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Michael J. Reece

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, Domestic Violence, Appeals

About Me

I am native of Winston-Salem, NC.  I grew up near there in Pfafftown and graduated from North Forsyth High School in 1987.  I received a BS in Chemical Engineering from NC State University in 1991.  I attended the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Chancellors Scholar and earned my JD with honors in 1994.


 


I concentrate my professional practice in the area of criminal law and handle all types of cases in this area, from traffic tickets to first degree murder.  I have been lead counsel in over 50 jury trials and have handled over 100 cases in the appellate courts of North Carolina.


 


I am known for thorough preparation, for being quick on my feet during trial, and for a dogged dedication to representing the interests of my clients, even if their position is unpopular or causes them to collide with those in power. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    21 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 40%
    21 years, 10 thousand cases
  3. Appeals: 5%
    17 years, 150 cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
    21 years, 400 cases

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Thomas Christopher Bell

    Mr. Reece is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of Criminal Law and Appeals, and he has established a stellar reputation among other attorneys. I endorse him as an attorney, and would recommend him to anyone looking for a zealous criminal defense attorney in the Johnston County area.

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    Thomas Bell Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Samuel J. Randall IV

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Samuel Randall Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

121 S. Third Street
PO Box 2747
Smithfield, NC, 27577

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NCActive199407/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Board Certified Specialist - State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2013
Volunteer Lawyer AwardEast Central Community Legal Services2001
Volunteer Lawyer AwardEast Central Community Legal Services2000
Volunteer Lawyer AwardEast Central Community Legal Services1999

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerReece & Reece2010 - Present
PartnerWoodruff, Reece & Fortner2001 - 2012
Managing PartnerReece & Reece2000 - 2001
MemberSolo Practice1996 - 2000
AssociateSpence & Spence1994 - 1996

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2002 - Present
Johnston County Bar Association - Indigent Defense CommitteeChairman2000 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/A1998 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
North Carolina State BarN/A1994 - Present
Johnston County Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of North Carolina vs. [name withheld]Found not guilty by jury on two counts; 11-1 for acquittal on third.
State of North Carolina v. [name withheld]Found not guilty by jury

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
The Mechanics of North Carolina Criminal ProceduresEthical Considerations in Criminal Law2012
The Mechanics of North Carolina Criminal ProceduresPlea Agreement, Procedures, Pointers & Pitfalls2012

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJ.D., with honors1994
North Carolina State UniversityChemical EngineeringB.S., cum laude1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
The Mechanics of North Carolina Criminal ProceduresEthical Considerations In Criminal Law2012
The Mechanics of North Carolina Criminal ProceduresPlea Agreement Procedures, Pointers and Pitfalls2012
Ethics Seminar - 11th District BarEthics Roundtable2009