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Damon John Chetson

Damon John Chetson

also known as The Chetson Firm

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence, Federal Crime

About Me

Damon Chetson is a criminal lawyer in Raleigh who helps people charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, and drunk driving (DWI) charges in Raleigh, Cary, Apex and other parts of Wake County and the Research Triangle. He represents people charged in both the state and federal courts in North Carolina.


Mr. Chetson is an aggressive lawyer who, in a previous career, was a Vice President of a leading think tank and public policy organization that advised politicians and legislators about legal, economic, and financial policies.


He lives in suburban Raleigh with his wife, their two horses, and four dogs.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Violent Crime: 20%
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Dewey Powell Brinkley

    Damon is a student of the law who continues to develop a repertoire as an outstanding criminal trial lawyer.


    Dewey Brinkley Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Anthony Richard Tuorto

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Anthony Tuorto Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info




Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Graduate Studies GrantSmith Richardson Foundation1998
Graduated with honorsUniversity of Pennsylvania1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Criminal Defense and DWI LawyerThe Chetson Firm, PLLC2009 - Present
Felony Law ClerkWake County Public Defender2007 - 2009
Vice PresidentThe Goldwater Institute2004 - 2006
Project ManagerInstitute for Humane Studies/Mercatus Center1997 - 2004


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMember2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2009 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Armed Robbery - Robbery with Dangerous WeaponNot Guilty Jury Verdict
Drug Possession and DeferralDismissal
Drug Possession - MarijuanaNo prosecution

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of PennsylvaniaHistoryBA1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Law School Panel - UNC-Chapel HillFinding a Legal Job2010
Oliver Wendell Holmes’ LiberalismLegal Theory of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes2008
Law and the Spontaneous Order in F.A. FayekThe Constitutional Theory of Friedrich Hayek2002