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North Carolina’s Criminal Defense Attorney

Wilmington NC Criminal Defense Lawyer

Certified Specialist Backed by a Decade of Experience

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you are in a race against the clock to fight for your freedom and future. Law enforcement officers and the prosecutor have already started building a case against you, and they have the backing of government resources. You need hard-hitting legal defense, and you need it now.

James F. Rutherford, Attorney at Law, P.A. is a certified specialist in criminal law, certified by the North Carolina State Bar. This means that he is well-reviewed by peers, took additional high-level training in this specialty after school, has extensive experience in criminal law, and passed a rigorous exam to become a certified expert in the field. In order to maintain this elite certification, our Wilmington NC criminal defense attorney stays at the leading edge of criminal defense. Don’t hesitate to find out how our powerhouse defender can guard your reputation, finances, and future.

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From the start of his career, James has had a passion for advocating for the rights of people who face the criminal justice system. When your rights, career, and permanent record are all jeopardized, he knows how to get results, and he has proven this talent and resolve time and again. He has the experience, tireless advocacy, and expertise you need. In fact, he is AV Preeminent® rated by his peers for his exceptional ethical standards as well as his legal skill and successes.

From 2013 to 2015, he has been included on the list of Super Lawyers® Rising Starsâ„ .

Not only is he certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in criminal law, recognized by Super Lawyers as a rising star, but he is also certified to administer standardized field sobriety tests by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. An especially qualified DWI defense attorney and criminal lawyer, James dedicates his practice to serving people in and around Wilmington, NC.

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  • Field Sobriety Test Certified
  • AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • 10+ Years of Experience
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