Jesse Scharff

About Jesse Scharff

I was built to be a criminal defense attorney. The opportunity to fight for the preservation of my clients rights under the law is an awesome privilege.

There was never any question in my mind as to which field of law I would practice. I knew I wanted to be a counselor and defender to those faced with criminal prosecution. Staring down government accusations of criminal wrongdoing is a frightening process for most people. Criminal defendants deserve to have an advocate who is sworn to champion their constitutional rights, and protect their liberty throughout the judicial process.

I was raised in a family that stressed the importance of service to those who didn’t always have a recognized voice in the world. My parents were teachers, and my Grandmother retired as an instructor to children with special needs. She was the first person in my family to graduate from college, and her diploma and graduation photo are proudly on display in my office.

I received my trial training in one of the highest national crime centers in the country, as a Public Defender in Baltimore Maryland. It is a start that I am very proud to have experienced. I represented hundreds of clients during those four years, and did my best to provide them with as many options as possible as their cases progressed. I had dozens of bench trials, and conducted the defense of over 25 jury trials. Winning was important – it was a very important thing – but it wasn’t always the only thing. I learned that my clients wanted an advocate that kept open a clear line of honest communication. It’s this kind of interaction that over time, builds a solid foundation of trust. Trust is essential when clients are facing life changing decisions.

Whether it be a bond review, or a closing argument…I want my client’s input. Criminal defendants have a lot on the line, and they deserve to be a part of the process. As a criminal defense lawyer in Raleigh, I bring a high level of expertise to a case, but certain decisions will ultimately rest with my client. For example, whether or not to testify, and whether or not to enter a plea or request a trial. My job is to open as many doors for my clients as possible, advise them of the best door to walk through – and when necessary…to go to battle to ensure their freedom.

I love being in private practice, I am proud to have founded the Scharff Law Firm in Raleigh. I focus on all areas of criminal defense including DWI charges, Domestic Violence, Drug Charges, and Theft Charges. I look forward to working diligently to defend clients in Raleigh and across the state of North Carolina.


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Maryland State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NC
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of NC
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of NC


  • Spence Trial Lawyers College, Dubois WY 2012
  • National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute, Macon GA 2012
  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2001
  • UNC Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts- History, 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Contributing Editor for the Attorney At Law Magazine

Civic Involvement

  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church
  • Raleigh Rescue Mission, Volunteer
  • Neighbor to Neighbor, Volunteer