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James Lupton

James Lupton

Wheatly Law Group- The first step is always the hardest, but we’re here to help!
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Traffic Tickets
  • North Carolina
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Cliff H. August 26, 2022
Thoughtful and Effective The Wheatley law firm and James Lupton offer superior legal representation! Mr. Lupton is an excellent listener, quick to grasp the essence of your case, and adept at handling all legal aspects. He responds with care and attention and is the best advocate you can have in a courtroom. Highly recommend!
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Jim Lupton is an accomplished criminal defense attorney and formerly a successful local prosecutor. He is the only private criminal defense attorney in Carteret County both certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a State Criminal Law Specialist and recognized as an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
He is knowledgeable, confident, well-respected, hardworking and above all, always dedicated to protecting his clients by listening to them, being available for them, and aggressively fighting for them.
Jim has also been admitted to practice in U.S. District Court and the United States Supreme Court, but chooses to concentrate his practice in the courtrooms of Carteret County.
As a longtime prosecutor in Carteret County, Jim prosecuted countless thousands of cases in district court, from minor traffic and driving while impaired, assaults, drug offenses, property crimes, wildlife and fisheries violations while also successfully trying countless jury trails in Superior Court for all manners of felonies, including but not limited to robberies, sex offenses, narcotic sales, burglaries and countless others.
In his twenty-five years as a privately retained criminal defense attorney, he has helped many thousands of clients deal with charges from the simplest traffic offense all the way up to murder. On the most severe of cases when it benefits our clients, Jim will work alongside John E. Nobles, III and other talented partners of the firm.
Jim is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, The National Trial Lawyers, The Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court, Carteret County Bar, District 3-B Bar (Past President) and Lookout Rotary Club. He received his B.S., cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1987 and his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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U.S. Supreme Court
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United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Wheatly Law Group
Assistant District Attorney
Carteret County
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University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. (1992)
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Wake Forest University
B.S. (1987) | Business
Honors: Cum Laude
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Top 10 Criminal Defense North Carolina
Attorney and Practice Magazine
10 Best- North Carolina Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Legal Elite - Recognized for Excellence Criminal Defense
Business North Carolina Magazine
AV Peer Review Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV® Peer Review Rating — An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV® rating.
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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Judicial District 4 Bar Association, Past President
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Eastern North Carolina Inns of Court
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North Carolina Advocates for Justice
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National Trial Lawyers
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Carteret County Bar Association
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Specialist North Carolina State Criminal Law
North Carolina State Bar
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710 Cedar Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
Telephone: (252) 728-3158
Fax: (252) 728-5282
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