Welcome to the Shotwell Law Group

Located in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, we represent individuals charged with any type of criminal or traffic offense. We accept cases in New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick counties. No-nonsense criminal defense representation.

Local, Experienced Attorneys Who Work for You

Located in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, we represent individuals who have been charged with any type of criminal or traffic offense. We take cases that occurred in New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick counties. We also handle select personal injury cases.

Lawrence Shotwell, the firm’s founder, has represented and tried before a jury many serious criminal cases including first-degree murder, rape and drug trafficking. We handle everything from these incredibly serious offenses to simple traffic tickets.

Do not take a chance with you or your loved one’s freedom. Contact us today for a free consultation. Come see, hear and feel the difference that the Shotwell Law Group can make in your case.

We are an experienced, aggressive criminal defense law firm. If you want a tough and knowledgeable team of trial lawyers who will fight relentlessly for you in court, contact the Shotwell Law Group.

With more than 23 years of combined trial experience, our dedicated legal team strives to use our expertise and experience to deliver the best outcomes for each client.

Our promise to all our clients is to offer the very best legal advice and to consistently exceed your expectations.

Every day, our attorneys and team work with local law enforcement, parole and judicial professionals across most of Southeastern North Carolina. We represent clients facing criminal charges in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties.

Need legal help? Request a Free Consultation.

During your free consultation, one of our attorneys will review the details of your case, as well as discuss your options and the best legal strategy moving forward.

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With more than 23 combined years of legal experience, our experienced attorneys are supported by a knowledgeable, aggressive team. Together, we are always fighting for our clients.

What People Say About Us

Sarah Goggin
Sarah Goggin
15:05 22 Jun 18
Blake Spale is a great attorney. Very responsive in answering questions that related to my case via email. Helped to get charges dismissed and avoid court fees. Knowledgeable and friendly with folks in the courtroom. The office staff, namely Lucy, is helpful with reminders and scheduling. Highly recommend Blake.
jason saunders
jason saunders
11:58 11 Jul 18
Awesome lawyer!! Wasn't expensive, kept me up to date with everything that was happening and what I needed to do, and handled my case perfectly... Outcome, "Not Guilty"!! Amazing job..... Very grateful!!
alex bautista
alex bautista
17:47 03 Jul 18
Best lawyer ever. Came in to see him about a case i had last minute and he got it dismissed for me like he said he would. Highly recommended!
Tre Young
Tre Young
02:45 12 Apr 18
Can't thank Mr.Shotwell enough for his efforts representing me, he is Very professional and made me feel very comfortable about my case. He got my assault with a deadly weapon charge dimissed! Highly recommended.
MC Santos
MC Santos
18:53 15 Aug 17
Cannot say enough good things about Shotwell & his staff. He and his staff are kind & compassionate and go above and beyond to resolve your issues. We worked with Lawrence for over a year on a high-risk case and he was there to answer our questions, meet with us throughout the process, and reassure us he was doing everything he could to get the best possible outcome. He knows his stuff, and is very good at what he does. We would 100% recommend anyone with legal trouble - big or small - to go here. You won't regret it.
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Home of the “Shotwell Motion”

The “Shotwell Motion,” created by founding attorney H. Lawrence Shotwell, has made news all over the state.

State DWI Cases Dropped
DWI Dismissals Appealed
Magistrates’ Mistakes … Dismissed DWIs
DWI Suspects Get Relief