Damon Chetson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC

The Chetson Firm, PLLC
 | 19 West Hargett Street, Suite 508
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-352-9411
Fax: 919-249-1396
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Damon Chetson is the founder and owner of The Chetson Firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 11 years of total legal experience, Mr. Chetson focuses his practice primarily on criminal law, and he provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout Wake County and all across the state who stand accused or are under investigation for sex offenses, child pornography, and other felonies and misdemeanors.

    Board-certified as a specialist in state and federal criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Chetson has successfully handled more than 1,200 criminal cases in varying ranges of complexity and severity since establishing his own private practice. Before that, he worked briefly with the Wake County Public Defender’s Office, where he was able to secure his first not guilty verdict in a robbery case while he was still a student in law school.

    As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Chetson fully understands the terror and uncertainty people experience when facing serious criminal charges, and he strives to provide the highest level of representation possible with the utmost compassion and integrity. He is also a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform and a strong opponent of the death penalty and life without parole. As such, he works hard to increase his clients' chances for a favorable ruling and to mitigate the severity of sentences upon conviction, if that is the outcome.

    A 1994 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Chetson received his Master of Arts in European history from the University of Virginia in 1997. Upon deciding to pursue his legal career, he attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2009. 

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019

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    About Damon Chetson

    Admitted: 2009, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: https://www.chetson.com/bio/


    • Rising Star, 2015-2019
    • Super Lawyer, 2021, 2020

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, North Carolina Bar, 2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Represent pro bono people charged in various protest actions., 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • North Carolina Bar Association's General Practitioner's Guide to Criminal Law, Search & Seizure Chapter, 2016
    • Perfect 10 and Contribution Liability: Can Search Engine Survive?, 9N.C.J.L. & Tech. On. 1, 2007


    • Reduction of First Degree Murder charge by plea to accessory and robbery charges.  Client granted "extraordinary mitigation.", 2019
    • Plea agreement reducing First Degree Murder to Second Degree Murder, with a total sentence of 94 months in a case with extensive domestic violence history., 2019
    • Hung Jury, State v. A.E., Wake County, North Carolina, First Degree Murder - 10 voted not guilty., 2019
    • Life Sentence in a triple homicide in which the State of North Carolina sought the death penalty, 2019
    • Hung Jury - 4 voted not guilty - in federal felon in possession of a firearm in the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2019
    • Guilty of RICO, finding by jury that client had not committed any murders as part of the RICO organization. Federal Court, 2019, 2019
    • Not Guilty in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, two counts of 18 U.S.C. 924(c) and one count of 18 U.S.C. 922(g), 2020

    Representative Clients:

    • US v. G. - Federal Defendant, Kidnapping of Prosecutor's Father US v. B. - North Carolina Sheriff's Deputy, Corruption and Drug Counts US v. L. - Federal Defendant, Drug Trafficking Conspiracy, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • University of Virginia, European History (German), MA, Charlottesville, 1997
    • University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1994

    Industry Groups

    • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • North Carolina Advocates For Justice
    • North Carolina Bar Association
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    Office Location for Damon Chetson

    19 West Hargett Street
    Suite 508
    Raleigh, NC 27601

    Phone: 919-352-9411

    Fax: 919-249-1396

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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