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James Rutherford - Wilmington Criminal Attorney

Wilmington Criminal Defense Lawyer

Certified Specialist Back by Nearly 15 Years 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.

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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Our Clients Share Their Experience

  • “He prepared us both for the proceedings and made the experience as stress-free as possible.”

    Kara B.

  • “He went above and beyond his duties as an attorney and handled my case with skill and tact.”


  • “He stepped up and did an outstanding job.”


  • “Outstanding professional, you're in great hands from the start.”


  • “James Rutherford is the by far the best attorney to have to see you through your case.”


  • “James listened with intention, developed a strategy, thoroughly prepared me and completely made me feel assured that justice was on my side. ”

    Susan W.

  • “You could see it on his face he actually cares about children in the school and their rights as individuals.”


  • “James is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.”


  • “He was always in great communication with us, organized, and reliable, which gave us the utmost confidence in him.”


  • “He was able to get it dismissed and also represented my father who also won his case.”


About James F. Rutherford

Your Wilmington Criminal Defense Attorney

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 Stars℠.

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 those in and around Wilmington, NC.

What Sets Our Defense Firm Apart

Hire an Attorney Who Cares About Your Unique Case

  • AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • 14+ Years Experience
  • Field Sobriety Test Certified
  • National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers

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James Rutherford, Attorney at Law

615 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Phone: (910) 595-1377

Regular Hours
  • Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed
Service Area:

Wilmington and surrounding cities and counties.