Attorney Raymond Tarlton

Raymond Tarlton is an amazing attorney. He was professional and very accommodating. I was always able to reach him for any questions I had, unlike other attorneys who take days to respond. He’s confident in his knowledge of the law, not to mention he won us the case! I can’t thank him enough and would easily recommend him to anyone with a legal matter. Thanks again Raymond!

- Jabriel Abdelaziz

Raymond Tarlton has over ten years of experience in North Carolina criminal defense proceedings, first as a state court prosecutor and then a criminal defense attorney. He completed his undergraduate work at Wake Forest University, where he majored in philosophy and developed a deep appreciation for our natural rights secured by the Constitution. After graduating, he immersed himself in the study of law at Campbell University, and graduated from law school in the top five percent of his class. After law school, he passed the Bar and went to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County. There he prosecuted and tried over a hundred criminal cases in the District Court and several in the Superior Court.

Having learned the tactics of prosecutors to push defendants into poor plea deals, Raymond left his job as a prosecutor and went into private practice. As a defense attorney, he worked regularly with a former federal prosecutor and represented folks from all walks of life on a wide range of cases, including minor traffic tickets, drunk driving, drug offenses, assault, theft, sex offenses, federal firearm offenses, export controls on restricted technology, and Medicaid provider regulations. He also has defended individuals and business owners in civil lawsuits and brought civil claims on behalf of people who have been harmed by wrongful, deceptive, or otherwise irresponsible conduct. Finally, he aggressively litigated serious issues involving violations of cherished constitutional rights and civil liberties.

Raymond practices in North Carolina state district court, superior court, and federal court.  Recently, Raymond served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of North Carolina, where he represented people either too poor to hire a lawyer or have otherwise ran out of assets while fighting legal battles. He was also involved in the Clemency Project, which successfully petitioned former president Barack Obama to commute federal prison sentences up to 30 years on behalf of 35 inmates.

If you need a criminal defense or civil rights lawyer in North Carolina, you should contact Raymond Tarlton by calling our office or filling out a consultation request below.

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Lawyer Raymond Tarlton


  • Former Assistant Wake County Prosecutor
  • Former Assistant Federal Defender Eastern District of NC



  • NC State Bar
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US District Court EDNC
  • US District Court MDNC


  • Wake County Bar
  • U.S. District Court, EDNC, Local Criminal Rules Committee, 2015-2016
  • Federal Bar Association EDNC, Chair of Publicity Committee
  • North Carolina Advocates For Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • NC IDS First Degree & Capital Murder Cases : Roster of Private Attorneys for Appointments
  • NC IDS Non-Capital Appeals: Roster of Private Attorneys for Appointments