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I believe very strongly in the concept of liberty and the freedoms granted to each of us by the Constitution.  I consider the Courthouse to be the front lines of the battleground for our liberty and I'm proud to be a leader and a soldier on that front line.  My experience as a law student, including law journal editor, judicial externship and focused studies, built a solid foundation for my law career. This foundation is strengthened by working within the court system each day, defending my clients' rights.  My life experience as a husband, father and employee before I entered the legal profession all contribute to my professional ethics and values, making me a better lawyer.

I have taught courses to other practicing attorneys on effective ways to defend criminal charges, have served as a featured panelist in roundtable Q&As for practicing attorneys who want to hone their defense skills, provided private consults for attorneys who needed help with more difficult cases, and coached a high school mock trial team who took first in the State and finished second nationally (I can't take much credit for that though - those kids were rockstars in the courtroom).  Before law school, I worked for Lucent Technologies selling Optical Networking Equipment and Fiber Optic Cable.  It was a good opportunity to travel the world a bit and develop some key negotation and persuasion tools. 

I believe in providing direct, effective, and compassionate counsel to my clients and I defend their rights with integrity and professionalism.

Personal interests:

My work and family keep me busy, but I am an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Rams & Blues.  


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
  5. Violent Crime: 5%



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • William D. Young IV

    Wil is an outstanding litigator and advocate. He truly cares about his clients and seeks justice for them as if it was for himself.


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  • J. Patrick Williams

    William Fay is one of the best criminal attorneys in North Carolina. His aggressive approach and experience handling a high volume of cases are both assets anyone facing criminal charges should seek out in their defense. I highly recommend him.


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Contact info

Fay & Grafton

2626 S. Saunders St.
Raleigh, NC, 27603


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lead Counsel Rated - Criminal Law - State Felony & Misdemeanor.Lead Counsel2015
Lead Counsel Rated - Drunk Driving DefenseLead Counsel2015
Humanitarian of the YearNAACP2014
Academic Excellence Award: Juvenile LawSt. Louis University School of Law2005
Academic Excellence Award: Criminal ProcedureSt. Louis University School of Law2004
Academic Excellence Award: Professional ResponsibilitySt. Louis University School of Law2004
Academic Excellence Award: Alternative Dispute ResolutionSt. Louis University School of Law2004
Academic Excellence Award: Legal Research and WritingSt. Louis University School of Law2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerFay & Grafton2013 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of William L. Fay2005 - 2013
Law ClerkBeech Law Firm - St. Louis, MO2003 - 2004
Sales Account ExecutiveLucent Technologies1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Wake County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v MNot Guilty
State v ENot Guilty
State v NNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Que PasaWhy paying off your ticket is a bad idea2015
google+ blogWhy We Should All Loathe Checkpoints2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Arizona State UniversityPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1997
Washington UniversityPolitical Scienceattended 1993-1995N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers CLEDefending a DWI2014
WCACTL All Day CLERoadside Testing: A Controlled Drinking Exercise2013
Law Review CLE - Marriott RaleighOver the Limit: Defending a DUI Case2013
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers CLEDWI Law and Trial Practice2011
CLE on Horizontal Gaze NystagmusDWI Field Sobriety Testing2009