Truly Invested in Your Case and Your Story Quality, Aggressive Advocacy for Criminal Defendants

Why Choose Us?

Criminal Law Expert with 14 Years of Proven Defense

For more than a decade, our Wilmington NC criminal defense lawyer at James F. Rutherford, Attorney at Law. has been providing high-quality, aggressive advocacy for criminal defendants all across North Carolina. He dedicates a significant portion of his practice defending clients accused of criminal charges, including felonies, misdemeanors, DWI, sex crimes, and more. No case is too large or too small.

Why Clients Trust James F. Rutherford:

  • He Cares About You.
  • Skilled with 14+ years of experience: James is a seasoned defense attorney with over 14 years of experience tackling a wide variety of tough cases, including DWI and sex crimes.
  • Personalized, hands-on counsel: James works directly with each client during the entire duration of their cases. He always goes the extra mile in order to ensure their needs are met.
  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law: Only attorneys with extensive experience, accomplishments, and peer recognitions can gain certification as a specialist. James brings his proven expertise to each case under his care.
  • Super Lawyers named him a Rising Star: Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state receive this honor.
  • AV® Peer Review Rated: This rating is earned through rigorous evaluation by our legal peers for an attorney's legal ethics and abilities.
  • Certified in Field Sobriety Testing: A certified specialist receives in-depth training on how to property administer field sobriety tests, as well as the flaws and inaccuracies inherent in the testing process.

Call Our Wilmington NC Criminal Defense Attorney Today: (910) 595-1377

If you have been arrested, discuss your charges with our team. We can review your situation and provide you with our honest assessments on how to best move forward. James Rutherford is a criminal law specialist with the right experience, knowledge, and legal savvy to help you.

Call our office at (910) 595-1377​ to request a FREE evaluation.

Our Clients Share Their Experience

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


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


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

    Kara B.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Susan W.

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