused of rape, murder, assault, or other violent crimes, you may need a lawyer on your side.
White collar crimes are often financial in nature. The penalties for a conviction can hurt your future and career. These offenses may include mail fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering, for example.
You’re already facing charges that could devastate your future. A wrong move could mean years in prison in the worst cases. Because of this, few people accused of criminal offenses want to go to court without experience on their side.
While we at The Chetson Firm have over a decade of experience, it’s not just about the quantity of experience—it’s about the quality.
Mr. Chetson has represented more clients in jury trials than many lawyers face in a lifetime. Between 2019 and 2022, he tried seven serious criminal trials before state and federal juries, winning acquittals, reduced punishments, and avoiding the death penalty. He secured a complete acquittal to all charges in a Johnston County First Degree murder trial that lasted a week. He hung juries in two separate murder and firearms cases and defended a client in the largest federal criminal prosecution in United States history. The issues on appeal in that case are likely to create new law.
He (and co-counsel) saved another man’s life when the Wake County District Attorney sought the death penalty in a 2016 triple homicide.
In hundreds of other cases, Mr. Chetson has negotiated favorable pleas, or dismissals, and favorable sentences. He has represented people accused of Cartel-related drug trafficking offenses, federal criminal conspiracies, money laundering and white collar fraud and embezzlement, and kidnapping, rape, sexual assaults and homicides.
In 2019, he secured a rare probationary sentence for a client who had originally been accused of first-degree murder.
When you know your Raleigh criminal defense lawyer has a track record of success, you know you can trust them with your case.
When Johnston County charged his client with first degree murder, Mr. Chetson set to work to establish the glaring holes in the case. After a week-long trial in November 2021, involving the vigorous cross-examination of the state’s lead witness, Mr. Chetson was able to secure a complete acquittal to all charges. His client walked free from the courthouse later that day.
One of Mr. Chetson’s clients faced first-degree kidnapping and forcible rape charges. Mr. Chetson defended and proved his client’s innocence. All charges have since been dismissed, and these charges have been expunged from the client’s record.
In 2019, a client of Mr. Chetson was charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to deliver. This sentence has a ten-year minimum sentence, but Mr. Chetson was able to reduce the sentence to forty months.
As a violent crime lawyer, Mr. Chetson also saved one client from the death penalty. The client had been charged with a triple homicide in Wake County, which was presented in the Wake County Superior Court.
In November 2021, Mr. Chetson won a “not guilty” in a 2019 homicide after effectively cross-examining the State’s primary witnesses. One witness changed testimony on the stand, and a second witness was shown to have lied, leading the jury to disregard his statements under oath.
In 2021, Mr. Chetson achieved a below-Guidelines result in a case involving more than 4,000 images and videos and after the client admitted more than eight years of misconduct. A combination of therapy and a comprehensive forensic evaluation helped reassure the sentencing judge that the client was not a danger to society.
When you’ve been charged with a criminal offense like drug possession or a sex crime, it can be difficult to recover and face your charges head-on. You may not have the experience or the tools necessary to make your case a success. Unfortunately, that makes it easy to make mistakes and end up with a conviction.
Your Raleigh criminal defense lawyer can help you get the answers you need before your trial. If you have questions about your case, take a look at the following FAQ, which covers some of the most commonly asked questions by potential clients. You can also contact us for a consultation to get detailed, case-specific answers for your case.
No case is guaranteed a dismissal or any other outcome. What we can guarantee is our dedication to your case. We’re determined to make the best possible outcome a reality so that you don’t have to worry about the lifelong consequences of a conviction.
Our firm determines the costs of your representation based on the charges and complexity of the case. We offer payment plans, as well as some pro bono options in cases of speech-related or protest actions. When you talk with a lawyer about your case, we can discuss your options in Raleigh.
Mr. Chetson’s board certification means this firm has more tools at their disposal to make your case a success. Mr. Chetson has been active in the field for years and has completed further training and education to serve the needs of his clients. That means more resources to make your case a success.
The Chetson Firm does offer free consultations in many cases. That means you can call or text us at 919-352-9411 to discuss your North Carolina case with a criminal defense lawyer. For a modest fee, we’re also able to visit potential clients in jail, so we can discuss your case even while you’re in custody.
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