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Board Certified Specialist

The pinnacle of legal expertise in the field. Rigorous examination and evaluation, specialists demonstrate an exceptional level of knowledge, skill, and experience in criminal law, making them highly qualified advocates for clients facing criminal charges.
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Former Prosecutor

Armed with an intimate knowledge of prosecutorial tactics and a commitment to protecting the rights of the accused. We know the system. And we know how to make the system work for you.
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Unmatched Experience

Extensive courtroom experience and deep understanding of criminal law intricacies enable us to navigate complex legal challenges with precision and provide clients with exceptional representation.
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Strategically Aggressive

We combine a calculated and assertive approach to protect our client's rights and interests. We employ a tactically aggressive stance to challenge the evidence, advocate for favorable outcomes, and strive for the best possible resolution.
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Client Focused

We put our client's needs and interests at the forefront of our practice. We prioritize open communication, actively listen to our clients' concerns, and tailor strategies to align with our client's goals.
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Results Based Approach

Maximizing tactical advantages and proven strategies to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

We Shape the Best Defense.
Every Fact, Every Case.

Shaping a criminal defense strategy is a meticulous and multifaceted process aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for the accused. It involves careful examination of the facts, analysis of the applicable laws, and an understanding of the unique circumstances surrounding the case.

A well-crafted defense strategy scrutinizes the evidence, identifies weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, explores potential legal defenses, and strategically presents arguments to the court. By combining legal expertise, astute analysis, and a deep understanding of the client’s needs, a criminal defense strategy can be shaped to vigorously protect the accused’s rights, challenge the prosecution’s case, and strive for a favorable resolution in the face of adversity


Achieving the Best Possible Outcome for Your Case

The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated on a lawyer or law firm’s past results. The cases mentioned on this website are illustrative of matters handled by the managing partner of the firm. Individual case results depend upon a variety of factors that are unique to each case. Not all case results are provided and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

  • DateCriminal ChargesClientResult
  • 2024Federal Post Release Supervision ViolationS.C.No Violation Found
  • 2024Federal Felony Gun ChargeB.T.Downward Variance & Probation
  • 2024Felony Disclosure of Private ImagesL.S.Conditional Discharge
  • 2024Assault on Law Enforcement OfficerM.D.Not Guilty Verdict
  • 2023Insurance Fraud & ConspiracyA.C.Conditional Discharge Dismissal
  • 2023Habitual Felon and Felony Breaking & EnteringJ.S.Plea to Trespassing
  • 2023Federal Post Release Supervision ViolationR.I.Violation Reduced and Time Served
  • 2023Felony EmbezzlementJ.N.Dismissed
  • 2023Obtaining Property by False PretensesB.D.Dismissed
  • 2023Assault with a Deadly WeaponV.K.Not Guilty Verdict
  • 2023Assault on FemaleJ.I.Not Guilty Verdict
  • 2023AssaultP.R.Not Guilty Verdict
  • 2023Possession of Firearm by FelonD.D.Dismissed
  • 2023Felony 2nd Degree KidnappingB.A.Plea to Misd. Contributing to Delinquency of Minor
  • 2023Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon Serious Injury J.G.Dismissed
  • 2023Felony 2nd Degree KidnappingC.T.Dismissed
  • 2023Felony Possession of CocaineJ.S.Conditional Discharge Dismissal
  • 2022Exploitation of Older AdultW.U.Dismissed & Expunged
  • 2022Driving While ImpairedW.L.Dismissed
  • 2022Felony Armed RoberryD.N.Dismissed
  • 2022Assault on FemaleA.G.Not Guilty Verdict
  • 2022Federal Immigration FraudJ.R.Hung Jury
  • 2022Felony Possession of Schedule II Controlled SubstanceD.D.Conditional Discharge Dismissal and Expunction
  • 2022Felony Abduction of ChildD.F.Plea to Misd. Contributing to Delinquency of Minor
  • 2022Felony Disclosure of Private ImagesJ.B.Dismissed
  • 2021Felony 2nd Degree KidnappingK.L.Plea to Misdemeanor Simple Assault
  • 2021Statutory Rape AllegationsE.N.Not Charged
  • 2021First Degree Rape AllegationsA.S.Not Charged
  • 2021Identity Theft & Obtaining Property by False PretenseJ.T.Dismissed


Winston-Salem's Premier Criminal Defense Firm

Welcome to Harkey Litigation where compassion meets strategic aggression, and trust is the cornerstone of our foundation. We are proud to introduce our esteemed criminal defense firm, based right here in the heart of North Carolina.

In a world where justice can sometimes seem elusive, we understand the gravity of the challenges you face when accused of a crime. It is in these moments of uncertainty and vulnerability that our firm stands tall, ready to fight for your rights and provide unwavering support.

At our core, we are driven by compassion. We firmly believe that every person deserves a fair and just defense, regardless of the accusations leveled against them. We recognize that behind every case is a human story, with complexities and nuances that demand attention and empathy. When you step through our doors, you become more than just a client; you become a valued individual, worthy of respect and understanding.

While our compassion guides our approach, we also acknowledge the strategic nature of the legal system. We understand that effective defense requires a proactive and assertive stance. With extensive experience navigating the intricate pathways of criminal law, our team is well-versed in the art of a strategic defense. We leave no stone unturned as we diligently examine every aspect of your case, seeking to dismantle the prosecution’s arguments and protect your interests.

But our commitment to you extends beyond the confines of the courtroom. We firmly believe that trust is the bedrock upon which any successful attorney-client relationship is built. We value transparency and open communication, ensuring that you are always well-informed and empowered to make the best decisions for your future. Trust us to be your unwavering advocates, standing shoulder to shoulder with you throughout the legal process.

When you choose our firm, you choose an unwavering ally, committed to safeguarding your rights and fighting for the justice you deserve. We are here to provide the compassionate guidance you seek, coupled with the strategic aggression necessary to secure the best possible outcome for your case.

Let our North Carolina criminal defense firm be your steadfast support in times of need. Together, we can navigate the complex legal landscape and strive for a brighter future.

Experienced & Talented People

Harkey Litigation Team

Our philosophy is to be fully engaged in the representation of our clients. We will communicate candidly, prepare thoroughly, and advocate zealously. This is our promise.


Facing criminal charges can be an incredibly stressful and overwhelming experience. It is important to find healthy ways to manage your stress and promote relaxation during this challenging time.

Meanwhile, you also need to be proactive about your situation. Taking initiative and responding to the circumstances are essential steps to move forward. Hiring an attorney will help you actively seek solutions, anticipate problems, and take steps to guide you through the complex legal process.

Here are some the best steps you can take to protect yourself if you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina.

Exercise your right to remain silent. Law enforcement will pretend to be your friend, but they aren’t. Anything you say will be used against you in court. Avoid discussing the case with anyone other than your attorney.

It is crucial to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney with expertise in North Carolina law can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and build a strong defense on your behalf.

Familiarize yourself with the specific charges brought against you. An experienced attorney will explain the nature of the charges, potential penalties, and the legal strategies that will be used for your defense.

Provide your attorney with all relevant information about the incident and any potential witnesses. Documents, photographs, and recordings will help your attorney develop an effective defense strategy.

A good defense begins with early preparation. What transpires at the early stages are crucial to the foundation of a good defense. An attorney can guide you on what is admissible, relevant, and helpful to your defense. And help you avoid mistakes that may tank your case.

Let's Get Through This Together.

W. Scott Harkey is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in North Carolina Criminal law. He currently serves as the Chair of the Criminal Justice Section for the North Carolina Bar Association.

As a former prosecutor, he possesses in-depth knowledge of state and federal laws, procedures, and the intricacies of the criminal justice system. Harkey represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from pre-trial proceedings through trial.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, Harkey’s cases have been featured in the Washington Post, ESPN, USA Today, Adweek Magazine, CNN, and others.

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If you are in need of expert legal representation and compassionate guidance in criminal matters, reach out to our criminal law firm today for a free confidential consultation.

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