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Katy Strait Chavez

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

3.7   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    21 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Immigration

    21 years, 900 cases


Katy Strait Chavez
2720 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC, 27601

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3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Katy is the best choice we took for out case she takes time to explain the process of everything she does
Posted by anonymous | July 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very impressive services!
I must say that I was very impressed with Katy's professionalism and passion in handling my case, which turned out successfuly. I was referred to her by one of her previous satisfied client who was convinced that she was one of the best around. I was not disappointed. I was impressed with her empathy that instigated her to go beyond the financial boundaries of her contract with us to guide us through our immigration protocols. I would gladly recommend Kathy for anyone in search of an immigration attorney. Indeed her thriving reputation precedes her!
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Posted by Melissa R | May 13, 2014
Wish I would of know her sooner!!
Being that I live in Southern California, I was hesitant to hire Katy Chavez as our immigration attorney. We had already a different immigration case, my husband and I through a different immigration attorney in Los Angeles. When the new DACA process was announced we were going to to our LA lawyer, the fact that they really were charging outrages prices for this new process and also it wasn't just for me, but for my husband and I, it was going to cost and arm and a leg. This made me go online and do some new lawyer search. I found Katy Chavez online and when I contacted her she was really helpful, honest and didn't promise the world to me. Which many scam lawyers do. The fact that she was on the other side of the states of course made us nervous, but we decided to bite the bullet and hire her. She took care of our cases and corresponded within 24 hours anytime we called her office or emailed her. Her staff was very knowledgable and professional. I always recommend her anytime family or friends ask me about any legal cases. I say give her a call if your out of state or make an appointment to consult with her. Plus her prices are totally fair!
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Posted by Juan | May 13, 2014
Very Professional, Fast and Very Knowledable
We hired Katy for our provisional waiver in January 2014. She is very knowledable, explained in detail what all was needed from us and how the whole process works. Kept us informed at all times and completed the waiver packed much sooner than we expected. I definitely recommend her to any friends and family.
Posted by Pranay | July 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Worst Law firm I have ever used!!!
Unfortunately, me and my wife did not have the best experience with Katy or her law firm. I would suggest if you were looking for an immigration lawyer to look elsewhere before obtaining her services. We made countless phone calls and sent emails with no response for weeks. Both Katy and her staff were very unprofessional and unorganized. She may decide to drop you as clients like she did to us if you ask her too many questions and want updates on your cases. Please do not waste your time and money with this law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2015
Chaotic and a bit rude
I contacted Katy for an immigration issue because her rates seemed the most reasonable. All I can say is, you get what you pay for. I never felt like I could get a straight answer on any of my questions, and when she did respond, she was very rude. I even went into the office, which is in a strip mall, to pick up paperwork, and it was chaos in there. I never saw Katy, and the girls at the desk seemed overwhelmed and just did internet searches to try to help me. I chose to go with another lawyer who immediately impressed me with responsiveness to my questions and a real contract to work with her. The most amazing part is that her rates are comparable.
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Response from Katy Chavez January 28, 2015
I admit that I have been returning some of my requests for free consultations a few days late. I have been exceptionally busy since the Executive Orders. My staff has been advising prospective clients that it may be a few business days before I can get to their call. I am in the process of hiring an associate so that I can focus on the more complex issues, and the casework. Hopefully we will soon be able to again provide our free consultations within a day or two. I have been responding to all emails within a day during this time. As for "getting a straight answer", I do my very best to provide concise and clear answers to whatever questions I have. Unfortunately there are many times that an answer depends on specific facts of the case, and I need to see important documents to be able to give a good answer. In this particular case it appears that the complaint was that the support staff was not able to provide "answers". The staff is fully aware that it is a violation of the law to give any legal advice, and they are not able to answer questions about eligibility, etc. If I was to guess about the "Internet searches" referred to above, I believe that it refers to accessing the free information that we offer from our database to prospective clients. We are a busy practice. Sometimes there are several clients in the office at once. Sometimes there are no clients. We always have at least two front office workers to receive clients. It is unavoidable that there are some times that are busier than other. I offer high quality work, and a great deal of knowledge and experience in these areas, at a very low price. There are clients that prefer to experience a swankier office, and more one an one time with the attorney, instead. I am happy to refer people to my colleagues that offer this type of environment. There are many new attorneys that do not yet have much work in court and can often receive prospective clients without an appointment. I know several of them and they will do a great job on your case. What they lack in experience they more than make up for in dedication. I often answer questions that they may have. They typically have to charge more because they have less volume. In general the more established attorneys charge more and may not be able to offer a consultation for weeks. We offer high quality work product in a short time at a very low price. This is important for many of my clients who would not otherwise be able to afford an attorney at all. It is important to me to help people. I will continue to offer free consultations. I do need to serve my current clients first, however, since they are the ones that I owe a duty to. I am very disappointed that we did not please "Client". I truly try to do my best to help everyone that I can in the most efficient manner possible. It appears that my firm was not a good match for them. Even so, I am sad that we did not make a good impression. I do disagree, however, that I lack knowledge or trustworthiness. I feel that I am exceptional in both measures. I feel confident that any client that has actually hired me would concur with that.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Katy Chavez, Attorney at Law
  • 2003 - Present


  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 601 Waiver Approvals
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Past Chair
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Compassionate and experienced representation of her clients. Katy is very knowledgeable and provides excellent legal representation. She is also very versed on the immigration issues surrounding criminal convictions. ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Katy for many years and have always seen her in court offering the highest quality service to her clients. Katy is unfailingly polite, always friendly, very organized and has blown me away with her ability to communicate legal concepts fluently and understandably with all her clients, whether they are native speakers of English or those whose primary language is Spanish. ."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I refer Katy all my clients with immigration questions. I practice traffic and criminal defense law and Katy does the same. If I need assistance in her county, I ask for her help. Katy responds quickly, does great work and cares for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katy is dedicated to her work and is organized and thorough in her representation of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and refer immigration cases to her. She is also a strong advocate in criminal law."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Katy is a fighter. She does very well by her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Katy. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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