James Richard “Rick” Hamlett, II was born and raised in the Rocky Mount, NC area. He attended high school at Southwest Edgecombe in Pinetops, NC and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from East Carolina University. Rick graduated Magna Cum Laude, 2nd in his law school class from Campbell University where he served on the Campbell Law Review. Rick is licensed in the state courts and all federal courts having jurisdiction over North Carolina citizens. He concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal defense, including all types of matters from murder to minor traffic offenses, and civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice. Rick has handled many first degree murder cases without ever having a client convicted for that offense. He has represented clients and argued cases successfully before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court. Rick is past President of the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association and the Nash/Edgecombe Bar Association. Admitted: 1994.