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William F. Finn Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    As a prosecutor in Wake County I was the head of the domestic violence unit, the misdemeanor appeals unit and ultimately prosecuted felony cases. Having looked at the issues from both sides it gives me a perspective that you can't get anywhere else. In my 13 years of private practice I have obtained not guilty verdicts on drug trafficking and domestic violence and successfully suppressed evidence and obtained dismissals in numerous felony cases of all types.

    25 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    As a prosecutor I literally co- authored the 1st addition of the North Carolina Prosecutors Guide to Prosecuting DWI's. I have taught continuing education classes to other attorney's, lectured at laws schools, been called to appear before the Gov. task force on impaired driving and been nationally certified to administer the same field sobriety tests that officers give.

    25 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Traffic tickets are primarily about 2 things, keeping or obtain a valid license and keeping insurance from increasing. With competitive prices and a proven track record of over 15 years in only 1 county its worth your time to call. If its easy and straight forward I will often tell you how you can handle a ticket yourself.

    25 years

If the police have spoken to you, you need to speak to me.  Former Wake County Felony Prosecutor.  Tough, dedicatated and available at for a free same day consulation.  Call me and lets talk about your case and let my 16 years of experience help you. 


Let me walk with you through your criminal case. Whether its a drug charge, DWI, assault or domestic violence charge with my knowledge of the law and the relevant statutes I may be able to help you avoid a conviction or reduce your penalty and avoid supervised probation.  If your case is dismissed or you are found not guilty we may be able to expunge your record and we never charge additionally for that service. 


If driving is the issue we can walk through your drivning record and in most cases I can tell you what steps need to be taken to get you back on the road.


As a misdemeanor prosecutor I was assigned to oversee the domestic violence unit and misdemeanor appeals.  Upon my promotion to a felony prosecutor I tried numerous case including murder and armed robbery.


I left the Wake County District Attorney's Office over 12 years ago and I have concentrated my practice to just Wake County to be able to give my clients the best possible representation.


I have over 15 years of experience of handling criminal case in Wake County and chances are I have successfully dealt with a case similar to yours.

Unlike many local firms I dont spread myself thin by constantly commuting to surrounding counties.  All of my time is spent in Wake County handling Wake County cases.


You can also be rest assured that your case will never be handed off to an associate or less experienced attorney.  Too often the attorney you meet with is not the one who shows up in court, that never happens at Sandman Finn and Fitzhugh, you get the attorney you hired. 


Personally I recently celebrated my 20 year wedding anniversary and I am the proud parent of two children.  In my spare time I have run 5 full marathons and 12 1/2 marathons and two Tough Mudders.  I have been a member of the crossift community for close to 4 years and chances are I have finised my workout before most other  attorneys have gotten out of bed.


Your case is important and you need someone who will take on your case the same way they attack every day.  Call me at for a free consultation and lets take a few minutes to take about your case.

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Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh
7101 Creedmoor Road
Suite 122
Raleigh, NC, 27613

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Posted by Courtney | October 28, 2020
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Excellent Service
I contacted Mr Finn after I was charged with a DUI, I did not know what to expect but Mr Finn went through my case from top to bottom and was very honest and professional about the entire situation. The end result was Not Guilty. He is the Best and will fight for you all the way.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
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Mr. Finn put me at ease in a nightmare situation
I contacted Mr. Finn after I was arrested for a DWI and didn't know what to expect. He was prompt and courteous from the moment I scheduled the initial consultation. After the initial consultation, Mr. Finn helped me with the tentative next steps (getting my license back, ADETS, community service, etc.), and once we got the video of the incident from the police, he was able to corroborate my story and formulate his case and get the charge dismissed. It is clear he really knows his stuff and has a lot of experience with the system. This was one of the most stressful things that has happened to me as an adult, and Mr. Finn put me at ease throughout the year-long ordeal (and also put up with all my questions). I hope I never have to go through anything like this again, but if I do, I'll definitely contact Mr. Finn without hesitation.
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Posted by Stephen Pogoloff | October 11, 2016
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Speeding Ticket Resolved
Mr. Finn handled my speeding ticket quickly and easily. With just a quick phone call with him and then his office and a reasonable fee, my ticket was reduced to improper equipment without even going to court.
Posted by Ed | July 27, 2016
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Outstanding performance
Bill defended me in a DUI case and he took apart the arresting officers field sobriety test step by step. I will without hesitation recommend him to anyone that has a DUI charge. He is outstanding!!!
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2015
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Best in the business
Bill Finn is an exceptional lawyer. He works extremely hard to achieve your desired result. Just recently, we won a case that I thought had no shot. I would certainly recommend Bill Finn to anyone in the triangle. It was a pleasure to work with him and it was incredible to watch him win my case. He understands how to put his client in the best possible situation to achieve the desired result.
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Posted by Daniel | August 6, 2015
Thank you!
Thank you for everything you did for my case. Where my case seemed to be an "Open and Shut" guilty case, Bill listened to the circumstance and developed a plan of attack. His willingness to assist was beyond appreciated!
Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2015
Attorney Representation
First and foremost my recommendation for Attorney William Finn Jr. came from a gentleman that has worked closely with Mr. Finn in the courtroom and fully aware of his knowledge of the law, interactions with the public and court system. Before I met with Finn I was informed of his character and knew that my case would be taken care of in a timely and professional manner. My initial meeting in his office consisted of case data which involved a DUI/ failure to maintain lane. Mr. Finn explained the multiple outcomes with how my case could resolve and with each outcome, the resolve and solution as to what to do next. I never felt uncomfortable about any meeting or conversation. Mr. Finn always treated me with the utmost respect. My entire case from first meeting to court resolve was a total of 14 months. My DUI charge was dismissed but my failure to maintain lane change was not. If there is ever a need for a lawyer either with me (I hope I don't though :) ) or family/ friends Mr. Finn would be my first and only option.
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Posted by Matt | July 16, 2015
Recent DWI charge
I recently had a lengthy, and pretty serious court case for a number of months. After being charged for a DWI, I hired William Finn as my attorney to help me through the legal process. From day one I knew he was going to be personally invested in my case. Not only was he straightforward and honest about the seriousness of my charge, but also in how he was going to help me in any way that he could. He kept me in the loop about what his plan would be so I wasn't ever guessing what would take place on the day we would be in the courtroom. I can assure you that if there ever is a need on my end again for representation, Mr.Finn will be the very first person that I contact from here on out.
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2011
Flavio Almeida
Mr. Finn is an incredible attorney who demonstrates his passion for the law and how proficient he is in his job. I saw him putting the judge in his place at least 4 times in less than 2 hours. You will not go wrong to hire Mr. Finn as your attorney.
Posted by Lisa | November 11, 2009
Excellent attorney
Hire him. He is the best criminal attorney in Raleigh
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sandman Finn and Fitzhugh
  • 2003 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Wake County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Durham County District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2000


  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • North Carolina State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. M.W.
  • case dismissed
  • State v. W.P.
  • Dismissed
  • State v . A.S.
  • case dismissed
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  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National DWI Defense College
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers in North Carolina
  • The Legal Network
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2011
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  • NC Conference of DA's
  • DWI Resource Manual for NC Prosecutors
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Trying a DWI case in Superior Court
  • Blood and breath issues in Superior Court
  • 2016
  • Campbell Law School
  • DWI
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (3)
Endorse William
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bill since I was a young attorney and he was a Raleigh prosecutor, some fifteen years ago, where he not only effectively prosecuted most of the offices DWI cases, but he co-wrote a statewide DA's trial manual. For over a decade now, Bill has employed that advocacy and attention to detail in defending drivers charged with DWI and individuals charged with all types of crimes, from drug sales and white-collar crimes all the way down to speeding tickets. I have attended trial lawyer seminars where he has taught me and many others his own effective defense strategies. Bill will go the extra mile for clients and always gets the best outcome. As a fellow attorney who sees Bill's advocacy, I can't recommend Bill highly enough."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Finn as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in our community. As a former prosecutor with nine years of criminal trial experience, I had the opportunity to work directly with Mr. Finn in both District and Superior Courts. While always focusing on his client’s best interest and working zealously to achieve the best outcome, he consistently maintained a level of professionalism that encouraged not only productive plea negotiations, but also excellent working relationships with prosecutors, judges and all other court personnel. He has earned the respect of his peers and has built a solid reputation for honesty and integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Finn is an excellent attorney. He knows the law very well and utilizes that knowledge to obtain the best possible results for his clients. His reputation for integrity allows for him to negotiate favorable results if the situation calls for it. He is also a fantastic trial attorney when a case can't or shouldn't be negotiated."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is one of the best criminal lawyers in Raleigh. He gets outstanding results for his clients and he does it the right way. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Bill Finn because he is wonderful lawyer and a wonderful person. I've known Bill for many years and have always found him to be a hard worker who zealously represents his clients' interests."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William as a great dui & criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an outstanding lawyer and the person who I refer all of my cases to in Raleigh and the surrounding areas. It is important for me to know that if I refer someone to another lawyer that they will be receiving the best possible legal representation and I know they will with Bill. If you are seeking legal representation you should look no further."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Finn is a strong and skilled advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Finn is the man I refer ever Wake County DWI case to because it is important to this firm that our clients receive the best representation and, in Wake County, there is no one better than Bill Finn. His experience as a prosecutor has made him an amazing advocate for people charged with crimes and we are confident in referring clients to him in every case. There is no reason to look further."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a top notch criminal defense attorney with particular acumen in DWI/DUI defense. Bill and I have worked together as prosecutors and along side each other as defense lawyers for many years. I routinely refer cases to him when I cannot for whatever reason help the individual. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a solid defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His firm has taken exceptional care of the clients I have sent to them in Raleigh."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowing Mr. Finn personally and by reputation for over 22 years, I endorse this lawyer's work. He takes it personal. And for that, I know his clients are eternally grateful."
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