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A DWI arrest is often the most confusing and scary of all possible run-ins with the law.  One day you get pulled over and the next you have criminal charges and are without your privilege to drive. Call us and let’s talk about how to get things back to normal.

Traffic Tickets

Traffic tickets are often more troublesome than they seem.  If you have received a citation in the Outer Banks or other parts of northeast North Carolina, give us a call before you pay the ticket –  one call might save your license.


If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony offense in the OBX or anywhere in northeast North Carolina, contact Donahue Defense to assist you in your fight for justice.


If you are facing federal charges in the US District Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, call us immediately so that we might get started with your federal defense.

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At Donahue Defense, our work starts with your story.  We are not in the business of quantity over quality.  We take select cases in this particular northeast region of the state so that we can offer our time and dedication to each client – we believe that you can’t rush quality representation.  Call us for a case evaluation and let’s see if we’re the right fit for your defense.

Mr. Donahue is a great lawyer and I would recommend him to anyone facing criminal charges in this, or surrounding, areas. He was honest with me from the very beginning. He gave me a consultation over the phone, which a lot of lawyers won't do anymore. He even gave me names of other lawyers to talk to if I felt that he couldn't handle my case. Needless to say, after talking to a couple of other attorneys, I came RUNNING back to Mr. Donahue. His rates are very competitive and he treats me like a person, not just some criminal. He is attentive, compassionate, listens to everything I have to say, and is even able to calm my worries, fears, or doubts. He works hard to get the best possible outcome for whatever you may be facing. I hope that I will never need a lawyer again, but if I do Mr. Donahue will be the first person that I call.

Amber L.
Amber L.

Based on Daniel Donahue's reputation and his competence, we contacted Mr. Donahue. From our first contact, Daniel was responsive and sympathetic to our situation and worked hard to obtain a positive result to our problem. He kept us thoroughly informed during the legal process. We highly recommend Mr. Donahue as a lawyer that gets things done.


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Mr. Donahue represented me for DWI. I spoke with just about every lawyer in the area prior to hiring him with one result: the others without exception urged me to plead guilty and basically rely on the mercy of the judge.

Mr. Donahue was clear and upfront with his plan to defend me and realistic about my chances of being found innocent, the likely consequences of a conviction, and the pros and cons of pleading guilty versus fighting to the end.

I was always able to speak directly with him when I had questions or just wanted an update.

In the end I was not convicted of DWI solely because of his constant efforts to attain me a desirable result.

Thank you Mr. Donahue.


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