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I commit my practice to one area: criminal defense. From traffic offenses such as driving while impaired to serious felonies, including homicides. I have defended thousands of clients and in each and every case understood and appreciated the importance and responsibility to each client. I'm committed to ensuring that the client achieves the best possible outcome.

I am the only lawyer in Carteret County certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in State Criminal law. In 2010, my peers recognized my expertise in the field of Criminal Law and included me in the Legal Elite in Business North Carolina Magazine.

I began my career as an assistant district attorney in Carteret County and for the first five years prosecuted the vast majority of both felony jury trials and misdemeanor trials in Carteret County

I am licensed to practice before the North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the United States Supreme Court.

I grew up in New Bern, North Carolina, graduated with a degree in business from Wake Forest University in 1987, cum laude, and received my law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992. I am a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense Section, 3B Judicial District Bar and has served as its president, Carteret County Bar Association, Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court, and Lookout Rotary Club.

Board Certified by the North Carolina State Bar's Board of Legal Specialization

I enjoy surfing, hiking, coaching and traveling with my family.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    19 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    19 years
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    19 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Wesley A. Collins

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim Lupton in an excellent criminal defense attorney. He receives my highest marks.


    Wesley Collins Litigation Attorney
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  • J. Jefferson Newton

    I first met Jim when he was a very competent Assistant District Attorney in this judicial district. Upon leaving the District Attorney's office, Jim quickly demonstrated that he is a master at criminal defense as well. Jim is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, and I do not hesitate to refer criminal and traffic cases to him, and I will continue to do so in the future. I wholeheartedly endorse Jim.


    J. Newton Workers compensation Attorney
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Contact info

Wheatly, Wheatly, Weeks, Lupton & Massie, PA

710 Cedar Street
Beaufort, NC, 28516-0360


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite for Excellence in Criminal DefenseBusiness North Carolina2010
Board Certified Specialist - State Criminal LawNorth Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWheatly, Wheatly, Weeks, Lupton & Massie, P.A.1997 - 2014
ProsecutorDistrict Attorney's Office, 3B Prosecutorial District, Beaufort, NC1992 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eastern North Carolina Inn of CourtN/A2004 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeCriminal Defense Section1997 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Criminal Defense SectionN/A1997 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionN/A1997 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
Carteret County Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
3B Judicial Bar AssociationPast President1992 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Wake Forest University School of LawBusiness and AccountancyBS - Bachelor of Science1987