434 Fayetteville St #2030
Raleigh, NC 27601

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Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer

The moment that handcuffs click shut behind you in Wake County, your life is in a delicate balance. Several possibilities await you. You could face charges, be convicted of those charges and face the harshest possible consequences. Or, your charges could be reduced or dismissed, or you could be acquitted and your life could return to normal.

Your choices now will determine the outcome. The best choice you can make is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney dedicated to defending your freedom and who knows the prosecutors, judges, and court procedures in Wake County.

Coolidge Law Firm

A Raleigh criminal defense lawyer from Coolidge Law Firm can represent you on any criminal charge before Wake County courts, from speeding to drug charges to murder. No accusation of breaking law is too small to have a large impact on your life, and no accusation is too major for us to handle. Contact us today at (919) 239-8448 to schedule a free consultation.

At Coolidge Law Firm, we use our broad range of experience and skills to defend your rights and your freedom. Whether your case calls for negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges or diversion, challenging evidence so that your charges are dropped, or arguing to a jury for your acquittal, we zealously represent your rights throughout the criminal process.

We represent clients on state charges in Wake County and federal charges throughout much of North Carolina, including in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Wendell, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and Garner.

Dedicated to Fighting for Justice in Wake County Criminal Courts

Attorney David Coolidge graduated from the Duke University School of Law in the top 5 percent of his class. Most people who graduate from the top of their class from such a prestigious institution opt for the big paychecks of a corporate attorney. David Coolidge, however, had a passion for defending the rights of the accused. 

He founded Coolidge Law Firm to represent the parents, grandparents, students, professionals, workers, retirees and anyone else who finds himself or herself a “defendant” in a Wake County or Federal court. At Coolidge Law Firm, we will work tirelessly to achieve the best result possible for every client.  We have successfully represented clients in situations just like yours and while we cannot guarantee a specific result, we will never stop fighting for you. 

We understand the trust that you give us in defending your rights in Wake County criminal court and we promise that we will be available to you, to answer your calls, address your concerns, nights, weekends, by cell phone, email, or text message.  The criminal justice system does not take holidays, and neither do we when our client’s freedom depends on us.

Skilled Representation in State and Federal Court

A person can face state or federal charges in Wake County. Most criminal accusations are for violations of North Carolina law. If arrested by local police in Raleigh, Cary or another jurisdiction or by Wake County Sheriff’s Deputies, you will most likely be facing state charges.

If accused of state charges, you will have a first appearance in District Court at the Wake County Justice Center.  Following this first appearance, those facing misdemeanors will continue to have their cases resolved in District Court, while those facing felony charges could be bound over to Superior Court. 

Federal charges will be heard in a U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Eastern District has six courthouses, including one in Raleigh. Your attorney will need to be licensed in the Eastern District to represent you. He or she should also be familiar with the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

Attorney David Coolidge represents clients in state District and Superior Courts, as well as in the federal district courts of the Eastern District of North Carolina.  As a licensed federal criminal defense attorney, he can represent you on any federal charges, including drug offenses, fraud, and child pornography charges.

Defending the Future of Research Triangle Students

Thousands of students call Wake County and the surrounding area home for their college experience.  These students come from around the world and from every walk of life.  They attend schools like North Carolina State University (NCSU), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Duke University, Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech), Meredith College, Shaw University, and William Peace University.  For most, this may be the first time that they experienced the freedom of living without parental influence.  The college life can be rewarding but it also offers numerous temptations that can often lead to criminal charges. 

These college students face the same penalties as anyone else arrested in Wake County. However, they can face additional consequences at school. Colleges and universities may suspend or expel students based on criminal accusations on or off campus.

At Coolidge Law Firm, we understand that a criminal accusation can deeply harm a student’s future. We fight to preserve your opportunities. Your life—and your academic career—are not over simply because you were arrested, but you must take action to preserve your opportunities. Call an attorney now.

Some schools, including NCSU and UNC–Chapel Hill, allow for attorney advisors in disciplinary proceedings for matters not related to academic dishonesty. We have successfully represented students at these proceedings and we can help you preserve your bright future. 

Exploring All Available Options

If you find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of being arrested, remember that you are innocent until proven guilty.  You may believe that your only hope is to plead not guilty and set out to prove your innocence.  While you have the absolute right to plead not guilty and be tried by a jury, you have no obligation to prove your innocence.  You also have other options that can result in a positive outcome.

Wake County has diversion programs for both felonies and misdemeanors. However, the prosecutor must approve. At Coolidge Law Firm, we understand the availability and requirements of these alternative prosecution programs and we regularly achieve the prosecutors approval to place our clients in such programs.

The fact remains that the majority of cases are handled by plea agreements.  We never railroad our clients into plea agreements with the state.  However, we always seek out every possible option to our client so that we can help your as our client make the most informed decision about your case. 

As trial attorneys, we always exhaust all possible avenues to have your charges dismissed.  We prepare your case as though we will be forced to defend you before a jury of your peers.  The prosecution must prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.  This heavy burden never transfers to the defense.
We will also carefully examine every piece of evidence that the prosecution says proves your guilt.  The police must obtain evidence without violating your constitutional right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.  If they violated your rights, we will discuss this with you and take the appropriate action to have this evidence suppressed such that it cannot be used against you at a trial.  We may even ask the judge to dismiss your charges.

Your attorney can call the accuracy and/or reliability of evidence into question. For instance, at Coolidge Law Firm, we employ the services of a DWI expert who can analyze tests and police procedure, and testify to any faults.

Do not face the daunting task of defending yourself against criminal charges.  Options exist.  Life will continue.  We know the doubt that you feel inside and we will be there each step of the way to help you make the most informed decision about your case. 

Finding the Best Criminal Defense Attorney in Wake County

Time is crucial when you face criminal accusations in Wake County. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can act to protect your rights.  We are proud to represent the accused in the Wake County courts and the federal district courts of North Carolina. We represent residents of Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Garner, Zebulon, Rolesville, Wendell, Knightdale, Morrisville, and Fuquay-Varina. Call us today at (919) 239-8448 to schedule a free consultation.

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David Coolidge
David A. Coolidge
is heading up our team as criminal defense attorney and graduate at the top of his class from Duke University School of Law ...
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Chelsea Flynt
is a criminal defense attorney at Coolidge Law Firm. A native of Greenville, NC, Chelsea knew she wanted to be ...
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Brent Blakesley
manages the daily operations at Coolidge Law Firm. Brent graduated from Duke University in 2008 with a BA...
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Eric Valencia
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