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Joel Grant Hancock Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Beaufort, NC

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All Misdemeanors and Felonies

  2. DUI and DWI

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    Speeding, DWLR, NOL, DWI, Reckless Driving

Joel Hancock is a native of Carteret County, NC. He was born and raised on Harkers Island by Susan and Joel Hancock, Sr. He has four older sisters, Emily, Joella, Alyson, and Leah; and a little brother, Mike. 


On the first day of school at East Carteret High School in Beaufort, NC, Joel sat beside Lauren Sechler in Ms. Gillikin’s Art I class. After 10 years of dating, Joel and Lauren were married in 2008. They had both just graduated from East Carolina University, where Lauren was a cheerleader for the Pirates and where Joel finished first in his class with a degree in Economics.


Joel and Lauren’s first baby boy, Calvin (or “Cal-boy,” as they call him) was born in 2011 during Joel’s final year of law school at The Penn State Dickinson School of Law. As an infant, Cal-boy went to class with Joel and stole kisses from Joel’s classmates.


After graduating law school and passing the Pennsylvania Bar, Joel, Lauren and Calvin moved back to Harkers Island where Joel hung drywall and studied for the North Carolina Bar. In May of 2013, Joel was sworn in as an Attorney and Counselor at Law in Carteret County District Court by the Honorable Peter Mack. A special guest in attendance that day was Oliver (“Ollie”), Joel and Lauren’s second baby boy, who was just one week old.


In September of 2015 as Joel was in court defending clients, he received a text from Lauren: She was in labor. A few hours later, the couple’s third baby boy, Levi, was born at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City, NC.


In May of 2018, after five years of representing thousands of clients charged with everything from simple seat belt tickets to serious felonies, Joel opened Hancock Law Firm in Beaufort, NC, so he could devote 100% of his time at work to providing elite representation to his clients, and devote 100% of his time away from work to his family and friends.


When Joel isn’t in the courtroom or meeting clients face-to-face, he prefers to be watching UFC fights with Lauren, fishing with his boys, hunting with his friends, training jiu-jitsu, or grilling at his home for whomever wants to come by for dinner.


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601A Cedar St
Beaufort, NC, 28516


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Posted by Dane | August 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
To be Trusted
I was living out of state and needed a previous case handled. I was nervous to just send money to a lawyer on the other coast of America. However Mr Hancock came through and provided me with exactly the result we agreed upon. Staff was responsive and helpful while buttoning up the case. Money well spent!
Posted by Lauren | March 25, 2015
Great Attorney, Great Results
Joel has helped me and my family members on numerous occasions with various traffic tickets. I owe my driving record to him. He always knows what is best.
Posted by Charlie | March 18, 2015
Willing to go the extra mile for you!
Joel is an extremely personable lawyer who takes genuine interest in your case. When handling my case, Joel made it obvious that he cared about my situation. More importantly, he made it clear that he could handle it. For that, I give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
Thoughtful and Professional
I highly recommend Joel Hancock as a thoughtful and professional attorney who is willing to do whatever is needed to help his clients resolve the issues they are facing. With Joel, you will never feel like just another client, rather you will feel like he is there for you as your personal advocate.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
Joel Hancock
Joel is very professional and passionate about what he does. It's reassuring to see he truly cares about his clients and his profession. I would recommend him without reservation.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2015
Great service
My sister was recently in need of a lawyer to help her tackle a legal situation. I contacted my sister with Mr. Hancock's contact information, and she heard from him within an hour. He was able to assist her and she was so grateful for his help and courtesy during the legal process.
Posted by Emily | March 18, 2015
Professional and Personable
Mr. Hancock is both professional and personable. He is dedicated to his clients and is an advocate for justice. He is not only a knowledgable attorney, but also a trustworthy and honest man. I feel fully confident is his abilities and am happy to have him as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2015
Good job Joel
Joel did an amazing job representing me in court. He was extremely professional and kept me informed throughout. Hiring him gave me the peice of mind I needed in regards to my case. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Sara | February 19, 2015
Speeding Ticket
Mr. Hancock handled my speeding ticket to where my insurance rates did not increase and I did not receive any points on my license. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2015
Traffic Ticket
I would highly recommend Joel Hancock. I was very cautious in my choosing of an attorney to deal with my traffic ticket. Joel took his time explaining my options and the best way to deal with my particular situation. He was very patient and answered all of my questions. I also greatly appreciated the professionalism used. I had the best possible outcome for my case and would recommend Joel Hancock to anyone.
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Posted by Zach | December 18, 2013
Great Lawyer
I would recommend Joel Hancock to any of my family/friends. He is very professional and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Got my charges dismissed and I couldn't be happier.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2013
Speeding Ticket
He was great. He got me out of a speeding ticket. He was always easy to get in touch with and kept me very well informed on what was going on with my case. I would definitely use him again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Joel Hancock, Attorney At Law
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Research Assistant of Professor Marco Ventoruzzo
  • The Dickinson School Of Law Of The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Clinton County, PA District Attorney's Office
  • 2010 - 2011


  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • East Carolina University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • State v. E.A., Resisting Public Officer, Assault and Battery
  • Dismissed
  • State v. B.W., 1st Degree Trespass
  • Dismissed
  • State v. B.N., Injury to Personal Property
  • Trial: Not Guilty
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  • 4th Judicial District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Carteret County Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • 3-B District Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • 3B Judicial Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • 3B Judicial Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2017 - 2018
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society - Penn State Chapter
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • American Constitution Society - Penn State Chapter
  • Outreach Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Graduate in Economics
  • East Carolina University Student Government Association
  • 2008
  • Top Rising Graduate Student
  • East Carolina University Department of Economics
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals and Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Searches & Seizures in North Carolina
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (9)
Endorse Joel
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Friend
"Joel Hancock is dependable, intelligent, and hardworking. He will go the extra mile to meet your needs and provide a vigorous defense. He’s a great attorney, and a better person, and the exact person you want in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is a Carteret County native and has a reputation as being both capable and conscientious. I highly recommend his services in the area of traffic law and criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel is a Beaufort native and we are always fortunate when locals choose to make Carteret County their professional home. Joel is a most solid and competent lawyer and I would not hesitate to refer clients to him and or use him for my family should the need arise."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel has a great reputation as a strong advocate and skilled lawyer. I give him my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Joel has just the right blend of legal ability and street smarts. His clients are raving fans because they appreciate the effort he gives their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Other
"Joel embodies what anyone facing criminal charges--small or large--wants in an attorney. He is a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate for his clients. He is skilled in trying to work out the best possible outcome--whether through a plea or through trial. As an attorney, I have no hesitation of referring a client to Joel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Friend
"Joel is a intelligent individual and a zealous attorney. If I were in need of an attorney specializing in one of his several practice areas, I would fully trust him to handle my case. Furthermore, as a scholar, Joel provided valuable insight into my most recent legal publication."
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