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Damon John Chetson

also known as The Chetson Firm

About me

Damon Chetson is a criminal lawyer in Raleigh who helps people charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, and drunk driving (DWI) charges in Raleigh, Cary, Apex and other parts of Wake County and the Research Triangle. He represents people charged in both the state and federal courts in North Carolina.


Mr. Chetson is an aggressive lawyer who, in a previous career, was a Vice President of a leading think tank and public policy organization that advised politicians and legislators about legal, economic, and financial policies.


He lives in suburban Raleigh with his wife, their two horses, and four dogs.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Federal Crime: 20%
  4. Violent Crime: 10%
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

21 total 

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  • Daniel Micah Blau

    Damon and I have been colleagues in the Wake County defense bar for many years, and I can saw without reservation that he is an excellent attorney. His broad knowledge of state and federal law is impressive, and he works very hard to get the best possible results for his clients. If I had a friend who were in trouble, I would certainly recommend Damon to them.


    Daniel Blau Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Elliot Sol Abrams

    Damon is an extremely talented, intelligent and dedicated criminal defense lawyer. I endorse him wholeheartedly and without reservation for all criminal defense matters in both state and federal court.


    Elliot Abrams White collar crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Chetson Hiltzheimer, PLLC

19 W. Hargett Street
Suite 920
NC, NC, 27601


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Graduate Studies GrantSmith Richardson Foundation1998
Graduated with honorsUniversity of Pennsylvania1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense and DWI LawyerThe Chetson Firm, PLLC2009 - Present
Felony Law ClerkWake County Public Defender2007 - 2009
Vice PresidentThe Goldwater Institute2004 - 2006
Project ManagerInstitute for Humane Studies/Mercatus Center1997 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2012 - Present
Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial LawyersMember2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Wake County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. BBDismissal
State v. ASHung Jury and Dismissal
State v. JMDismissal
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
University of Virginia School of LawHistoryMA - Masters1996
University of PennsylvaniaHistoryBA1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law School Panel - UNC-Chapel HillFinding a Legal Job2010
Oliver Wendell Holmes’ LiberalismLegal Theory of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes2008
Law and the Spontaneous Order in F.A. FayekThe Constitutional Theory of Friedrich Hayek2002