Hiring a Lawyer

SuperLawyer 2018: Rising Star

For the past four years, Damon Chetson has been named a Super Lawyer: Rising Star. The recognition is given to fewer than 3 lawyers out of 100. In addition, Damon was named a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law in 2016 as a result of his experience and reputation. Fewer than 100…

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Can me and my friend / wife / co-defendant hire the same lawyer?

Can a criminal defense lawyer represent co-defendants who may be charged in the commission of the same crime or series of crimes? The answer is a qualified, “Yes,” provided that there are no conflicts between the defendants that require the attorney to choose which client to more vigorously represent. As a practical matter, it is…

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It’s all in the “if” – How to interpret what lawyers say…

Reading and posting on Avvo is a treat. Avvo.com is a website that allows lawyers to answer questions from anonymous people about their legal issues. It also gives lawyers rankings, based on various criteria that are run through some kind of secret algorithm. I don’t understand it. But I do post on Avvo occasionally. Increasingly,…

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The Futurists and the Law

A few years ago I was featured in MSNBC in a story about solo’s practicing law. (I won’t link to it. It’s something of an embarrassment to me now. You can google it.) My basic point to the reporter was about the basic economic problems associated with law school. Even in 2011, I recognized that…

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The Logic of the Innocent Client

Everyone deserves a vigorous defense. In many cases, a person has committed some kind of crime, has been arrested, and has, usually, made admissions or confessions. In such cases, the criminal lawyer’s job is to limit the damage, assess the evidence, and, along with the client, build a defense. Sometimes limiting the damage means making…

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Should I hire a lawyer or get a court appointed lawyer?

Hiring a lawyer is a difficult decision. Many people are intimidated or nervous when first talking to a lawyer. If you call us, you will talk to a legal assistant who will answer basic questions and, if you wish, schedule an appointment, or you will talk directly with a Raleigh criminal lawyer. We offer free…

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Questions to Ask a DWI Lawyer

Finding the right lawyer to represent you in a Raleigh DWI case can take some effort. What questions should you ask to find the right DWI lawyer? First, it’s important to understand that most people have little or no idea how to hire a lawyer. The same goes for hiring a mechanic, doctor, accountant, or…

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Updated Raleigh DWI E-Book

I recently updated my DWI E-Book which reflects the latest changes this year in North Carolina DWI law. It’s free – feel free to download the book by clicking the image below:

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When Not to Go Pro Se

The phrase “A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” is pretty apt – even if you’re a lawyer representing yourself in court. It never makes sense, not just because any representations you make to the court about your own conduct can be admissions that can be used against you…

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Call a Raleigh criminal lawyer 24/7

Emergencies happen when they happen. Usually after hours. Never when it’s convenient. We answer our phones night or day, during weekends and holidays. If you find yourself in need of a professional, thorough and smart Raleigh criminal lawyer call anytime for a free consultation.

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