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Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, born and raised on Harkers Island. Joel is a 2002 graduate of East Carteret High School in Beaufort, NC, where he excelled academically and athletically. While at East Carteret, Joel was a member of the National Art Honors Society and the BETA club. Joel was quarterback for the Mariners' football team and was an All-Conference catcher on the baseball team. 


From 2003 to 2005 Joel served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brasilia, Brazil. Upon his return, Joel continued his studies at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Joel graduated Magna Cum Laude, first in his major in Economics, and with University Honors, earning the Student Government Association's "Top Graduate in Economics" award. 


After a year of graduate school in Economics, Joel enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, where he excelled as a gifted writer and orator, earning the position of Senior Advocate on the school's Moot Court Board, and competing on the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court team. While at Penn State Joel clerked with the Honorable Michael F. Salisbury, District Attorney of Clinton County, PA. He also worked as the research assistant of Professor Marco Ventoruzzo. 


After law school Joel passed Bar Exams in Pennsylvania and in North Carolina. In 2013, Joel opened his solo practice in Beaufort, NC to pursue his dream of defending the criminally accused. In September of 2013, Joel accepted a position as a criminal defense attorney with the Beaufort firm of Cummings & Kennedy. Joel's experience in criminal practice ranges from traffic infractions to homicide. 


Joel is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish. 


Joel resides on Harkers Island with his high school sweetheart, Lauren, of Beaufort, NC, and their two boys, Calvin and Oliver. When he's not in court, Joel enjoys coaching his nephews' baseball team, hunting, fishing, and taking his boys to Shell Point on Harkers Island to feed the seagulls.  


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James Robert Cummings

    Joel has just the right blend of legal ability and street smarts. His clients are raving fans because they appreciate the effort he gives their case.


    James Cummings Criminal Defense Attorney
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    Joel embodies what anyone facing criminal charges--small or large--wants in an attorney. He is a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate for his clients. He is skilled in trying to work out the best possible outcome--whether through a plea or through trial. As an attorney, I have no hesitation of referring a client to Joel.


    Robert Brooks Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

Cummings & Cummings

613 Cedar Street Ste. A
Beaufort, NC, 28516


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Graduate in EconomicsEast Carolina University Student Government Association2008
Top Rising Graduate StudentEast Carolina University Department of Economics2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJoel Hancock, Attorney At Law2013 - 2013
Research Assistant of Professor Marco VentoruzzoThe Dickinson School Of Law Of The Pennsylvania State University2010 - 2011
Certified Legal InternClinton County, PA District Attorney's Office2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Carteret County BarMember2013 - Present
3-B District BarMember2013 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2013 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember2013 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Core Sound Waterfowl MuseumMember2012 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Penn State ChapterPresident2010 - 2011
American Constitution Society - Penn State ChapterOutreach Chair2010 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
East Carolina UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2008
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals and Criminal Justice ProfessionalsSearches & Seizures in North Carolina2015