About the Law Firm


The Chetson Hiltzheimer Team

Raleigh Criminal Defense attorneys Damon Chetson and Ben Hiltzheimer Defend Clients Across the Triangle, Wake County and the federal courts of the Eastern District and Middle District and Western District of North Carolina.

Damon Chetson

Raleigh criminal lawyer Damon ChetsonDamon Chetson (resume) is a Raleigh criminal lawyer who represents people charged with serious and minor crimes in Raleigh and the surrounding Research Triangle. He maintains an active state and federal criminal law practice, and is admitted to practice before the state courts of North Carolina and the federal courts of the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chetson Hiltzheimer’s office address is 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 920, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Mr. Chetson has represented more than 1500 people in charges ranging from serious and violent crimes, homicides, public corruption, bank robbery, state and federal drug conspiracies and drug trafficking, sex offenses, frauds and embezzlements, bank robbery, criminal trademark offenses, serious child abuse cases, gun offenses, kidnappings, burglaries, and Driving While Impaired (DWI), misdemeanor drug cases, larcenies, and assaults in Wake, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Johnston, and Pitt Counties and the Eastern District and Middle District of North Carolina.

Legal Experience:

  • Partner, Chetson Hiltzheimer, PLLC: 2016 – Present
  • Owner, The Chetson Firm, PLLC, 2009-2016
  • Felony Law Clerk, Wake County Office of the Public Defender, 2008-2009

Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina (all state courts)
  • Eastern District of North Carolina (federal court)
  • Middle District of North Carolina (federal court)
  • Western District of North Carolina (federal court)
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (federal appellate court)

Education:

  • J.D., The University of North Carolina, 2009
  • M.A., History, University of Virginia, 1997
  • B.A., History, University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League), 1994

Awards & Recognition:

  • SuperLawyer, Rising Star, 2015, 2016

Memberships:

  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Benjamin (Ben) Hiltzheimer, Partner

Ben is an experienced trial lawyer who earned his law degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was trained in criminal defense trial practice at the nation’s preeminent Public Defender agency, the federally funded Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, described by United States Attorney General Eric Holder as “the best public defender office in the country.”

From 2006 to 2011, Ben was employed as an attorney at the Public Defender Service, including two years in a targeted litigation role focusing on complex forensics and systemic criminal justice issues in partnership with the Innocence Project, prior to transitioning that experience into the role of trial attorney. In his capacity as trial attorney at the Public Defender Service, he represented indigent individuals charged with felonies in the District of Columbia, from their initial appearance in Superior Court through trial. He has a proven track record of achieving excellent results in front of juries and judges, and is committed to advocacy on behalf of the accused in the face of the substantial power of a government that frequently oversteps its bounds. Ben has devoted his entire legal career to defending the rights of the accused, and has never worked for the other side.

Ben opened The Hiltzheimer Firm in 2011 in the District of Columbia, and relocated the practice to Raleigh in 2012. He lives with his wife and three young children in Durham.

Experience:

  • Partner, Chetson Hiltzheimer, PLLC: 2016 – Present
  • Owner, The Hiltzheimer Firm, PLLC, 2011-2016
  • Staff Attorney, Trial Division: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 2008-2011
  • Special Litigation and Forensics Fellow (Attorney), The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 2006-2008

Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina (all state courts)
  • Eastern District of North Carolina (federal court)
  • California (inactive)
  • District of Columbia (inactive)

Education:

  • J.D., The George Washington University, 2006
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia, 1999
  • B.A., Cognitive Science, University of Georgia, 1999

Awards & Recognition:

  • Attorney At Law Magazine Criminal Defense Attorney of the Month
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 under 40
  • Avvo Clients’ Choice Award 2013, 2015

Memberships:

  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • National College for DUI Defense