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.