Facing a criminal charge is a daunting prospect, whether it involves an accusation against you or a loved one. The consequences can be harsh, including a conviction that can limit job opportunities, court costs, fines, community service, probation, and even prison time. Damon Chetson is one of only a few Raleigh criminal lawyers who has been designated “Board Certified”.
All attorneys must pass the bar, which has a passage rate of 70 to 80 percent. Only about 20 out of every 100 applicants fail the bar.
But Board Certification is a second process that only a select few attorneys complete. It requires obtaining recommendations from judges in front of whom the lawyer has appeared, showing successful results at jury and bench trials, references from other lawyers in the community, and a command of the law.
A Board Certified Specialist must pass a test administered by the North Carolina State Bar that is in two parts – essay and multiple choice – and that is completed over a rigorous day where no notes or text books are permitted other than, for certain sections, the statute book.
There are fewer than two dozen Board Certified Specialists in State and Federal Criminal Law in North Carolina. In addition, Damon Chetson has handled the toughest criminal cases (and appeals) in state and federal court, including homicides, kidnapping, Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) prosecutions, robberies, rapes, child pornography, and drug trafficking cases.
Facing a criminal charge is tough. Don’t make your situation any worse by choosing the wrong criminal defense attorney.