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Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer - Detwiler Law

Detwiler Law handles criminal cases of all levels, from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. For every client, we employ a results-oriented approach based on the facts and circumstance of the individual case.


Whether you are facing criminal charges for a first-time offense or you have a criminal record that could lead to more severe consequences, Chris has the skills needed to represent you in a variety of criminal cases. The Law Office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC has represented clients charged with criminal offenses throughout the Wake County area, in the following types of cases:


Simple Assault

Aggravated Assault


Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Domestic Violence

Sexual Assault and Battery


Drug Offenses

Property Crimes

Probation Violations

Traffic Violations

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Providing Strong Criminal Defense With Proven Experience in the Courtroom.

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Experience You Can Trust - Christopher Detwiler

Chris is a highly dedicated criminal defense attorney who values his clients' well-being and legal rights. He is driven by a genuine concern for individuals who have been accused of criminal offenses, and approaches each case with a deep sense of empathy and works tirelessly to defend his clients' interests.

Need a defense attorney who won’t just plead and move on? Contact us today.

Types of Cases a Criminal Lawyer Can Help Defend

The Law Office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC works with clients in a variety of practice areas. From misdemeanor to felony offenses, you’ll find that Chris is experienced, strategic, and talented in practicing criminal defense law in Raleigh, NC, and the surrounding areas.

Drug Crimes

Drug offenses can result in fines, imprisonment, and a criminal record that follows you around for life. Drug crimes can impact future employment and housing opportunities and wreak havoc on your life if not represented by a skilled drug crime defense lawyer. There are a variety of different types of drug charges, from possession, intent to sell, drug trafficking, and more. If you are facing a drug crime charge in Raleigh, NC, contact Chris at The Law Office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC to learn about your options for legal representation.


Driving under the influence and driving while impaired are offenses that prosecutors and judges take seriously. Chris has successfully represented DWI clients and understands that one bad judgment call or mistake should not destroy your entire future and livelihood. When you work with The Law Office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC you can expect the best possible defense related to your DWI case with a focus on winning and avoiding long-term repercussions.

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes often encompass assault charges that range from simple assault to more serious charges like an assault with a deadly weapon or assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Working with Chris Detwiler, you will find that there are several ways to contest violent crime charges.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes include sexual battery, indecent liberties with a child, and rape. If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime, it’s essential to secure a legal mind who understands the unique nature of representing clients in these cases. Chris understands how a guilty verdict could uproot and destroy your life, which is why he implements the best approach to fight for you.

Property Crime

Whether trespassing, larceny, injury to property, breaking and entering, arson, or vandalism, property crimes encompass a broad range of offenses. Chris has experience representing clients charged with a variety of different property crimes and can help you avoid a conviction.

Gun Charges

Facing gun charges can be daunting, with potential consequences that could affect your entire future. Whether it's for unlawful possession, carrying without a permit, or use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, gun-related criminal charges require the expertise of seasoned criminal defense attorneys.

Benefits of Detwiler’s Criminal Defense Law Firm

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or with a serious felony, it is vital to meet with a successful criminal defense attorney. When working with The Law Office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC you are getting legal experience combined with Chris’ passion and tenacity to win your case.

Every client that comes to this law firm can have the peace of mind that he or she is receiving quality legal services. Chris has extensive experience working with area prosecutors and the district attorney’s office and will focus on winning when handling the legal issues surrounding your case. While no attorney can ever guarantee an outcome, Chris will always fight your criminal charges with the focus of avoiding a guilty verdict and winning your case, whether you are facing a first-degree murder charge or a first-time traffic violation.

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What Our Clients Are Saying About Our
North Carolina Criminal Defense Attorney

I could not be happier with Christopher. From day 1 this gentleman made himself available to answer any question I had. He was always there for me. I always had communication with him and his office. He was by far the most polished lawyer I saw in all my hearings every time I had to show up for court. He beat my case. Chris and his law firm changed the course of my life. I could not be happier. I would recommend Chris and this law firm to any and everyone. I can not speak any higher of how I was treated and my case handled. He always took the time and made me feel like I was his only case when clearly I know he’s a busy person. He was absolutely incredible!!! Thank you again so much! I will never forget it!
Chris Detwiler is the BEST! He listened to me, was honest with what he would and could do and provide, and he worked hard to ensure the best outcome for my case -which was dismissed! He and his staff kept me up to date and they didn’t give up the fight for justice in my case. I would highly recommend him!
I had an awesome experience with Chris! He showed conscientiousness through out my case and he had addressed the clear picture of what to expect during the process. I highly recommend him as he as strong understanding of NC law and rules.
I hired Chris To represent me for a speeding ticket of 59 in a 35 in a school zone. He got me off with no points on my license and no Increase in my insurance. He, along with his whole entire staff is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and walked me through the process step-by-step. They offered prompt, clear responses to all of my questions. The communication with the office is top-notch. I am absolutely thrilled with my outcome. Chris is absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend.
Chris and his team were extremely helpful and at a great price. I had a difficult case that happened back in 2019 and I reached out to him for help after I continued the case several times. He was able to explain everything to me so I understood and was able to get my case dismissed and expunged. His team was available anytime I needed to ask a question. All for over a little over $400 he was able to help me with a DWLR (driver while lisence recovered), failure to reduce speed causing accident, and a hit and run case. His team kept me updated and did everything they could to beat my case. 100% recommend him to anyone who has a traffic case. His team is awesome.
Chris Detwiler was my first attorney and will continue to remain my go-to attorney because he is the textbook definition of someone who’s got your back. He is all things professional, attentive to his clients and their cases, clear in communication, compassionate in posture, and provides fantastic service all around. I’m so grateful that my friend recommended Chris to me and I’ve continued to do the same for anyone that is in need of representation for traffic tickets. Thank you Chris for all you do!
It's been a while since Chris helped me, but I definitely should have written this review sooner. While I was dealing with Chris, I was pretty rude to him. In spite of that, he always maintained a professional attitude and was polite and attended to my (overly demanding) needs as a client. Chris is polite, patient, professional, and good at what he does. If you're looking for an attorney, you found the right man for the job.
Chris and his staff made me feel like my case was the only one they had when it came to questions, updates regarding case, what to expect and how he was going to represent me. I was in awe of Chris when my case was finally heard, the knowledge he has and the way he dictated that knowledge, I can never thank Chris and his amazing staff enough. FYI thanks to Chris I was found NOT GUILTY. So if you're looking for a Attorney that has Your Back from Day 1 and Never Gives Up on You or Your Case, then look No Further than Chris Detwiler and his staff. A special thanks to Carleen and Erin.
Mr. Detwiler and his staff were awesome from beginning to end. When I called to see what my sons options were for his traffic ticket, Mr. Detwiler was very down to earth and "real". He explained everything and gave us best and worst case scenarios. When I hung up I didn't feel like my son was just another case to Mr. Dewilder. I knew he would do his absolute best to get the best result for my son. He genuinely cares and does everything in his power to get a "win" for his clients. Thank You!!
The greatest in the area! Mr. Detwiler was very thorough and set my expectations upfront. He was always available for my questions and concerns and he put me at ease throughout the entire process. He possesses a thorough knowledge of the law and defended me until the end of the process. He has an extensive knowledge of the judicial system and has affirmed relationships throughout the area. I would 10/10 recommend him to anyone. And his team at his law firm is superb. They are comforting, detail oriented, and reliable. I would also like to give a shoutout to Kaitlyn, she is the best. Look no more for a lawyer, he is worth every dime.
A ROCKSTAR IN YOUR CORNER Chris Detwiler is a true professional, and a ROCKSTAR in your corner . When faced with a criminal case in NC, I didn’t know what to do. Had never been in trouble before. After scouring the internet to find suitable representation, his information was at the top of my search……and for good reason… HE BELONGS THERE! From the initial phone consultation, and through months of worrying, his and the attitude of his entire team never changed. He was immediately easy to talk to easy to understand, and made me believe I was in good hands. And I was. Much thanks to Chris DETWILER and his entire team. You made a very stressful situation for me and my family PAINLESS. If ever in need Of your services again……I will not hesitate
To be honest there are not enough words to describe how mazing Chris, is at what he does and to top it off he has the best team in his office I've ever worked with. They update ypu in all the upcoming cases, not just phone calls but text messages. I hope I never need him again but if I did he will always be my first choice. I really appreciate you guys for your work and working with me. Again no words can describe how amazing these guys are. It
Did a wonderful job He helped me through my whole case. Kept me updated through the whole thing and got wonderful results. Awesome staff as well.
Such an amazing attorney he really made everything so clear so easy to understand works with you and really takes the time to handle any situation you’re in I highly suggest him to anyone wanting clear answers with a professional take on things thank you so much ❤️
Chris and his team are amazing. Chris his self is very knowledgeable when it comes to DUI. He will always try to get you the best outcome in your case.
Mr. Detwiler provided positivity and support when I believed all was lost. He and his entire team were wonderful to have on my side; and made me feel like they truly cared. He has an incredible background and radiates confidence. Highly recommend Mr. Detwiler and his team to anyone needing help with legal issues. Thank you for everything!
Chris is the best lawyer in the triangle hands down! Highly recommended!
This man is the best attorney highly recommend him
This was such a quickly handled positive outcome on my case. Chris is an extremely intelligent lawyer with obvious compassion for his clients & their individual situations.
Christopher Detwiler has resolved several back to back tickets that me and my wife have incurred in the last year. He has saved me lots of money on insurance points as well as drivers license points. I would recommend Christopher Detwiler for anyone looking for an honest, knowledgeable, courteous, successful attorney. His staff has answered all my questions intelligently, with clear understanding empathy. Thank you Christopher and your staff. It’s nice to know you’re there for us.
Great service, great results! Will definitely refer people your way! Experience counts! 👍🙏
They care about what they do! I want them to know they're appreciated. 👩‍💼👨‍💼⚖️
Attorney Detwiler is a wonderful, caring attorney. My family and I needed him for a case we never thought would hit our doorstep. He guided us, his staff was communicative and he was able to get the situation resolved. I cannot go into detail but suffice it to say that if anyone needs an attorney who will treat you as if you are his only client, Mr. Detwiler is that person. We are forever thankful to your staff and you for all you did to help our family. We can finally resume our lives and move forward. Thank you, all of you from our home to yours - we appreciate all you did - every step of the way!
Chris and his staff are the best around. I’ve never felt more comfortable in uncertain circumstances but they always put me at ease. I highly recommend this firm.

Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions

You must understand your rights, and if you are arrested you have the right to remain silent and not to speak to law enforcement officers without an attorney present.

The most important thing within your control is to stay quiet when accused by law enforcement, as anything you say or do can be used against you when charged and prosecuted. If you’re wrongly accused of a criminal offense, it’s crucial to take immediate and strategic actions to protect your rights and future. Firstly, secure a skilled defense attorney who can assemble a dedicated team to work on your case. This team will be instrumental in gathering evidence, formulating a criminal defense strategy, and ensuring that your side of the story is accurately represented. Remember, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and having a competent criminal defense attorney to maintaining that presumption. Exercise your right to remain silent and avoid discussing your case with anyone but your attorney, as anything you say can be used against you. Trust in your defense lawyers to navigate the legal complexities and work tirelessly towards achieving favorable results. Their expertise and commitment can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. If you are wrongly accused of a crime and need legal representation by a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer, Chris Detwiler at The Law Office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC is here to help.

To discuss fees and payment options, please contact the office to set up a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your criminal case. At that point, Chris can have a greater picture of potential costs for your case.

Until you have your initial free consultation, the legal strategies that would work for your specific case are unknown. All criminal cases have unique, individual qualities that relate to that specific case only.

“Criminal lawyers” and “criminal defense lawyers” are often used interchangeably, but they differ in specialization. A criminal defense lawyer is specifically trained in defending against criminal charges, with expertise in trial tactics and defense strategies. They handle tasks like negotiating deals, formulating plea bargains, and gathering evidence for defense. In contrast, a general lawyer may deal with various legal areas but might not possess the specialized knowledge in criminal defense. Thus, while all criminal defense lawyers are lawyers, not all lawyers are specialized in criminal defense.

From a good criminal defense lawyer, you should expect a unique set of skills dedicated to investigating your case and gathering evidence to support your defense. This criminal defense attorney will work tirelessly with their team to formulate robust defense strategies, ensuring that every aspect of your case is thoroughly prepared for. They will engage in daily activities like client meetings, reviewing evidence, and researching ongoing cases, which are crucial for building a strong case on your side. Additionally, a competent lawyer will handle responsibilities like calling and cross-questioning witnesses during the trial, negotiating plea bargains to potentially reduce sentences, and offering realistic predictions about case outcomes.

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in North Carolina, contact the office today to get started on your journey toward proving your innocence.

At The Law office of Christopher R. Detwiler, PLLC, Chris Detwiler fights on behalf of his clients with the primary goal of winning your criminal case and avoiding jail time or other detrimental long-term consequences.

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