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Damon Chetson – Rising Star in Criminal Defense

Happy to announce that I've been selected for a second straight year as a Super Lawyer / Rising Star in North Carolina. I was selected in 2015 for the first time. And SuperLawyers.com, a division of the well-respected Thompson Reuters legal publishing company, has selected me again as a 2016 Rising Star. There are many…

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Patrick Cannon can’t vote…

Patrick Cannon, the former Charlotte mayor who pled guilty to public corruption charges in a federal courthouse in Charlotte earlier this year and was sentenced last month, is back in court for having voted in Tuesday's election. Certain felons may not vote in elections: namely felons who have not completed the punishment phase, either prison…

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NC Felonies: What Is A Felony in North Carolina?

A felony in North Carolina is a serious charge. In the past, a felony was defined as a crime for which you could serve more than one year in prison as a punishment for the crime, but that has since changed. Today, the North Carolina Legislature determines what crimes are classified as felonies. Some crimes…

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Wake County District Court – Craig Croom

I had a great lunch with Craig Croom, a former sheriff’s deputy, a former District Court judge, and a former Superior Court judge. I am a Republican. Like most Republicans, I received the email from Skip Stam earlier this week about Charles Gilliam. But, with all due respect to Skip Stam, the District Court does…

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Same Location, Bigger Offices: The Chetson Firm

We’ve got the same address: 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 920, Raleigh, NC 27601. But we’ve moved down the hall to larger offices that feature a waiting area, additional office space. In addition, next door is a general purpose, well appointed conference room where we typically meet with clients. We’ve also improved our internet network…

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Win or Lose, Clients Want an Excellent Defense

Not every case is won, no matter who you hire to represent you. Sometimes the facts or circumstances go against you especially in DWI cases where the law in North Carolina is very difficult to beat. I’ve won my share, but I’ve also lost. I hate losing, but it happens. It’s the nature of being…

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NTSB Recommends Lowering BAC in Driving While Impaired Laws

The big news in DWI law this week comes from Washington, DC where the National Traffic Safety Board voted to recommend that the 50 states and the District of Columbia lower the per se limit from .08 to .05 Blood or Breath Alcohol Concentration. If adopted by North Carolina, the result would likely be that…

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