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A Decade of Proven Success in Wake County and Beyond

The Chetson Firm team is singularly focused on one objective: helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.  As one of roughly two dozen Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyers in Wake County, Damon Chetson provides unparalleled state criminal defense from investigation to sentencing, from beginning to end.

A criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your life. Even a minor conviction can disrupt lives, end careers, and result in a permanent mark on a record that can be financially ruinous.  Serious charges can have even more dramatic effects resulting in lengthy prison sentences and worse.

State Trial Experience

Mr. Chetson has more than a decade of state trial experience, including nearly two dozen jury trials in Superior Courts in Wake County and elsewhere in the state. Just in 2019, Mr. Chetson tried two first degree murder cases in Wake County, one involving a possible death sentence. Mr. Chetson (and co-counsel) beat back the District Attorney’s attempt to impose the death penalty in a triple homicide. In December 2019, Mr. Chetson and co-counsel convinced ten jurors that the client had not participated in the shooting death of a man at a local club in 2014. The jury hung.

As a law student, Mr. Chetson located the alibi and won innocence for a client falsely accused of armed robbery of a convenience store in a 2007 trial. He has tried or won victories at dispositive hearings in robbery, kidnapping, embezzlement, serious child abuse, and sex-related cases during the past decade.

In addition, Mr. Chetson has argued more than 100 bench trials (trial by judge) or suppression hearings, with remarkable success.

Skilled Negotiator

Where trial may not be the best option, Mr. Chetson is often able to negotiate outcomes that avoid the worst consequences, reduce punishment, avoid additional prosecutions, and avoid enhancements that can create unwanted collateral consequences.  Mr. Chetson is a well-respected member of the Wake County bar, and known as a fierce advocate for his clients.

Having never spent a day as a prosecutor, he has always worked to keep people out of jail and at liberty. While he works to maintain cordial and professional relationships with all parties, Mr. Chetson understands that his first obligation is as a skilled advocate on his clients’ behalf.