About

Who We Are

Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC is a team of criminal defense attorneys protecting your rights and future in Carteret County. We are led by a former prosecuting attorney with strong legal relationships in the community and supported by 3 NC board-certified paralegals. We also consult a special investigative agent of the state who can provide critical legal and medical insight into your case.

We recognize that a criminal conviction is one of the last legal ways that a prospective employer, educational institution, financial institution, or landlord can discriminate against you. A criminal conviction can be life-altering with permanent, far-reaching consequences. As a result, it is important that you take the step to safeguarding your future and the future of your loved ones by hiring one of our experienced Carteret County attorneys to help you through your legal issue today.

We’re Here For You

We have successfully represented clients throughout Carteret County and beyond.

Our Story

Our firm was first founded in 1995, and it has been generationally carried on since then. We have been fighting for Carteret County residents for decades, and we will continue to. From complex cases like manslaughter to emotionally-charged cases of domestic violence, our track record proves that we can handle all types of criminal charges. We have handled more than 1,500 criminal cases throughout our practice, and even today we stay rooted in our founding years ago to fight for the people. 

  • In-House Medical Advisor & Investigator
  • Strong Relationships with Local Judges & Prosecutors
  • Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled
  • Continuous Generations of Attorneys Since 1995
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • American Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • ASLA
  • 10 Best
  • “My specific case took several years and at no moment did I think Mr. Kennedy did not have my best interest at heart.”
  • “When I got my DWI, the day after I immediately Googled the best lawyers down in Beaufort, NC. Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm was the first one to pop up.”
  • “When I met with other big attorneys in the area, they acted like they could care less, when I met with Mr. Kennedy, he listened intently, didn't rush me, and then seemed genuinely concerned about what my son was facing.”
  • “From the beginning the paralegal or secretary was cheerful, helpful, quick and made this as efficient as possible!!!! Thank you ,thank you! Didn’t even have to go to court paid over the phone thank you so much!”
  • “I would advise everyone who wants to fill comfortable, safe, and at ease during the whole process of their situation to retain Joe and his staff! You will witness the professionalism from the beginning to the end and will be knowledgeable during the whole ”
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