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James Robert Cummings

About me

For the last 10 years I have only practiced criminal law in Carteret County, N.C.  During that time I have handled over a thousand DWI's and thousands and thousands of other types of criminal cases for ally types of clients.  I only handle criminal law cases because I truly believe it allows me to give the best representation to my clients.  If you a friend or a loved one needs a criminal attorney in Carteret County, N.C. give us a call and Cummings and Kennedy.  We are experienced, local and trusted by our client's when it matters most.  



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    12 years, 4 thousand cases
  2. Speeding Ticket: 25%
    7 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    12 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew James Davenport

    I have known Jim Cummings as an effective lawyer for many years, all the way back to when I was a prosecutor. Beyond being well-liked and respected in the courthouse and the entire community, Jim goes the extra mile for every client, and always gets the best result. I recommend him highly.


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  • Ladd S. Gasparovic

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known James Cummings since our years together at Campbell Law School. James was top of the class in law school, and I've watched his career closely as he has become one of the most prominent and well respected attorneys in his areas of practice in Eastern North Carolina. I highly recommend James for any legal matter.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 DWI Lawyer in North CarolinaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2016
Top 100 Criminal DefenseNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in North CarolinaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Client Satisfaction AwardAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
Top 100 DWI Lawyer in North CarolinaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2015
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer in North CarolinaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Client Award RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyerAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 DWI Attorney in North CarolinaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Cum LaudeCampbell University2001
Order of KivettCampbell University2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCummings and Kennedy2009 - Present
AttorneyCrowe and Cummings PLLC2006 - 2009
Associate AttorneyWard and Smith, PA2001 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeCriminal Law Section2010 - Present
Seashore Soccer LeagueCoach2009 - Present
N.C, Advocates for Justice-DWI SecionMember2009 - Present
Brandt Animal FundPresident2008 - Present
N.C. Advocates for JusticeMember2005 - Present
Eastern North Carolina Inn of CourtMember2002 - Present
3-B Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Carteret County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
N.C. Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Morehead City Little LeagueCoach2011 - 2014
Upward BasketballCoach2010 - 2015
N.C. Seafood FestivalPast Chairmen2002 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. S.P.Plead to Lesser Charge
State v. K.F.Not Guilty
State v. L.P.Dismissal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Encattorneys Blog PostWill I be Read My Rights if Arrested in North Carolina2015 blog postWill An Old Ticket Cause Me To Lose My License?2015 Blog PostCAN I STILL CALL MY SPOUSE IF A RESTRAINING ORDER IS IN PLACE?2015 Blog PostHOW TO DEFEND DRUG CHARGES2015 blog postWhy Your Field Sobriety Test May Not Have Been Accurate2014 Blog PostPossible Problems with DWI Breath Test2014 Blog PostIS A FIELD SOBRIETY TEST ACCURATE?2014
Crystal Coast Parent MagazineFather Knows Best2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillIndustrial RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Paralegal Program Criminal Justice ClassSearch and Seizure and the 4th Amendment2015
Youth GroupHow to Handle Your Speeding Ticket2014
MHC Youth GroupHot Topics in the Law2010
Weekly MeetingHelpful Hints in Criminal Law2009