Joseph E. Houchin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard, PLLC
 | 530 Hillsborough St, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-747-8380
Fax: 919-882-1222
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Cannabis Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    As an Equity Partner at Dysart Willis Houchin & Hubbard, Joseph E. Houchin represents those in the Raleigh, North Carolina, metropolitan and surrounding areas in matters of criminal defense. At both the appellate and trial level, Mr. Houchin handles cases in state and federal courts. While representing those charged with drug offenses, criminal tax and fraud cases, embezzlement and theft, violent crimes, DWI and motor vehicle death cases, and firearms violations. He also represents entrepreneurs and employers in civil and administrative settings including those in the quickly evolving industrial hemp industry. 

    Admitted to practice before all state and U.S. District Courts in North Carolina, Mr. Houchin first earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in government and international politics from George Mason University before graduating from the University of Mississippi School of Law with a Juris Doctor and entering the practice of law.

    Mr. Houchin is a member of the Wake County and North Carolina Bar Associations. He is a Blackstone Fellow, certified by Alliance Defending Freedom and an alumni of the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders conducted by the John Locke Foundation. He was invited to present on issues related to noncompliance penalties at the 20th Annual North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference. As past Chairman of the University of Mississippi Moot Court Board, Mr. Houchin won the Daniel Coker Horton & Bell Appellate Advocacy Competition and was a finalist at the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Competition. 

    Handling cases involving civil litigation, business law and criminal defense, Mr. Houchin has achieved not guilty verdicts in criminal trials, successfully argued for pre-trial dismissal and evidence suppression, and collectively saved business owners over a million of dollars in fines and penalties sought by the State. 

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Criminal Defense
    • 40%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Cannabis Law
    Focus Areas

    Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Rising Stars: 2018 - 2021

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    About Joseph Houchin

    Admitted: 2011, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage:


    • University of Mississippi Moot Court Board, Chairman
    • John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, runner- up
    • National Moot Court Team Member
    • Daniel Coker Horton & Bell Appellate Advocacy Competition, winner

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Blackstone Fellow, Alliance Defending Freedom
    • E.A. Morris Fellowship, John Locke Foundation
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
    • Wake County Bar Association
    • North Carolina, 2011
    • North Carolina Bar Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Uninsured Claims 101: Contempt, Penalties and Employee Misclassification Legislation, 20th Annual NC Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference
    • USDA Interim Rules Update, Mid-Atlantic Hemp Trade Show & Conference, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • George Mason University, B.A. in Government and International Politics
    • University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor
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    Office Location for Joseph E. Houchin

    530 Hillsborough St
    Suite 200
    Raleigh, NC 27603

    Phone: 919-747-8380

    Fax: 919-882-1222

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    Last Updated: 12/30/2020

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