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Mr. Damon Chetson

Mr. Damon Chetson

Multiple criminal trial victories, Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Domestic Violence
  • North Carolina
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In 2019 alone, Mr. Chetson defended clients in four jury trials - two federal trials and two state murder trials - and secured victories in each trial. Mr. Chetson was the only lawyer out of more than 80 in the largest federal criminal prosecution in history to win any victory at trial, beating a "special sentencing factor" of murder.

Mr. Chetson has secured outstanding results for clients in cases ranging from murder to drug trafficking, to sex offenses. He is one of fewer than 100 Board Certified Specialists in State and Federal Criminal Law in the entire state of North Carolina.

In other recent cases, Mr. Chetson secured a rare “no contest” plea in another high-profile case involving a Mayor’s son who faced dozens of charges of child pornography; the client was sentenced to probation.

Also in 2019, Mr. Chetson won release on probation of his client originally charged with first degree murder (WRAL TV) when a Superior Court Judge granted Mr. Chetson’s request for “extraordinary mitigation,” the first time that judge handed down such a judgment in the judge’s 15 year judicial career. Another Chetson Firm client – originally facing a 10 year mandatory minimum – received a 40 month sentence in the Eastern District of North Carolina after pleading guilty to trafficking in more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine from Texas when a federal judge granted Mr. Chetson’s request for a “safety valve” reduction under 18 USC 3553(f).

And Mr. Chetson won dismissal of all charges and the release of a client accused of First Degree Kidnapping and Forcible Rape after a bond hearing in which Mr. Chetson and his investigator were able to show the Court that Raleigh police detectives had arrested an innocent person. The case has been expunged.

Whether you face a federal indictment, felony warrants in North Carolina state court, or an investigation by an employer, your university, or the police, we have experience in all aspects of criminal defense.

University of Virginia
M.A. (1996) | History (European)
Honors: Smith Richardson Fellow. Received MA in History in 1996. Teaching Assistant in Western Civilization core curriculum class in 1996-1997.
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University of Pennsylvania
Honors: Graduated with honors
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
J.D. | Law
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Professional Experience
The Chetson Firm, PLLC
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With more than 25 trials, Mr. Chetson in 2019 alone won victories in three homicide-related trials - including the largest federal RICO prosecution in U.S. history.
Articles & Publications
Perfect 10 and Contributory Liability: Can Search Engines Survive?
North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology
Speaking Engagements
Criminal Law: Social Media and Ethics , Criminal Continuing Legal Education Seminar , Greensboro, NC
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law
North Carolina State Bar
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Lead Chair Roster
Office of the Capital Defender
Selected to represent clients charged with capital (death penalty) murder in North Carolina state courts.
Criminal Justice Act Panel
Eastern District North Carolina
Serve on a panel of attorneys approved by the Court to represent indigent clients charged with federal crimes from 2014 to present.
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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North Carolina Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
North Carolina State Bar
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4th Circuit
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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Domestic Violence
  • English
  • German: Spoken, Written
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The Chetson Firm
19 W. Hargett St.
Suite 508
Raleigh, NC 27601
Telephone: (919) 352-9411
Fax: (919) 887-7269
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