Fay & Grafton

Immigration and Criminal Defense Firm. Former Trial Attorney for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Firm Overview

Rebekah Grafton is a former trial attorney for the Department of Homeland Security in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. She is prepared to put years of experience litigating on behalf of the government to work for you. She is not only well versed in the complicated nuances of immigration law, but in her unique experience she has become well-versed in the policies that guide the filing of applications. She has prepared and argued written motions and memoranda at both the trial Court level as well as at the Board of Immigration Appeals. Additionally, she has worked closely with USCIS on visa issues, including family based petitions, employment based petitions, juvenile petitions, and visa petitions for victims of crimes.

William Fay has been practicing exclusively in criminal defense in Wake County State Courts since 2005. He handles nothing but criminal, traffic, and DWIs and he does them well. He has taught CLE courses to other practicing attorneys on how to properly defend DWIs and more focused courses on Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from DWI and traffic violations to larceny, assault, misdemeanors and major felonies.
Main Office

Main
2626 S. Saunders St.
Raleigh  NC  27603

Phone
  • (919) 828-5570
Fax
  • (919) 828-5670

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We offer free initial consultations for all criminal and traffic cases; immigration consultations are $100.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

No; please contact our office for a quote for your specific legal needs.

Hourly Rates

Please contact our office for a quote regarding your specific legal needs.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Maria Gonzalez

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish.

Immigration Law
Rebekah Grafton brings years of experience working as a trial attorney for the Department of Homeland Security to the firm.
Rebekah has extensive experience and a working knowledge of DHS policies. She can help clients negotiate their way through a variety of immigration issues including Citizenship and Naturalization, I-9 Employer Verification, Deportation, DACA/Dream Act Preperation, Green Cards/Residency Petitions, and applications and renewals for all types of visas.
DUI and DWI
William Fay has been defending DWI defendants in Wake County, NC since 2005.
William Fay has been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Standardized Field Sobriety Test Administration. These are the tests used by officers to determine whether and to what extent an individual may be impaired. They are the meat and potatoes of many DWI trials and a thorough understanding of these tests is crucial in defending a DWI.

William often teaches courses to other practicing attorneys on effective ways to represent their clients in North Carolina courtrooms for organizations such as Law Review CLE (Over the Limit: Defending a DWI in North Carolina Courts) and the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers (Understanding Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) and (DWI Roundtable Q&A)
Criminal Defense
William Fay has practiced exclusively in criminal law in Wake County since 2005.
As a defense attorney, William Fay has built a reputation for aggressively and creatively defending his clients' rights. He has represented thousands of clients on charges ranging from DUI/DWI and traffic violations to larceny, assault, and misdemeanor and felony drug charges.

William is a staunch defender of the Constitution, and as a result, a staunch defender of an individual's rights. He prides himself on offering potential clients an honest assessment which, in some cases, may result in a referral for more specialized representation or simply advising an individual on how to best represent themselves. When he takes a case, it's not just that he feels confident he can give a client his best, but that he can provide one of the best defenses available. Even with that, he understands that sometimes the process can be intimidating, emotional, or simply uncertain, and he does his best to make his office and himself accessible.

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

William Fay has wanted to defend the Bill of Rights from a young age and went to law school knowing that his practice focus would be in criminal defense. He believes strongly in individual liberties and knows that the only way to protect our freedoms is to advocate, case after case, for privacy interests and individual autonomy over governmental control over our lives.

Rebekah Grafton's interest in immigration law blossomed in Law School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She published a law review article entitled "Reporting Abuse as a Prerequisite for Asylum: The Ninth Circuit's Examination of Ornelas-Chavez v. Gonzalez" 33 N.C.J. Int'l L & Com. Reg. 147-165 (2007). Following law school, Rebekah prepared petitions for immigration visas for corporate clients of a large firm she worked for in Boston. In 2009, she began her work with the Department of Homeland Security and began carving a reputation for herself as one of the brightest and hardest working immigration attorneys in the nation.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The internet has been both a best friend and a worst enemy to individuals who want to educate themselves on legal issues. There is a plethora of misinformation out there on official looking websites. Some of this information is written by attorneys and some of it is written by marketing executives or SEO specialists. Even the information put out there by attorneys is often half complete or outdated. Its always helpful to develop a baseline understanding, but the truth is, the law is complicated and cases generally are made or broken by the minutia of individual case facts rather than by some blanket rule that can be posted generically on a website.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are happy to review documents prepared by clients during a consultation.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We are glad to provide advice to clients who choose to represent themselves and do not need an attorney. We will recommend retaining an attorney if the circumstances become complicated and formal counsel is needed.

William Fay

Before law school, I worked for Lucent Technologies selling Optical Networking Equipment. I was responsible for nationwide distribution sales of fiber optic cable, with global responsibility for the Saavis account.

My experience as a law student, including law journal editor, judicial externship and focused studies, built a solid foundation for my law career. This foundation is strengthened by working within the court system each day, defending my clients' rights during trial. My life experience as a husband, father and employee before I entered the legal profession all contribute to my professional ethics and values, making me a better lawyer.

I believe in providing direct, effective and compassionate counsel to my clients. I will defend their rights with integrity and professionalism.

Personal interests:

My work and family keep me busy, but I am an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams & Blues.

License
  • Bar Number: 33915
    North Carolina , 2005
Education
  • St. Louis University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Editor for St. Louis University Law Journal.

    Honors:
    Class Rank: 6th out of 312 students. Multiple Academic Excellence Awards. Graduated with High Honors.
  • Arizona State University
    B.A. , 1997
    Phoenix, AZ

Rebekah Grafton

Rebekah Grafton is a former trial attorney for the Department of Homeland Security in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. She is prepared to put years of experience litigating on behalf of the government to work for you. She is not only well versed in the complicated nuances of immigration law, but in her unique experience she has become well-versed in the policies that guide the filing of applications. She has prepared and argued written motions and memoranda at both the trial Court level as well as at the Board of Immigration Appeals. Additionally, she has worked closely with USCIS on visa issues, including family based petitions, employment based petitions, juvenile petitions, and visa petitions for victims of crimes. Rebekah is currently licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and practices only Immigration Law throughout the country.
License
  • Bar Number: 673162
    Massachusetts , 2008
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    J.D. , 2008
    with honors

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