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Federal criminal charges are complex and require specialized knowledge. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of federal laws and regulations, as well as the intricacies of the federal court system. We have successfully handled a wide range of federal cases, including white-collar crimes, drug offenses, fraud, conspiracy, and more.
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Former Prosecutor

Armed with an intimate knowledge of federal 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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Trial Ready

When your case goes to trial, you need attorneys who are experienced and confident in a federal courtroom. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and are adept at presenting persuasive arguments and cross-examining witnesses. We will zealously advocate for you, striving to secure the best possible outcome in your case
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Thorough Preparation

Building a strong defense requires a meticulous approach. We conduct thorough investigations, analyzing evidence, interviewing witnesses, and uncovering any potential flaws in the prosecution's case. Our attorneys leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice and will fight relentlessly to challenge the evidence against you.
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Personalized Approach

We believe that every client deserves personalized attention and a tailored defense strategy. We take the time to listen to your concerns, understand your unique circumstances, and develop a comprehensive defense plan specifically designed for your federal case. Our attorneys will guide you through the legal process, keeping you informed and involved every step of the way.
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Proven Track Record

Our firm has a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients. We have successfully obtained dismissals, reduced charges, acquittals, and favorable plea bargains in numerous federal cases. We are skilled negotiators and formidable litigators, ready to aggressively defend your rights and protect your freedom.

A Top-Tier Strategy &
Results Based Approach

Crafting a top-tier federal defense strategy is an intricate and multifaceted process that requires a meticulous understanding of both the legal intricacies and the unique circumstances surrounding the case. We use a comprehensive approach that combines legal expertise, strategic thinking, and a deep commitment to protecting the client’s rights and interests.

Our firm’s results based approach leverages the best possible outcome. We perform a thorough examination of the evidence, identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and explore opportunities for the suppression of evidence or dismissal of the case. We then craft a narrative that leverages innovative legal and factual arguments, to persuade the prosecution, court, and jury.

Experience & Skill

Your Federal Defense 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 federal defense attorney with expertise in Federal 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.

Based in Forsyth County, North Carolina, Harkey handles Federal Cases in the Middle District of North Carolina and the Western District of North Carolina.

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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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Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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