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John E. Fitzgerald

DUI and DWI Attorney at Winston Salem, NC

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    My practice is evenly balanced between criminal, DWI, and traffic/driver's license matters. I handle a large number of DWI cases including guilty pleas, trials, and driving privilege matters, in Forsyth, Davie, and Davidson Counties in North Carolina.

    31 years, 600 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    My practice is evenly balanced between criminal, DWI, and traffic/driver's license matters. I handle all criminal matters, from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies, in North Carolina State Court. Practice limited to Forsyth, Davie, and Davie Counites.

    31 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    My practice is evenly balanced between criminal, DWI, and traffic/driver's license matters. I handle all speeding and traffic offenses, including driver's license matters and DMV hearings, in Forsyth, Davie, and Davidson Counties in North Carolina.

    31 years, 1,500 cases

General InfoAttorney John E. Fitzgerald was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan.  He is a 1983 graduate of East Lansing High School in East Lansing, Michigan.  He moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1983 to attend Wake Forest University. Mr. Fitzgerald received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest in 1987, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors, majoring in History and minoring in French. During the fall semester of his senior year, Mr. Fitzgerald studied in Dijon, France, where he became fluent in . Fitzgerald received his Juris Doctor degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar later that same . Fitzgerald began practicing law on March 1, 1993, as an associate for well-known Winston- Salem attorney Larry L. Eubanks. Mr. Fitzgerald quickly excelled at representing Mr. Eubanks' large number of criminal, traffic, and driver's license clients. Mr. Fitzgerald took over the busy law practice on January 1, 2000, when Mr. Eubanks 1993, Mr. Fitzgerald has handled literally thousands of criminal, traffic, DWI, and driver's license matters. Mr. Fitzgerald's chief legal assistant, Mrs. Elizabeth Birnbaumer, has worked with him since November 1, 2000. Mrs. Birnbaumer was formerly employed as a courtroom clerk in Forsyth County District Court and is extremely knowledgeable about the types of cases Mr. Fitzgerald handles and the issues his clients . Fitzgerald decided at the beginning of his career to practice only criminal, traffic, DWI, and driver's license law instead of being a general practitioner so he could skillfully represent his clients and have sufficient time to devote to their cases. That strategy worked.  Mr. Fitzgerald is fortunate to have a large group of loyal clients who often return with new cases of their own and who regularly refer friends and family members to . Fitzgerald is the only attorney in his firm, so your case will never be passed on to an inexperienced . Fitzgerald's philosophy has always been to treat every client equally and with the respect they deserve, no matter how large or small their case or fee may be. Mr. Fitzgerald prides himself on giving exemplary customer service, whether it be in the courtroom, over the telephone, or in his office. Despite his busy daily court schedule, Mr. Fitzgerald strives to return every telephone call on the same business day it is received. Mr. Fitzgerald always sends a detailed letter to his clients upon completion of their case explaining what happened in court so they will have it for future reference. Mr. Fitzgerald realizes that you may be scared or embarrassed to call a lawyer if you have been charged with a criminal or traffic offense.  He and his staff are courteous, knowledgeable, professional, and non-judgmental.  They will keep your identity and the details of your case completely . Fitzgerald represents people accused of all criminal or traffic offenses in North Carolina state court.  Mr. Fitzgerald accepts cases in Forsyth County (courthouses located in Winston-Salem and Kernersville), Davidson County (courthouses located in Lexington and Thomasville), and Davie County (courthouse located in Mocksville).  Examples of the types of cases Mr. Fitzgerald handles are:DWI/DUI/Drunk DrivingSpeeding TicketsReckless Driving/Racing/Aggressive DrivingAll Drug Charges, Including Possession, PWISD, Sale & Delivery, Paraphernalia, and Drug TraffickingShoplifting/LarcenyDomestic Violence & Assault Driver’s license problemsDMV hearings Expungements of Criminal RecordsAll other criminal, traffic, or driver’s license matters


John E. Fitzgerald
114 S. Spruce St.
Winston Salem, NC, 27101
John E. Fitzgerald, Attorney at Law
114 S. Spruce St.
Winston Salem, NC, 27101
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Posted by Stephanie | February 28, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Legal case
John is one of the most honest folks I met. He is also one of the most compassionate. In a Lego case for 18 months with John as our attorney, he walked with us every step of the way. He kept us updated, informed and most of all took time to listen and honestly defend us. Even with media and others saying things, John always looked and formed his own opinion, based on the case and never judged us… hands down the only attorney I will ever refer someone to or use…
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Posted by Leigh | June 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best traffic lawyer in Winston Salem
John Fitzgerald was able to accomplish a task we presented him with that no other law firm in town would even touch. He was honest with us when he presented us with all options that were available to us when addressing a very lengthy and complex history of traffic violations. His professionalism in relation to timliness and follow-up was A+. He has always produced outcomes exactly as he had presented, in this situation as well as others. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him as your lawyer!
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Posted by Frank | July 13, 2011
Excellent, I always recommend John.
I have known John for over 7 years now, and he and his staff are the only ones i trust when i need legal advise/service. Any time i have needed their services, or had a friend or family member to refer, they have taken the best care of us and kept us informed the whole way. Anytime I hear of someone that got a speeding ticket etc, I always tell them to give John a call!
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Posted by Billy | July 7, 2011
An incredible attorney...
I first used John's expertise around 7 years ago when I received my first speeding ticket. Since then, John has been in my corner anytime that I need legal counsel or representation. Highly, highly, highly recommended!
Posted by Vicki | April 29, 2010
Efficiency & Effectiveness
Over the past 9 yrs I have had to enlist John's services at least 5 times for my sons. He has always shown us great personal attention for each case and remained a professional in all aspects. He looks out for the best interst of his clients and we have always been pleased with the outcomes.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • John E. Fitzgerald, Attorney at Law
  • 1993 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Larry L. Eubanks
  • 1993 - 2000


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Wake Forest University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
  • East Lansing High School, East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1983


  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2010 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Criminal Law Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2008 - Present
  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to refer a number of my clients to John for issues in his jurisdiction. He handled every matter in a prompt and professional manner and obtained excellent results without exception. I highly recommend him."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with John and his staff on a matter involving numerous speeding/traffic tickets for a client. John was always courteous and promptly helped my client out, getting great results. I'd definitely work with this attorney again. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a great attorney, who listens to his clients and works to get the best possible results for them. He's highly knowledgeable, and has even helped me figure out a few difficult problems in my own cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and compassion to the law. His reputation among his peers is excellent and he represents his clients zealously and thoughtfully."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One reason John does such excellent criminal defense work is because he knows the criminal legal system so well. He can see down the chess board, and knows how the puzzle pieces link together. He has an excellent understanding of criminal law, having devoting his professional career to this one area. Too often a lawyer with his skills becomes aloof, but John is personable and truly cares about his clients and the outcome of their cases."
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Winston Salem DUI and DWI Lawyer John E. Fitzgerald
John E. Fitzgerald
DUI and DWI Attorney
Winston Salem, NC
Licensed for 33 years