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Philip Joseph Clarke III

Criminal defense Attorney at Morehead City, NC

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Philip Clarke, Phillip Clark

  • Licensed for 23 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Felonies and Misdemeanors in the state trial courts of North Carolina.

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    All offenses in state courts of NC

    23 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    All offenses in state courts of NC

    24 years

I began practicing law when I graduated from law school and got a law license in August of 2000.  I hung up my shingle and opened a solo law office, intending that my practice would be in the trial courts -- trying cases for individual persons.  I have been trying cases and representing people charged with  serious criminal offenses for over 20 years, and have tried dozens of ciminal cases before juries, with charges ranging from misdemeanor appeals to capital murder. I began to focus exclusively on criminal cases in 2011. Jury trials are unique and challenging.  There are always valuable things to be learned from every trial, whatever the outcome. There is a saying, usually applied to warfare or other adversarial situations, that "no plan survives contact with the enemy". Maybe with jury trials the more apt saying might be, "no plan matters if the jury doesn't get it,like it, etc."  But the state prosecutor, inspite of many other built-in advantages (like having the first and last word if the defendant puts on evidence) potentially has that same problem with a jury. So the greatest opportunity (maybe the only opportunity) for an accused person to make a decision to take an action that may result in the preservation of their liberty, may be their right to demand a jury trial.    

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Clarke & Newman, PLLC


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Posted by Elizabeth | September 24, 2018
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Patty Philip Clark
In 2014 I was falsely accused of a pretty serious crime and attorney Philip Clark representing me in that case he was my public defender he believed in me from the very beginning he put up with my long long taxes in my many many many long writings that I wrote everything and complete detail that I could possibly remember about each and everything date time and says his pictures everything he was patient with me he went above and beyond the Call of Duty he is the most outstanding conscientious god-loving people loving honest attorney that you will ever find in fact I don't think you could search the world over and find one any better than him when it comes to honesty and getting the job done. Hey does not bow down to intimidation of other attorneys he is not part of the good old boys although he gets along with everyone he has class he loves animals that tells me a lot about him and I would recommend him to anyone for representation whether you're paying him to be your attorney or whether he has a public defender and the state is paying him Philip Clark will give you the same heart and soul whether he is a public defender or you or privately paying him again I want to thank you attorney Philip Clark for their my draw of the luck of getting you for my attorney in my life today is awesome because of you thank you Elizabeth Loftin 910 581 6959 P.S. please give me a call as soon as possible I have something I want your professional advice on thank you very much Martha Elizabeth Loftin Hunter ( and I've got to add to the bottom that there is some corruption in the car at County Clerk of Court it would not be there if Craig Lewis was still the clerk of court false information that was turned in on the case that I was found not guilty of all charges ) THAT NEEDS TO BE SQUASHED LIKE A BUG .
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Posted by Todd | March 20, 2014
Keeps His Word
Mr. Clarke was very professional. He was blunt, honest and went a step futher then most attorneys do. The best part of Mr. Clarke is he keeps his word when he says he will do the right thing.


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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Clarke & Newman, PLLC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Philip J. Clarke, III Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Clarke and Hewlett, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Philip J. Clarke, Attorney at Law
  • 2000 - 2006
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  • Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Alliance Defense Fund
  • Attorney
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
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"Philip Clarke is a skilled attorney with a strong work ethic. He fights for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 14
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"With insightful intellect and a contagious happy demeanor, this attorney always puts his best argument forward on behalf of his clients."
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Morehead City Criminal defense Lawyer Philip Joseph Clarke III
Philip Joseph Clarke III
Criminal defense Attorney
Morehead City, NC
Licensed for 23 years