The Chetson Firm

Attorney Damon Chetson is a Raleigh, NC criminal defense lawyer representing people charged with misdemeanors, felonies, and DWI in the North Carolina courts.

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Damon Chetson is a Raleigh criminal lawyer who represents people charged with serious and minor crimes in Raleigh and the surrounding Research Triangle. He maintains an active state and federal criminal law practice, and is admitted to practice before the state courts of North Carolina and the federal courts of the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Chetson Firm's office address is 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 920, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Since founding his firm, Mr. Chetson has represented more than 1000 people in charges ranging from serious and violent crimes, state and federal drug conspiracies and drug trafficking, sex offenses, frauds and embezzlements, criminal trademark offenses, serious child abuse cases, gun offenses, kidnappings, burglaries, and Driving While Impaired (DWI), misdemeanor drug cases, larcenies, and assaults in Wake County and the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Each case is different and no guarantees can be made. However, Mr. Chetson has achieved outstanding results for his clients, including "not guilty" verdicts in jury trials, hung juries, and acquittals by judge. He has successfully diverted clients from the court system into deferral programs community service, treatment, anger management, and restitution agreements.

He has represented clients accused of sexual abuse, child abuse, embezzlement, tax investigations, and mortgage fraud in some cases that have never been prosecuted. An attorney's early involvement in the case can make a difference in the outcome.

He has defended clients in complex drug conspiracies, and has represented clients at trial and in plea agreements who have been accused of drug offenses. In addition in some cases, he has helped win his clients reductions in punishment through cooperation agreements "confidential informant" contracts that have helped them reduce prison sentences, or avoid jail time or convictions altogether, depending on the circumstances.

Mr. Chetson maintains an active state and federal criminal practices, and focuses in criminal law. He regularly attends Continuing Legal Education programs to hone his skills, and has completed many of the same educational programs that law enforcement complete as part of their DWI or impaired driving training.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina Law School, Mr. Chetson has represented clients in federal court who have been accused of involvement with drug trafficking cartels, and clients in state court who have been charged with a range of drug crimes, from possession to trafficking.

Mr. Chetson has also successfully represented people charged with sex-related crimes, including sexual assault, rape, and pornography crimes. His background and knowledge of technological issues, including how data is stored and transmitted Criminal Lawyer Rating on the Internet, makes him well equipped to represent people charged with cyber-related crimes, including the possession and distribution of prohibited pornography.

An important part of Mr. Chetson's practice involves trial work. While only a tiny percentage of cases in the United States actually reach trial, Mr. Chetson believes that clients deserve an attorney who isn't reluctant or afraid to argue the case before a jury trial. He has tried and successfully defended or litigated cases involving kidnapping, robbery, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, and driving while impaired charges.

Mr. Chetson's belief in the trial system comes from his experience early in law school when he served as a law clerk at the Wake County PubliDUI Defense Badgec Defender. In that capacity, he helped identify crucial alibi evidence on the morning of trial that led to a "Not Guilty" verdict for a client charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon of a convenience store in Raleigh.

Where trial is not the best route, Mr. Chetson may be able to negotiate plea agreements with the District Attorney or United States Attorney that can reduce the punishment. In the federal system, he has experienceDUI Defense Badge with 5k1.1 "substantial assistance" plea agreements, 3553(f) "safety valve" reductions, and other avenues through the Sentencing Guidelines to help reduce punishments. In the state system, Mr. Chetson can sometimes arrange for deferral or diversion agreements, which allow his clients to undergo treatment or community service instead of a conviction. Frequently clients turn to Mr. Chetson to defend them at a jury trial on misdemeanor appeal.

Because the criminal system can be frightening and lawyers usually speak in strange and confusing ways, Mr. Chetson knows that his clients need to have everything about their case carefully and easily explained. He'll take time as much as it requires to communicate with you in plain speak about all of your options.
Main Office

The Chetson Firm
19 W. Hargett St.
Suite 920
Raleigh  NC  27601

Phone
  • 919-352-9411
Fax
  • 919-249-1396

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

All cases are on a flat rate and payment plans are available.

Office Information

Office Hours

8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week

Office Manager

Catherine Winter

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English; a translator can be arranged for clients speaking other languages, including Spanish.

Criminal Defense
Damon Chetson is a criminal lawyer based in Raleigh, NC representing people charged with misdemeanors, felonies, and DWI in Wake County and the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Damon Chetson is a Raleigh criminal lawyer who represents people charged with serious and minor crimes in Raleigh and the surrounding Research Triangle. He maintains an active state and federal criminal law practice, and is admitted to practice before the state courts of North Carolina and the federal courts of the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Chetson Firm's office address is 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 920, Raleigh, NC 27601.

Since founding his firm in 2009, Mr. Chetson has represented more than 1000 people in charges ranging from serious and violent crimes, state and federal drug conspiracies and drug trafficking, sex offenses, frauds and embezzlements, criminal trademark offenses, serious child abuse cases, gun offenses, kidnappings, burglaries, and Driving While Impaired (DWI), misdemeanor drug cases, larcenies, and assaults in Wake, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Johnston, and Pitt Counties and the Eastern District of North Carolina.

He recently secured a not guilty verdict after five day jury trial in a case involving allegations of Shaken Baby Syndrome (also known as Abusive Head Trauma) in a case that spanned two years, four expert witnesses, and hundreds of pages of medical and scientific evidence. In January, along with co-counsel, he tried to verdict a federal case involving charges of drug trafficking of PCP and the use of a firearm in connection with a federal drug trafficking offense 18 USC 924(c). In another case, Mr. Chetson secured dismissal of all state charges with respect to a major drug trafficking conspiracy.
DUI and DWI
Attorney Damon Chetson is a Raleigh DWI lawyer practicing in Wake County, NC.
If you need a vigorous DWI or DUI defense, hire a professional Raleigh DWI Lawyer who listens, cares and will get the job done! Damon Chetson has represented people in hundreds of DWI cases, including at bench trial and jury trial. He has taken the same Standardized Field Sobriety courses that officers taken, and is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, the leading organization in the United States dedicated to attorneys who defend drunk driving cases.

Visit other parts of our website for more on the details of DWI law, for what clients are saying about The Chetson Firm, and for some of our recent results.

Mr. Chetson defends people who have been arrested and charged with impaired driving offenses and implied consent crimes throughout Wake County, including Cary, Apex, and Wake Forest. He also utilizes a network of treatment providers and experts to help him defend and achieve outstanding results for his clients.

As any lawyer will tell you, DWI offenses are the most difficult to defend in Wake County, in large part because in almost all cases no plea offer is extended by the District Attorney's office. Therefore, your case will either result in a guilty plea, a suppression hearing, or a full-blown trial. When considering whether you wish to hire a lawyer, think about whether the lawyer you do hire is willing to take your case to trial.

Most people don't know whether they have a good DWI case or not. They assume that if they blew a high BAC on the Intox EC/IR II. In reality their case may be a good one. If you are looking for a DWI Attorney in Raleigh, call us today. We'll fight for you!

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Damon Chetson believes that regardless of a person's actual guilt or innocence, the state has an obligation to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Too many people are railroaded by the criminal system because they are afraid, don't know what to do, or don't have the resources for effective representation. Everyone is entitled to legal representation, and the state must prove it's case. Know what your rights are and make sure there's an attorney fighting on for those rights on your behalf.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Attorney Damon Chetson attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree, the University of Virginia for his graduate degree, and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill for his law degree.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have an extreme focus on customer service. Dealing with the criminal courts can be scary, and our goal is to make it less so. If we're awake, we're available to answer the phones or answer email to set our clients' minds at ease.

Damon Chetson

Raleigh criminal lawyer Damon Chetson offers full-service criminal defense legal services. Located in downtown Raleigh, two blocks from the Wake County Courthouse, Mr. Chetson represents individuals accused of misdemeanors and serious felonies in Wake County criminal courts as well as people charged with crimes in North Carolina federal courts.

A criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your life. Some people don't realize how serious a North Carolina criminal charge is until it's too late and there is already a conviction on the background check. Hiring a criminal lawyer to fight your charges greatly increases your chances of getting a better outcome so that a conviction doesn't

- Put you in jail
- Cost you more time and money
- Negatively impact your criminal background check
- Impact your ability to get a job and housing
- Affect financial aid for school
- Ruin your reputation
License
  • Bar Number: 39575
    North Carolina
Education
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
    J.D.

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