Criminal Trial Lawyer


With two decades of combined experience, The Chetson Firm, a Raleigh, NC-based law firm, is devoted to defending people accused of crimes in in counties throughout the Research Triangle and in North Carolina's federal courts.

Damon Chetson

In 2016, Partner Damon Chetson was named a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law by the North Carolina Board of Specialization.  He is one of fewer than two dozen board certified specialists in in criminal law the Raleigh-Durham area, and one of fewer than 100 board certified specialists in criminal law in the State of North Carolina.

Mr. Chetson has also been rated by his peers as a Rising Star SuperLawyer in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

A graduate of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Chetson completed his law degree at the University of North Carolina. He has lectured on ethics and practice of law in small firms. He is author of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practitioner’s Guide to Criminal Law – Search & Seizure Chapter (2016).

From 2015 to 2017, he represented one of 13 law enforcement officers indicted on allegations of corruption and drug trafficking. After protracted negotiations with the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice, Mr. Chetson and fellow lawyers were able to negotiate outcomes that dramatically reduced the punishment for their clients.

He is well-respected as a fierce litigator whose commitment to clients is his first priority.

Mr. Chetson, who earned his certificate is a private pilot in 2013, has successfully tried everything from misdemeanor DWIs to homicides before juries in state and federal court. Where trial is not the best option, he has achieved outstanding results whether by plea, by deferred prosecution arrangements, or by non-prosecution in hundreds of cases ranging from murder investigations to serious white crime embezzlement and frauds, to tax cases, to massive public corruption and drug conspiracies.

Mr. Chetson has a special interest in technologically complex and medically complicated cases and cases involving false allegations and false confessions, having defended individuals wrongfully accused of so-called "shaken baby syndrome" offenses and sex offenses. As a former Information Technology worker (IT), he is familiar with the underpinnings of most technology, including WiFi, encryption, TCP/IP such that he is particular adept at defending Internet-related crimes - "cybercrimes," Computer Fraud and Abuse Act cases, and child pornography crimes.

Dena Reese-Booze

Dena Reese-Booze serves as the Firm's paralegal, providing legal support to the firm, assisting clients, interacting with court personnel and Clerks of Court, performing legal research, and maintaining the Firm's client files and confidential paperwork.  Ms. Booze has worked with the firm since March 2016.  Prior to her work with the Firm, Ms. Booze served as an assistant clerk of court for the State of New Jersey.  She resides in the Raleigh suburbs with her family and husband.

If you've been charged with a crime, contact us at (919) 352-9411 for a free consultation.