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James Prescott Little

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

4.4   5 reviews
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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Mr. Little litigates matters including, but not limited to, DWI, probation violations, assault, domestic violence, sex offenses, fraud, traffic offenses, and other felony and misdemeanor allegations.

  2. DUI and DWI
    Mr. Little litigates DWI matters from all parts of Wake County, including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Garner, and the NC State Campus area.

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Mr. Little handles all DMV related charges and can protect your driving record from increased insurance premiums.

  4. Domestic violence
    Mr. Little is adept at his defense in all criminal domestic matters.

James is a Wake County criminal defense attorney with extensive experience defending against driving while impaired charges, traffic violations, probation violations, drug offenses, and a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor allegations.  He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and North Carolina Central University School of Law. While in law school, James served as President of the Student Bar Association and was a Senior Board Member of the Moot Court Board. In 2007, he was awarded the Floyd B. McKissick Award for Leadership and Scholarship at the school. He graduated from law school cum laude.

James has practiced in Wake County since 2007 and served with the Office of the Public Defender until 2011. During that time, James defended clients in Superior and District Court, and served as the office’s primary probation violation defense attorney from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, James joined Hatch, Little & Bunn’s Criminal Litigation Section where he zealously represents clients against criminal charges including DWI, probation violations, sex offenses, domestic violence, assault, fraud, traffic offenses, and other felony and misdemeanor allegations.

While James does not know of any ancestral ties between him and founding partner James C. Little, for which the firm is named, James is proud to be a member of the Hatch, Little and Bunn “family.”

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4.4 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Candice Johnson | September 21, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Will be hiring Mr. Little
I consulted with Mr Little about taking my son case and he has been nothing but fourth coming and caring.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
No Better Choice!
Mr. Little and his office assisted me with a DUI case and to be honest, they handled my case with professionalism, care, and kindness. It was a scary thing to be a young professional and facing the consequences of a poor decision, but their office assured me that everything would be fine and that life would continue. While my case did not have the outcome that I would have desired, it had the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Mr. Little and his team advocated for me, guided me, and provided me with all of the steps that I needed to follow. In addition, their response time was speedy, and I would absolutely trust them with any case that I may ever encounter in the future -- though I am avoiding this sort of trouble at all costs! I would refer them to any of my closest friends -- and undoubtedly any person in the area seeking legal representation.
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Posted by Jessie | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
above and beyond
Mr little is by far the best attorney I have ever hired by far, I am no angel I have made mistakes in my life and needed a lawyer times. Most didn't seem to really care and others were good but none could ever compare to Mr little not only is he wonderful at what he does but he is a good man who cares about his clients. Mr little did things for me that I didn't really think could be done in my case and I am ever so grateful for him, I hope I never need his services again but if I did he is the only person I would hire.
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Posted by sandy | January 31, 2014
excellent attorney
I met with Mr. Little and Ms. Davis regarding a criminal case recently. i was very impressed with their kindness, knowledge, and over all sincerity of my situation. i felt very confident and relieved when i left their office regarding my case. Mr. Little was also helpful in another case that i have as well.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
He is not a litigator. He will negotiate a plea bargain.
From experience, not someone I would recommend. The law firm does not fight for your rights but rather prefers to process another client and move to the next. Even if you have enough evidence to present a strong case that a good litigator would push forward with confidence, he prefers to take the plea bargain and probably leave you in a worse position going forward even though you committed no crime.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate
  • Hatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P.
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Wake County Public Defender
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Summer Clerk
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Wake Forest University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Peed, Wake County 13CRS210475
  • Reversed in favor of Defendant
  • State v. Freeman
  • Vacated on Appeal - Unpublished Opinion


  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Invitation
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer, State of North Carolina
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Best of the Triangle 2017 - Attorney
  • INDY Week
  • 2017
  • Top 100 DWI Attorney in North Carolina
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC
  • 2016
  • North Carolina Defender Trial School Certification
  • UNC School of Government
  • 2010
  • Parent Defender Training Certification
  • UNC School of Government
  • 2010
  • Felony Defender Training Certification
  • UNC School of Government
  • 2009
  • Floyd B. McKissick Award
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • 2007
  • ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership Award
  • American Law Institute & American Bar Association
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2008 NCATL Conference, Sea Trial, NC
  • Criminal Law: Case & Legislative Update
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (16)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James is an exceptional lawyer who works hard for his clients in getting the best possible outcome in difficult cases. Without question I would recommend those charged with criminal offenses to James."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is an excellent attorney with a flawless reputation. Everyone knows that he will be overly prepared, considerate, and even keeled. His time as a public defender gives him a unique perspective that can only benefit his current clients. I whole heartedly endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I first got to know James when he was an Assistant Public Defender for Wake County. He cares for his clients and gets results. You're in good hands with James."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James was one of the best Public Defenders in Wake County before joining the private sector. He continues to be one of the best choices someone facing criminal charges can make. I don't hesitate at all to refer cases to James."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Little and I worked together on a case and I was highly impressed with his work. He was knowledgeable about the law and worked hard for his client. I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James has handled a variety of criminal cases and puts all of his energy into every case. As a former public defender he has dealt with almost every issue that might arise and he is completely efficient in his representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred clients to James when I could not take their cases. Is there any higher endorsement an attorney can give to another attorney? James is thoughtful and careful and a wonderful criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is outstanding. He is aggressive in his defense of his clients. I've relied upon James for advice on complicated issues. He is a trusted attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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