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Christopher R. Clifton

Criminal defense Attorney at Winston Salem, NC

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1995
    Status
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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Being charged with a crime is not the same as being found guilty of a crime. In order to protect your rights and ensure a proper defense, you need representation from a dedicated criminal trial attorney. Call Attorney Clifton today.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    North Carolina is among the toughest states for DWI penalties and offenders may be charged with any of five levels of misdemeanor, depending on the seriousness of the situation and whether this is a first offense. You'll need Attorney Clifton.

  3. Violent crime
    10%
    Violent crime charges are taken seriously in North Carolina, and if you are charged with one of these crimes then the prosecution will be under pressure to land a conviction. You need an aggressive lawyer who can help you. Call Mr. Clifton.

  4. White collar crime
    10%
    Tax evasion | Securities fraud | Insider trading | Identity theft | Mail fraud | Medicare fraud | Mortgage fraud | Public corruption | Official misconduct | Embezzlement RICO | Antitrust violations | Counterfeiting| More!

  5. Federal crime
    5%

Christopher R. Clifton holds the rare distinction of being a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. As a criminal defense lawyer and partner at Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A. in Winston-Salem, Chris focuses most of his practice on serious felony cases. Chris has been involved in many complex and high profile cases over the years. He recently worked with Michael Grace on the appeal team for Ernie Pitt, who was charged with defrauding the Housing Authority. The conviction was successfully overturned thanks to their efforts.
Chris is a member of many professional legal organizations, and previously serviced as the chair of the Federal Bar Association. He also served two terms as the chair of the Criminal Justice Committee for the N.C. Bar Association. Outside of his legal practice, he also publishes articles and lectures regarding criminal sentencing, gaming law, and other topics.

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Location

Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A.
200 W 1st St
Winston Salem, NC, 27101-4051

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Sam | October 31, 2022
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Like a Rock.
Clifton is experienced and calm, and handles everything smoothly. His staff are a pleasure and they kept me informed and up to date on all matters.
Posted by Vivienne Witte | October 5, 2022
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Great defense lawyer
Christopher R. Clifton is a great criminal defense lawyer. He handled my Assault and battery case quickly and efficiently. The settlement was exactly what we wanted, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome.
Posted by Gilbert Spencer | October 3, 2022
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Excellent legal services
Great lawyer! I was charged with Traffic offenses and he gave me the best defense possible. I'm glad he was able to get the charges dropped.
Posted by Carl Ortiz | October 2, 2022
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Very professional
I contacted Chris after I was charged with Theft. Chris was very professional and he really knows his stuff when it comes to the law. He told me what to expect and he was always available to answer my questions. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Kristie Fox | September 30, 2022
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Highly recommendable
Mr. Clifton is a great lawyer. He knows the law inside and out, and he knows how to work the system to get the best results for his clients. He represented me in an assault case, and he got me the settlement I wanted. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Ben Howard | September 28, 2022
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knowledgeable lawyer
Attorney Clifton is an outstanding lawyer who got me the best possible outcome in my case. He is always responsive to my questions and is very knowledgeable about the law. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by Erin Allen | September 28, 2022
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Awesome lawyer
I am so grateful that Christopher R. Clifton represented me in my violent crime case. His expertise and knowledge in the field is truly amazing, and he was able to guide me through the entire process. I felt so comforted and assured with him by my side, and I know that I would not have been able to get through it without him. Thank you!!
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Posted by Toni Lowe | September 26, 2022
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Experienced attorney
You know how expensive a speeding ticket can be. I got a ticket recently that was due to an unclear speed limit board, but the legal team at Ticket Wiper was able to get the fine revoked. I'm so grateful to them for helping me out and I would definitely recommend their services to anyone who needs help with a legal issue.
Posted by Michael A. | September 19, 2022
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Great lawyer
If you're facing a DWI, you need Christopher R. Clifton on your side. He knows the ins and outs of the law and will help you get the best possible outcome. I was facing a hefty fine, but he was able to get it reduced. He's a great lawyer and I would recommend him to anyone in a similar situation.
Posted by Rosemary Jones | September 14, 2022
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Very experienced lawyer.
Christopher R. Clifton is a very experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer. I retained him for a very serious and complex criminal forfeiture case. Mr. Clifton was able to obtain a terrific result for me in the case. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by April Reed | September 14, 2022
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Good lawyer
When I was charged with a DWI, I was extremely anxious about what would happen to me. I knew I needed a good lawyer to help me fight the charges. I'm so glad I found Christopher R. Clifton. He was very knowledgeable about the law and was able to get my charges reduced. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by Nichole Stephens | September 12, 2022
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Understandable and Informative!
Christopher R. Clifton is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. I was facing some very serious charges, and he was able to get them reduced significantly. He was always available to answer my questions, and he made me feel like I had a real chance to win my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by Rose Edwards | September 12, 2022
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5-stars service!
I was referred to Attorney Clifton by a friend who had worked with him in the past. I was facing some very serious charges and Attorney Clifton was able to get the charges against me dropped. He was extremely knowledgeable and was always available to answer my questions. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by Sandine Brune | September 9, 2022
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Expertise and Helpful!
It is with great pleasure that I write this review for Christopher R. Clifton. I sought out his legal services when I was facing a violent crime charge. My case was in a very difficult place, but Christopher was able to turn things around and ultimately get the outcome we were hoping for. His professionalism and expertise were paramount in achieving this result, and I am forever grateful. Thanks a lot for your amazing legal services.
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Posted by Alicia Wallace | September 8, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
When I was facing a criminal charge, I was feeling hopeless and helpless. But my lawyer, Christopher R. Clifton, made me feel hopeful and confident. He is an excellent lawyer who knows how to handle cases professionally. With his help, I was able to get the decision I wanted. Thank you, Christopher, for your excellent legal services.
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Posted by Stacie Porter | September 6, 2022
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Excellent legal knowledge
I was being framed for false mortgage fraud and he and his team were able to help me get out of the false legal proceedings. They knew their field inside and out and were able to help get things sorted and get the case in my favor.
Posted by Toni Bennett | September 5, 2022
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Excellent Services!
If you're looking for an amazing lawyer that will always have your back, then look no further than Christopher R. Clifton! I was facing criminal forfeiture and wasn't sure what to do, but Christopher and his team not only got me the interim relief I needed, but they also helped me win the case on merits. I can't thank them enough for all their help, and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a great lawyer.
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Posted by Derrick Sullivan | September 1, 2022
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5-star lawyer
I needed some guidance for gaming law and I found the team at this law firm to be very insightful. They gave me a detailed look into the law and I am now much more informed about the law and how it affects gamers. I would recommend this law firm to anyone who needs legal assistance. A special mention to Christopher R. Clifton for his help and legal advice.
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Posted by Maggie Peters | August 31, 2022
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Awesome lawyer and person
If you're in need of a good lawyer, look no further than Christopher R. Clifton. He has a good name, and that's why I trusted him with my case. Thanks to his sharp and knowledgeable team, the criminal conspiracy case was dismissed in our favor under his guidance. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome, and I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by Geraldine Viard | August 31, 2022
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Highly recommendable lawyer
If you need legal advice, Christopher R. Clifton is the man to go to. He's always up for a chat and is more than happy to help you out with whatever legal issue you're dealing with. He's extremely knowledgeable and has a ton of experience, so you can rest assured that you're in good hands. My experience with him has always been productive and he is the one I rely on for legal advice.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Rowan County District Attorney
  • 1995 - 1997

Education

  • Wake Forest University Law School
  • J.D.
  • 1995
  • North Carolina State University
  • B.A.
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States of America v. Sandako Meshawn Brandon
  • U.S. vs. Ernest Pitt

Associations

  • American Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Sentencing and Advisory Commission
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Fee Dispute Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Joseph Branch Inn of Court
  • Chief Justice
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • President NCMD Chapter
  • 2013 - 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Council Chair
  • 2005 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2008
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Winston Salem Criminal defense Lawyer Christopher R. Clifton
Christopher R. Clifton
Criminal defense Attorney
Winston Salem, NC
Licensed for 28 years