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About me

I'm a retired Marine Corps infantry officer, judge advocate and military judge who practices criminal defense law in state and federal courts out of my law firm located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.  I still consult on and handle military criminal defense cases, as well.  My primary focus is on felonies involving drug offenses, sex offenses, assaultive behavior offenses, fraud-based offenses, and white collar crime offenses.  The great majority of my cases are in North Carolina (with approximately 60 percent of my efforts devoted to federal matters), though I have traveled to other states and overseas to handle criminal matters in the past four years. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    28 years, 11 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 40%
    16 years, 350 cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark Alan Ward

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    Mark Ward Federal Crime Attorney
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  • Damon John Chetson

    Robert E. Nunley and I have tried multiple cases together. He is a "go-to" lawyer for other lawyers in Raleigh - meaning that other lawyers will call him up or stop by his office to consult with him about difficult issues. He is widely regarded as one of the top federal criminal defense lawyers in Raleigh. He routinely gets truly outstanding results for his clients. As one client mentioned in a review on this site, he is a force to the reckoned with.


    Damon Chetson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

5 West Hargett St
Suite 1000
Raleigh, NC, 27601-2936

5 West Hargett St., Suite 1000
Raleigh, NC, 27601



DCActive 198905/24/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Graduate - Military Judge CourseThe Judge Advocate General School, U.S. Army1995
Robinson O. Everett Award - Legal WritingCOMA/Federal Bar Association1994
Walter Hiersteiner Outstanding Service AwardUniversity of Kansas School of Law1987
Order of the CoifUniversity of Kansas School of Law1987
Honor GraduateNaval Justice School's Lawyer Course1987
Foulston, Siefkin Scholarship Award - 2d Year Law ReviewKansas Law Review1986
Rice ScholarRice Foundation/University of Kansas School of Law1984
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Kansas1979
Summerfield ScholarUniversity of Kansas1975
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyNunley & Associates, PLLC2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
10th Judicial District BarMember2001 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
11th Judicial District BarMember1999 - 2001
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of B.H.Released from custody--all charges dropped
US v. P.T.F.Defendant pled guilty and sentenced to 250 months
U.S. v. A.G.G.Defendant pled guilty and sentenced to 180 months
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Publication nameTitleDate
N.C. State Bar LAMP Committe Annual CLENorth Carolina Traffic Laws--20082008
Military Law ReviewJudicial Privilege: Does it Have a Role in Military Courts-Martial1992
Kansas Law ReviewNote, What Happens When the Cat is Out of the Bag1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
The Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary/Criminal LawMasters of Law (LL.M)1992
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of KansasPolitical ScienceBA1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Negotiations in Criminal CasesNegotiations in Criminal Cases2009
Immigration Issues - The Right to Remain SilentPanel Discussion - 287(g)/Safe Communities2009