Joseph E. Houchin

Joseph E. Houchin

Raleigh, North Carolina
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Joe is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients in State and Federal court at both the trial and appellate levels. He has successfully defended clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors including drug possession and trafficking offenses, theft, status and firearm allegations, violent crimes, DWI, and traffic violations.

Joe also maintains a business law practice representing the needs of North Carolina employers and entrepreneurs. Previously, he worked with a civil litigation firm focusing on the defense of general liability, workers’ compensation, and commercial matters. In addition to being admitted to practice in all State and Federal District Courts in North Carolina, Joe has successfully represented clients before a variety of administrative bodies and professional licensing boards including the United States Department of Labor, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the North Carolina Code Qualifications Board, and at public university hearings.

A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Joe served as Chairman of the Ole Miss Moot Court Board where he was a member of the National Moot Court team and received honors for written and oral advocacy. Upon graduation, he was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. He received his undergraduate degree in Government and International Policy from George Mason University where he was a four year student-athlete and captain of the Swimming & Diving team.

Joe served as a judicial intern for Justice Paul M. Newby of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He is a certified Blackstone Fellow, following successful completion of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, conducted by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Joe is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and gratefully serves on the Board of Directors and as General Counsel for Love INC of Raleigh.

A Sample of Recent Successful Outcomes Include:

  • Not guilty jury verdict in DWI trial based on State's failure to prove the defendant was driving the vehicle at the time a single-car accident occurred.
  • Not guilty verdict in free speech case where sidewalk protestor faced criminal charges.
  • Negotiated voluntary dismissal of client's DWI charge where evidence showed that, while defendant's was "operating" the vehicle for purposes of the law, the vehicle never moved and defendant never intended to drive.
  • Successful motions to dismiss based on constitutional challenges of automobile stops performed without reasonable suspicion by the arresting officer.
  • Pre-trial dismissal of DWI charges for lack of evidence supporting proof of impairment.
  • Successfully saved North Carolina business owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and fines sought by the State.


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina


  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D.
  • George Mason University
    • B.A.
    • Major: Government and International Politics


  • Uninsured Claims 101: Contempt, Penalties and Employee Misclassification Legislation, 20th Annual NC Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference

Honors and Awards

  • John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, runner- up
  • Daniel Coker Horton & Bell Appellate Advocacy Competition, winner
  • Blackstone Fellow, Alliance Defense Fund
  • University of Mississippi Moot Court Board, Chairman
  • National Moot Court Team Member

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys