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James Lupton

James Lupton

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  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • North Carolina
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Jim Lupton is an accomplished Criminal Defense attorney and formerly a successful local prosecutor. He is the only private criminal defense attorney in Carteret County both certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a State Criminal Law Specialist and recognized as an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Jim is knowledgeable, confident, well-respected, hardworking and above all, always dedicated to protecting his clients by listening to them, being available for them, and aggressively fighting for them. He has been admitted to practice in U.S. District Court and the United States Supreme Court, but chooses to concentrate his practice in the courtrooms of Carteret County.

As a longtime prosecutor in Carteret County, Jim prosecuted countless thousands of cases in district court, from minor traffic and driving while impaired, assaults, drug offenses, property crimes, wildlife and fisheries violations while also successfully trying countless jury trails in Superior Court for all manners of felonies, including but not limited to robberies, sex offenses, narcotic sales, burglaries and countless others.

In his twenty-five years as a privately retained criminal defense attorney, Jim has helped many thousands of clients deal with charges from the simplest traffic offense all the way up to murder. On the most severe of cases, when it benefits our clients, Jim will work alongside John E. Nobles, III and other talented partners of the firm.

Jim is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, The National Trial Lawyers, The Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court, Carteret County Bar, District 3-B Bar (Past President) and Lookout Rotary Club. He received his B.S., cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1987 and his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992.

University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. (1992) | Law
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Wake Forest University
B.S. (1987) | Business
Honors: cum laude
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Professional Experience
Wheatly Law Group
- Current
Assistant District Attorney
District Attorney's Office, 3B Prosecutorial District, Beaufort, NC
Board Certified in Criminal Law
North Carolina State Bars Board of Legal Specialization
AV Preeminent Peer Rating
10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Client Champion - GOLD
10.0 Superb Rating
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
The National Trial Lawyers
Top 10 Criminal Defense North Carolina
Attorney and Practice Magazine
Legal Elite - Excellence in Criminal Defense
Business North Carolina Magazine
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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Judicial District 4 Bar Association
Activities: Past President
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Eastern North Carolina Inns of Court
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Activities: Criminal Defense Section
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Carteret County Bar Association
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North Carolina Bar Association
Activities: Criminal Justice Section
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National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL)
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
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U.S. Supreme Court
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United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Wheatly Law Group
710 Cedar Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
Telephone: (252) 728-3158
Fax: (252) 728-5282