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Christopher A. Connelly

About me

Since 1995, Chris Connelly has been certified as a Specialist in State Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Of the thousands of lawyers in the Mecklenburg County Bar, only a handful have received this distinguished certification.  First licensed to practice law in 1987, he has represented thousands of clients in felony and misdemeanor cases - as well as traffic matters - in the Federal and State Courts.

Chris and his wife live downtown in their adopted city of Charlotte.

Chris enjoys travel, Tai Chi and trail riding on his gaited Tennessee Walking Horse named Dustye. Dustye is a sweet tempered, playful, noble-hearted buckskin who loves to give rides to kids. 

Rounding out the family is the office mascot and part time employee Sir Winston Churchill Connelly, a red Labradoodle. He is doted upon by staff and clients alike, stealing their hearts with his sweet disposition.



(While I am honored by the loyalty and enthusiastic testimonials of clients, please remember that each case is different and must be evaluated on its own merits.  Prior results do not gaurentee a similar outcome in the future.)


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 26%
    28 years, 7.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    28 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 24%
    28 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. White Collar Crime: 15%
    28 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  5. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    28 years, 7.5 thousand cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

22 total 

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  • Howard Winfred Long II

    Chris is a great lawyer and I highly endorse him.


    Howard Long Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    Mr C and I worked together for a client on a very tough license restoration matter. Mr C handled the old Mecklenburg County cases and I did the remaining cases in my part of the state. Together we resolved the client's problems so our client was able to drive legally after. 20 + years of license suspension. I'd happily refer clients to Mr Connelly for serious criminal charges and for garden-variety misdemeanors as well.


    Mary Mendini DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly

101 N. McDowell St.
Suite 104
Charlotte, NC, 28204-2264


NYCurrently registered 198707/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Recertified Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2011
Recertified Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2006
Recertified Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2001
Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Christopher A. Connelly1997 - Present
Criminal AttorneyLaw Office of Paul H. Kaplan1994 - 1997
Assistant Public DefenderMecklenburg County Public Defender - Drug Court1993 - 1994
Special Assistant District AttorneySuffolk County DA's Office (working out of Southampton Town Attorneys Office)1992 - 1992
Trial AttorneySuffolk County Legal Aid1988 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Charlotte Rotary ClubAttorney Member2012 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseAttorney Member2009 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit BarMember1997 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina BarMember1995 - Present
Mecklenburg County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1993 - Present
Mecklenburg County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina BarMember1993 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeAttorney Member1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York BarMember1992 - Present
Big Brothers Big Sisters of CharlotteVolunteer2005 - 2010
Charlotte JayceesLegal Counsel1994 - 1998
Charlotte JayceesMember1993 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State vs. ABDWI Case dismissed
State vs. KPDWI Case dismissed
State vs JSDWI Case dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Suffolk County Bar AssociationBad Days.... (DWI cases)N/A
Public Information BrochureWhat You Should Know About Concealed Handgun PermitsN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationCross Examination of WitnessesN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationGetting out of Jail FreeN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationSufficiency of Charging DocumentsN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationAreas of Cross Examination in DWI TrialsN/A
Suffolk County Bar AssociationDriving While Impaired by DrugsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/ATrial Advocacy Clinic1993
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Fordham University School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYPD 10-13 Charlotte Monthly MeetingLaw of Self Defense2012
Charlotte Rifle & Pistol Club-Special MeetingLethal Force Presentation2012
Mecklenburg County Bar Association CLESexually Related Offenses2010